About this time 3 years ago, I got my first spinning wheel. Let’s be honest it’s probably going to be my only spinning wheel. It’s a Majacraft Suzie Pro. Love that wheel. The first fiber I purchased off of Etsy was a batt in what I thought was blues and browns. Colorway/Eragon. It turns out my colors were off and reading wasn’t my strong point. The batt showed up and was blue and black. Oops.
I spun it up anyway and took a few stabs at knitting a hat with it. No dice. So there the yarn has sat all this time. Slightly lumpy and dense enough to hurt someone with it. On Saturday, it finally decided to talk. Fingerless mitts. No pattern since I have no idea what the yardage is. So I did what any sensible knitter does and weighed the skein and divided it in half. Knit until it runs out. Mitt number one is almost done.
Today I’m trying something new. Writing a pattern is my mission.
Pattern writing is not something that is going to come naturally. It’s probably going to be trial and error and a whole lot of swearing.
This is supposed to be a hat out of Gerschubie Fiber Arts yarn. The yarn is a bulky weight in the colorway Marcus. Keep your fingers crossed. If this goes well the pattern will be available on Ravelry.
Gerschubie Fiber Arts has just passed it’s first year of shows. There was SVFF 2012 and 2013. Carolina Fiber Festival 2013. Lake Lure Arts and Crafts 2013. SAFF 2013. What have I learned? There are those vendors that are wonderful and those that are a complete pain the neck. So let’s concentrate of those who have been wonderful.
Last year at SVFF, it was my first show. My displays were very temporary affairs and could have used some glue. After looking at my display wrong one too many times, it fell to the ground with a great clatter. That’s how I met Mike and TJ of Spanish Peacock. These wonderful people scooted on over and helped me get reassemble in no time flat. My booth helper and I had watched in awe as people rushed into the Spanish Peacock booth and bought handfuls of spindles. It was truly a sight to behold. The spindles and shawl pins are all hand turned works of art. Then I met Mike and TJ and was even more impressed. They took time to give me some pointers along with some does and don’ts for a first time vendor. Super nice and knowledgeable folks.
Also at SVFF, I met Amy and Scott of The Ross Farm. SVFF 2012 was their first show as well. The Ross Farm has heritage and rare breed sheep. Beautiful yarns, rovings, kits, and quilt batting all from their sheep. Let’s just say we were a little nervous and happy to meet people in the same boat. The Ross Farm has been making the festival circuit this year and doing a bang up job. They also have an etsy store. A big thank you to them both for helping me set up at SAFF this year in the cold early hours of Friday.
One more vendor from SVFF is Sue from Twin Birch Products. Sue had the booth next to me and keep me entertained and upbeat. Twin Birch Products has handcrafted knitting needles, crochet hooks, drops spindles and more. Sue and I have since been neighbors are several shows and I always enjoy seeing her work with the customers and selling those amazing African baskets at warp speed.
This year at SAFF the booth next to mine was KSC Designs. Dani was fabulous about helping me keep an eye on the booth since I was working alone. KSC Designs has beautiful needle cases, bags, and cases. All handcrafted by Dani. The workmanship on these is detailed and meticulous. We also had a great time visiting about how crafting has taken over the house.
Working these shows can be a wonderful yet difficult experience. Hot, cold, busy, slow and everything in between. Meeting vendors and making new friends that help each other out is a big plus. So thank you to everyone who has helped my Gerschubie Fiber Arts successful this year.
I left you with a grumpy piano teacher, undyed yarn, and no booth at SAFF. On Thursday morning I was still a bit on the grumpy side so procrastination was the name of the game. Laundry, finishing a weaving project, packing. The car was finally packed and on the road by 12:30. Still dragging my feet, I stopped and visited my parents and finally drug myself up to the rental house around 4:30. A fellow knitter had just arrived so we hung around and knitted for awhile.
At about 6:00, my knitterly friend agreed to go with me to pick up my parking pass from Amy of The Ross Farm. The weekend plan was to help Amy and Scott in their booth. We started helping them load into the show and about that time the chairperson of SAFF showed up to talk to Amy. The conversation turned to check and waitlists and so forth. The next thing I knew, I was being offered a booth. No more waitlist.
Holy crap. Was it mentioned that all my stuff was in Charlotte still? This was at 7 pm. Quick, run. Mom agreed to drive with me and let us use her car. All the show stuff fits in my car, but it is an involved and slow packing process. Mom’s suv could hold a small army. My wonderful husband agreed to gather everything up. He was given a very detailed list. We left at 7:30 and were back to Asheville by around 12:15. Talk about a flying trip.
The next morning my dad arrived at 7:30 to help me set up. Did I mention it was about 27 degrees? Amy and Scott came out and helped as well. A big thank you to everyone. Gerschubie was ready to vend by 9 am.
The show went as well as could be expected. I didn’t have the amount of stock needed, but it was enough to cover what needed covered. Friends helped me make stitch markers late into the night to sell on Sunday. My parents came back and helped my reload all my stuff.
My main thought for the weekend was thankfulness. Thanks to old friends, new friends, strangers, and family the weekend was a success. I also thought it was cold. Cold and windy. Thank goodness for yarn.
There are 4 of these fall colored kits left in the etsy store. 100 yards of each color in fingering weight Merino.
Since the drive is quite far, I headed home on Monday from the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. My loving husband unpacked the car and I had visions of unpacking on Tuesday and having a great week. Tuesday morning arrived along with a temperature and stuffy head. Wonderful. It’s rare that I get sick anymore so this promised to be a doozy. My day is job is being a piano teacher. Would you believe that I had to cancel lessons for a whole week? I never cancel lessons. This led to disappointment on several fronts.
SAFF was coming up and October had shaped up to be the perfect month. The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair is always the last full weekend in October. Located in Asheville, it is 4 days of fiber and classes and shopping. The knitting group I’m in had rented a house and planned for 5 days of fun. I wasn’t signed up for classes for a variety of reasons and planned on helping vendor friends in their booths. Gerschubie Fiber Arts was on the waiting list and there didn’t seem to be any hope of getting off it and into a booth. Since I had cancelled a week of teaching, that meant I couldn’t even leave until sometime on Thursdays instead of Wednesday. Grump, grouse, complain. All month. My husband was ready to lock in my craft room. He was a little tired of hearing about it.
My husband is also the eternal optimist. After SVFF, I had ordered a yarn to restock with supplies with. He kept insisting that yarn needed dyed. SAFF would call at the last minute with a booth and I would need that stock. Me being me, didn’t dye the yarn. That glass wasn’t just half empty, it was like 3/4 empty. Do you see where this is going? Let me review this for you. You have a unhappy piano teacher not leaving until Thursday, undyed yarn, and no booth in sight. Tomorrow I’ll wrap this story up. For now, have some pictures.
Way back at the end of September I headed up to Berryville, VA for the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. This was my second year as a vendor and my first solo show. I had no one that was able to work with me and that caused some nerves. However, I was prepped and ready with new displays and new color ways. Of course, everything had to be set up in my living room as a trial run. Here’s the yarn that made the trip.
How about a quick comparison. The following picture is how much yarn I had at the Carolina Fiber Festival in the spring. Yes, the picture is blurry. That’s what happens when you blow it up about 1000x.
This is a grow as you’ve got the money kind of business. So while it wasn’t a huge amount of yarn growth it was enough to give me a boost at SVFF. I would consider the show a success and I’m already scheduled for next year.
The organizers at SVFF were much more on top of things and the show ran incredibly well. It was great to see friends such as The Ross Farm and The Spanish Peacock.
I promise to blog again later this week and get to the really wild ride of October. Wild you know, finding out you can be a vendor at SAFF only 14 hours before the show opens?
Posted in Fiber Arts, Knitting, Roving, Spinning, Travel
Tagged crochet, knitting, SAFF, Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, SVFF, wool, yarn
The sale tree will be back at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival this weekend. Sometimes you just wish you could find a deal. Gerschubie is happy to oblige. The gold Christmas tree of sale goodness will have a selection of merchandise that changes hourly. There is nothing wrong with or defective about the sale tree product. It’s just a chance for you to find a bargain and for Gerschubie to show appreciation for our customers. So keep an eye out, that color way you are thinking about just might show up on the tree before the end of the day. Sale merchandise cannot be combined with the Gerschubie coupon.
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