How quickly after Labor Day the weather crisps, producing brilliant skies and clear days perfect for fall festivals.
We’ve made the trip to the Coventry Farmers Market Fiber Twist an annual event with KnittingKittens. Once a year, the market invites local farms and yarn shops to sell their fiber, yarn and other wares with the collection of organic growers, bakers and other vendors. They come, and many bring their animals, too.
I daresay my child is already fearless around alpacas, probably because she’s been around them so much. She thinks nothing of putting out her little hand to feed them, even though she is a touch nervous ~ a good thing in every mommy’s book. Each year this show attracts more alpaca farmers, which has been the case at the other local shows in the spring and fall. Our climate is conducive to raising them and they don’t take much space.
She is even more confident around the sheep. Babydolls here, which are just the right size for her four-year-old self to be completely unintimidated. “Look, Maman! Their wool will make yarn for you for knitting!” We have learned important lessons early chez Owl.
I was completely taken by the work of artist
Ashley Van Etten under the brand Willywaw. I could have merrily scooped up one of every linen screen-printed item. Better yet, to have her make up some linens for Owl Manor … I escaped with only a lavender sachet and a promise to myself to indulge in more from this Narragansett, Rhode Island-based company.
With our friend Clara hosting a trip to Iceland now, it was fitting to find Three Dog Farm with its baskets of Icelandic wool. If the only
Icelandic you know is Reynolds Lopi, you are missing out; more for the rest of us. Others may swoon for cashmere, but KnittingKittens loves the stuff. I was happy to secure a couple of skeins of lambswool from a sheep named Kyra that will make some soft and hardy mitts down the road. It will never compare to angora, but you’d never call it “scratchy,” either.
Needless to say, Mr. Owl is all over the culinary possibilities of the
marketplace, while Darling Bebe posed with her favorite fruit of all. Our kiddo would eat three apples a day if allowed. Maybe more. What a bright start to the fall festival season. Can’t be a bad thing for a knitter seeking her missing mojo.