It was so much fun meeting everyone, and talking about my work! In case you missed it. . .
I was so excited when I woke up last Saturday morning. It was my "fluff" day, my time to prepare the store for the event. I wanted to be at Crescent Country by 11:00 am to put the final touches on the displays, and add the inventory, so I got up super early, slurped a quick cup of coffee, then started gathering everything I was going to bring with me.
After loading everything into my Faithful Sherpa's new truck I was off.
First stop, Youngs Market.
Youngs Market is in downtown Taylorsville and is the best gourmet market, ever! It's run by Kelly and her daughter Lee. They reopened the store 5 years ago bringing wonderful organic groceries, delicious cheeses, fresh veggies and fruits to the valley. Last year they added a sitting area on the side of their building! They also have a table inside, which quickly became the gathering spot!
But their food, oh how wonderful their food is!
Of course, every time you stop in, you run into people you know, either having coffee, or having lunch. Sharon Strecker and Jeff Titcomb were out there Saturday morning, having lunch and talking Chamber talk.
After picking up the most fantastic cheese and salami tray, I was off to Crescent Country to "fluff." It's the best part, you know, the fluffing.
"Do you want to know what I have planned?" I asked Lisa.
"No, I trust you."
I spent the next 1 1/2 hours moving items around the store, making room for my display pieces.
Greg's mother's trunk was perfect to hold the excess blankets,
Three more dress forms to display a vest and two shawls
Aunt Fern's table and Karla's table scarf was used to display an infinity scarf and rosettes,
And Bluebird's table top dress form for a shawl
All the pieces fit together so nicely.
"Do you want to come look now?" I asked.
I loved Lisa's reaction! She stood there, eyes wide open. "Another junk gypsy at heart!"
What a fantastic compliment!
"Look at those giant knitting needles!" "They're great!" "What size do you think they are?" "Did you really knit with those?"
I'm so happy that people loved the display and were interested my work. And everyone enjoyed listening to me tell my story of how I created the blankets.
Wait, did I tell you that story?
It was Margaret's fault. She planted the seed of imagination for the blanket.
Last winter, Margaret gave me a call and asked if I wanted to come over to her office, hang out for a bit, and sit and knit. Of course I do! Who would turn down a chance to sit, knit, and catch up with a good friend.
We sat and chatted away about this and that, you know, a typical knit night! But there was one thing Margaret mentioned that stuck with me. She wanted to knit giant blankets.
"Wouldn't it be fun!" she said.
But I've always thought of knitting blankets as "typical" and I really don't really do typical. So I put it out of my mind.
Or at least I tried.
I started noticing my social media feeds were filled with giant knitting, and giant knitting needles. And after a while, I couldn't resist! I headed over to the hardware store, picked up a 10' length dowl, cut it into two with a hacksaw, and started knitting.
There's just something about knitting with these over-sized knitting needles. I think it's the rhythmic clunking sound when the needles hit together. It reminding me of the Maori Tititorea sticks.
The large display will be up until the middle of August. Be sure to stop by Crescent Country, in Crescent Mills, along Hwy 89 and see the display! I'd love to hear what you think!
And thank you, again, to everyone who came out to support local artisans!