Sunday, September 26, 2010

Is it dark yet?

The Fiber Festival is over for this year.
From september

There were so many vendors. It was overwhelming. There was so much beautiful yarn, I wanted it all.
From september

It was a very good show for me. There are a lot of people out there right now who are making potholders on the Hip to Be Square Looper Loom. And that makes me happy.
It was 6pm before the car was unloaded, and I was on my way home.
This was the weekend of the balloon festival, and there were several in the sky.
From september

Some of them on their way down.
From september

And some already on the ground.
From september

Shows are hard work, and even though I did very well, it reminded me why I don't do them often. They exhaust me, for some reason.
Now I have to get back to work. Orders, weaving weekend coming up.
Lord, I need to clone myself.
Just a note: today, at the show, as the afternoon slowed down, I decided to try something different with the looper loom.
Instead of putting a looper on every nail, I put one on every other nail, and then when I did the second side, I wove the loopers on every other nail. What happened is that I made a smaller, softer square, that would make a perfect mug rug/coaster.
I took this quick picture just now to show you.
From september

They also would be perfect if you sewed four of them together to make a hot pad.
The best thing is that each one took about 15 minutes to make, if that.
Just sayin'.
So if you have one, you might want to give it a try. If you want.

I saw lots of people I knew at the Fiber Festival. It occurred to me that some people just have to reinvent themselves every so often.
I know I've done it myself.
Sometimes it's just that curve in the road, and there's no way around it.
And now it looks like it might be another early night.


Anonymous said...

Hilary so happy the looms are a hit. LOVE love love mine. Sat right down on the riverbank the minute the loom arrived and started looping away. Wheee! These hotpads/potholders/trivet things are going to be such swell gifts but I get the fun of making them. What could be better? Thinking when I run out of mt double order of loopers I can switch to chunky yarn--ya think?

ethelmaepotter! said...

Therapy. That's what the loopers are...therapy. I'm going to get one or two and be creative.

And I love the photo of the sheep - aren't they beautiful!

Delighted Hands said...

I heard from a friend on my fiber group who bought one of your kits-she is thrilled! Glad the show brought lots of sales. Looks like a great weekend. I will give the smaller coasters a try, too!

tea4too0 said...

I am happy for you. It sounds as though you had a nice time. Loved the photos. Try to get a little rest, if you can. T

Valerie said...

Hilary...have you thought about weaving yarn on your potholder looms? There was an article in Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot...maybe 2003?

At our guild meeting on Saturday the topic was simple looms and I was reminded of this. Guild members have made some interesting vests, scarves, and afghans this way...

There's a youtube video here:

Anonymous said...

The pot holders have the same colors as the hot air balloons... oh, sure wish we were kitty people, but sadly we are dog folks so can't take a cat, BUT... I think you have a huge heart for doing your best to find them homes.

Applause to you.

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