Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Day at the Fair

Yesterday was a busy day. I visited my friend Linda in her booth at the Lynden Craft and Antique Fair. Lynden is 12 miles from the Canadian border and a wonderful small town filled with a Dutch theme as it was originally settled by Dutch dairy farmers. Linda raises alpacas and spins and dyes yarn from her animals. She is spinning while answering a myriad of questions in this picture. In fact, it seemed like an endless parade of folks wanting to know about her spinning! One elderly woman came by and told a story of how her brother spun yarn from sheep while hiding from the Nazi's in Germany. Another elderly woman told us about a very old spinning wheel she had and agreed to email Linda a picture of it. Mostly, folks just wanted to know about raising alpacas.
I got the bug and asked Linda if I could try my hand at spinning. I'm laughing in this picture because I was so bad that I was getting heckled from an antique dealer across the aisle!

My camera decided to go on the fritz, so I wasn't able to get many pictures, plus as the day went on, there were too many folks in the way! There seemed to be no shortage of people or cash this day - some parts of the economy are definitely flourishing!

On the way home I stopped at three quilt shops. All three shops were having a sale and did I ever take advantage! Once I get my camera fixed (I think it's human-error), I'll post more pictures of my goody take!