Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Strange animals in Maryland

We found this cow in a front yard as well as the one below. We were in a town named "North East". That is maybe as bad as my naming our Great Pyrennes "Left" and "Right?"

We did see some more normal looking animals the next day. Howard County Maryland had their Alpaca and Fleece Show while we were there. Most of what I saw was traditional/commercial items produced by Peruvian Connection. I guess most breeders don't have time or have not learned how to process their own fibers. I think that it might have been alpaca fiber only. Too bad they have not diversified into other fibers and blends. It would have been more interesting. I hope to make it to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival one of these years. There was a rabbit show in one of the barns - they had some cute English angoras. I have to admit that I was not tempted!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In the Air This Time

This is the back of the bolero that I sold in Sacramento. It is a little too big for me, so I am glad that it found a lovely new owner.

Susan Corl is going to be watching the ranch and teaching some classes while I am flying off to Maryland to check out where Marc spends part of his time working.

The shop will be closed Wednesday and will reopen on Thursday. Susan will be teaching a few silk fusion classes (sample above) on Thursday and a Chinese sewing box book making class on Friday from 9:30-3:30. $75 class fee with a $15 materials fee. There is still room in all of her classes. You can email her at or call the ranch at 520-572-3758 for more details or to sign up.

I will be home on Sunday.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sacramento Festival of the Arts

The Sacramento Festival of the Arts was supposed to be a working show, but it became an opportunity for my sisters and I to get together. My sister, Nadia (on the left), flew in from Boston and is modeling my Layered Collar. Paula, on the right, lives in the area and is modeling my Southwestern Shawl. I am wearing the Freeform Bolero that I finished last night. Fortunately, Nadia and and another vendor took pictures of the Bolero because it sold half hour later!

The show is always more exciting when my sisters are around. They have had a blast running around talking to other vendors and in some cases rearranging their displays to help their sales. They modeled my designs and attracted a lot of attention to my booth.

My Thick and Thin Dress has been really popular. I wish it were not so hard to make another one - I have too many ideas for new designs, so I don't want to go make another.

I will not be home till November 10, since I plan to visit with my sisters for a few days. I have an appointment on Friday, so do call before coming out.