Typically winter days cause me to stay home with a hot cup of ginger and mint tea, my favorite movie play on the DVD, a warm fire at my back, and my knitting.
Every once and a while, we’ll jump in the truck and take a drive to Lake Almanor and let our puppy, Zuzu, play along the beach as we watch the Barrow’s Goldeneye ducks float in the lake and wonder how they can sit in that cold, cold water. There’d be others with the same idea, and the dogs would have a good romp in the snow and ice that covers the beach. By the time we are too cold to continue watching the dogs play, we’d head to Tantardino’s in Hamilton Branch and have a warm bowl of soup and a nice glass of wine while we visit with Stacy or Becky.
But now, with the Stay-at-Home orders in California, we can only daydream of those cold, lazy days.
We’re still knitting but let me assure you, we are following the recommended precautions, including cleaning, sanitizing and washing our hands often to keep our office and home safe.
With Stay-at-Home orders happening all across the country, more and more fiber festivals, conferences and shows, that were scheduled to happen over the first six months of this year, are either have been or considering being cancelled. Although Josefina Fine Knit shows are mostly scheduled for the latter part of the year (https://bit.ly/3bGSIdM), this has had a great impact on indie yarn dyers, fiber artists and teachers.
But that doesn’t mean you have to stop supporting this wonderful community.
I recently received an email from Miss Babs Yarn, my favorite indie yarn dyer which I use for my Rogue Wave lace shawls. (https://www.missbabs.com/) And although her recent show, the Dallas Ft. Worth Fiber Festival (DFW FF) Quinceañera event, has been cancelled, they are still “up and running for online orders!”
And they are holding a virtual DFW FF introducing a new show colorway https://bit.ly/3dGmqRT. Just look at this beautiful pink colorway. “Babs was inspired by the frothy confections of quinceañera party dresses to dye this pretty speckled pink colorway for the 2020 DFW Fiber Fest.”
Typically I’m not a pink girl but the colors are so beautiful, and it seems others feel the same. All four new colors are sold out, but you can have Miss Babs Yarn notify you when they are back in stock.
The DFW FF has encouraged all of us to continue to support their vendors, teachers, and the fiber artists they had scheduled to attend their event. https://bit.ly/2xzvNm3
Keep knitting. Knitting has always helped me to stay even, relaxed, and calm. I hope it has the same affect on you.
Stay healthy my friends.