“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as it is, as the confidence of their help.”
If you read my posts consistently, you may have discerned through the lines that I have been adrift creatively. With no shows, no Macaroni Kid interaction and being pretty secluded, my creative spirit has sadly, not been nurtured. It needs constant nurturing and interaction with other creatives to flourish. That sounds so selfish when I reread it, but it is true. There is nothing as wonderful as being with people to share and exchange ideas.
One of THE most creative, yet humble, yet giving people in this category is my friend Toni Ritchey-Ridella. How did we meet? I think I saw her name in a FB group about fiber dyeing and then she put on a dyeing workshop where Natalie Redding was the guest and teacher. From there, our friendship grew and I became involved in her Raggz Fiber Affair. Here we are way back on 2017. Toni’s in the middle to the right of Natalie.
I met so many talented artists and learned so much that weekend and many of these ladies are still friends. I saw a few at the show yesterday. We all took this class to advance our skills.
Here’s my set up from yesterday. I didn’t think I had much, but I had just enough to encourage folks to come in, peek around and part with a bit of their hard earned cash to support my animals. Until I got there, I was so focused on trying to sell my stuff that I almost missed the whole point-inspiration! Being with other fiber lovers! Renewing friendships! Things that Covid has tried to quash. But thanks to Toni and her unfailing support of the fiber community, that DID NOT HAPPEN! Once Jay (thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your help getting me set up!) and I got the tent up and my wares displayed, and others started to arrive, just talking fiber with others is what it’s all about! My friend Barb came to keep me company and she is just a joy to be around! She’s so creative and talented in her own right and I think we have a new spinner! She picked up a drop spindle from a nearby vendor and off she went! She’s already said that she’ll come and help me with my booth at Fort Ligonier Days! 😉
There is nothing like being around other fiber artists that reignites my own passion for the art of fiber and this is THE best group! I’ll put a link to the event that has a list of vendors, and if you are in the market for fiber, lessons, or tools, please consider supporting local. There was someone at this show who can help you!
Here are a few pictures of a few of my items. Denise! The socks were a hit! I’ll be dyeing up more colors this week and sending them your way. Hope you are still excited about our partnership!
Here’s an article about Raggz:
I hope Jane and Lynda don’t mind me sharing this photo (I grabbed it off their page). They were my booth neighbors and are such wonderful people and I’m so glad I got to see them! We need to get together more.
Looking for classes? @RaspberryHillAlpacas has a variety. She specializes in felting.
So I came home, thanks to being with such creative people for just that small sliver of time, renewed and refreshed and ready to get to work-which is actually play!
I just need to add one more thing. I’ve never had legions of friends-I’ve never had that sorority state of mind. I’m more of an orbiting planet kind of friend, traveling around alone and miraculously bumping into people along the way who, through like interests, or circumstances I meet. It’s those friends I treasure, because I know that God put us together for some reason. I know that the confidence of my friends’ help is always there and I hope to be that friend to you as well.
To my friends Rick and Barb, thanks for coming to keep me company and help me tear down. THAT what such a huge help. Here’s Rick, chatting with the ladies about fabric. He can talk about anything and everything and is an artist at heart!
Here are the workers. We’ll be shearing the first week of May. That’ll be here before you know it!
I didn’t make reservations for church this AM-I don’t know if I mentioned, but Jay was diagnosed with Covid for the second time since December. I have tested negative throughout. Must be all of my vitamins! But, he finally got the all clear this week and that is why he could help me set up. We wore masks and were careful. We are scheduled for our first vaccinations this week. I wasn’t sure how he’d feel by the time we needed to make reservations so for now, church is online for us. Maybe we’ll “see” you there!
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!