The chaos, glamour, stress, and fun of the holidays started for me three weeks ago with the confirmation that I’d been accepted to exhibit at two major Holiday fairs – “woot!” and “uh-oh” apply in equal measure.
Since then, I’ve added three more events to the schedule, made lots and lots of kits, tagged, labeled, bagged, packed, displayed, seriously considered the art of merchandising, meet lots of people, re-packed, and made more stuff.
Meeting tons of people and talking about what I do with strangers is not something that comes to me easily. Couple that with being outside and cold for two whole days, and I was more than a little run down after the first show.
What was worse was that knitting (admittedly, pattern test knitting - not my favorite to start with) was starting to feel like a major chore. I was getting jealous of my own customers after picking colors and winding yarn for about a zillion kits.
These are two strong indicators that perhaps someone around here has been burning the candle at both ends and needs a nap, a meal that doesn't come out of the microwave, some happy music on the stereo, and a yarn treat in short order.
Out came the handspun scraps in yellow, gold, and my own kettle-dyed colors in sunflower and meringue. They all came together in a big ball of scraptastic goodness. It’s paired with a soft natural grey wool my dad picked up for me at the Common Ground Fair a couple of years back. Finished off with glitter-filled buttons and a hot toddy.
What projects are you working on to stay happy and sane this holiday season?