Autumn has lingered in New Brunswick this year.
Normally by the end of October parents are hoping there won't be snow on the ground for Halloween, [have you ever SEEN a spider man costume squeezed over a snow suit], commuters have their windshield scrapers ready to use every morning, and I shiver just thinking of early morning dog walks.
When summer hangs around longer than usual we call it an "Indian Summer", but what is it called when the leaves turn but don't fall, the sun is strong, and the air is just a wee bit crisp?
I call it Knitting Season.
It is this time of year I unpack my beloved knits from the last knitting season, and plan projects for the cold[er] months. It's also the time of year for fall festivals. I'm sure you know the popular ones; Rhinebeck, Shetland Wool Week, and Knit City among the many.
But there is more. More than huge festivals, and long lines and crowds of shoppers. Karen Templar [Fringe Association] said something very true this week on her blog on this very topic.
But here’s the thing I want to say if you’re feeling like you missed out on Rhinebeck or this yarn: Wherever you live, there is very likely a fiber festival of some kind. Not to mention farmers’ markets. Go to them! There will be farmers there from your part of the world, and some of them will have their own yarn for sale. It’s awesome to travel to other places and find special treats to take home, but the real beauty of farm yarns is meeting farmers and buying directly from them, wherever you may be. You just never know what you might find.
Wise words, and thankfully something that is accessible for me. I know of no less than two herds of sheep within 10 kilometers of my house, I know of farmers markets, and open farm days, and local festivals.
Local festivals like Knit East. In many ways Knit East is more of a retreat. I pack a bag, rent a cottage, connect and reconnect with other visitors in the town of St. Andrews by-the-sea. There are inspired classes, vendors, yoga, shawl swaps, and much laughter. In years past attendees have learned from some of the best like Mary Jane Muckleston, Stephanie Pearl McPhee, Cat Bordhi and Susan B Anderson [to name only a few]. This year I'm excited to meet & learn from Clara Parks, Nora Gaughn and Fiona Alice as well.
I'm also looking forward to the marketplace and the many vendors who will be there to show and sell. I have a list of items I'm looking to purchase and I know Natasha does too. Knit East happens ever other year, so the memories of the good times will have to last until 2017.
There is so much more I want to say about Knit East. How important it is to have events such as this in Atlantic Canada, how much we appreciate the organizer, and how deeply I feel about the knitting community I've been accepted into. So many thoughts, but not enough words.
For now I'll leave you with two photos of Saint Andrews taken at Knit East 2013.
All photos taken by Fiona Alice.