I recently found out about a tradition, from back in ye olde times, where women had to finish all of their spinning projects before Christmas (or hide in-progress projects), lest they be cursed by spirits with bad luck in the new year. They wouldn’t come back to their spindles or wheels until after the Feast […]Read More Happy Distaff Day!
And another season comes to a close! This long weekend, I met: A woman who started crying in the booth because the prices were “unreasonable.” Another woman who walked by my demo, pointing at me, saying “That is a massive pain in the ass.” A man, who came up to the very modern Spinolution Echo […]Read More Adventures at the Ren Fest 2019: Final Weekend
Buckle in, this weekend was a doozy! Last weekend, I met: A woman who said “You don’t use stitch markers in crochet.” When we pointed out that we had lobster claw stitch markers for crocheters, she said “Yep, I have a ton at home.” Some poor child had an adult in their life who kept […]Read More Adventures at the Ren Fest 2019: Sixth Weekend
It was the last weekend in September. By now, we should have cool, crisp breezes that smell like the changing leaves and be able to wear all of our handknits, but no. It was still humid, in the 80s, and we had to dodge a little rain. I was only out there Sunday last weekend, […]Read More Adventures at the Ren Fest 2019: 5th Weekend
Earlier this year, my mom and I went to a spinning retreat in town, and one of the techniques covered was fractal spinning. The braid I received for the project was green, white, and orangey-gold, which made me think of the Irish flag. My parents were planning a trip to Ireland for their 30th wedding […]Read More Socks for Ireland
All of us who work the Faire were mentally preparing for a downpour all weekend. We discussed strategies for paper boat races, if we got the usual river down the middle of the lane. Short of a couple of short rain bursts, though, we were spared. The guests must’ve missed the memo, ’cause it was […]Read More Adventures at the Ren Fest 2019: 4th Weekend
Last weekend was dog weekend! My personal favorite themed weekend, because they always hold corgi races! Aren’t they adorable?! My booth-mate Christina took these photos. It’s a hoot to watch them. As always, I got to meet some interesting characters: I had a woman ask if we had hats, and I told her “of course!” […]Read More Adventures at the Ren Fest 2019: 3rd Weekend