You might think that since I talk all of the time, in all situations, spending a day talking to students would be like every other day. It's not- that Kathleen Taylor person is a lot peppier than I am, and after a full day with her onstage, I am pooped out. But the Fair Isle Design class, which is a really work-intensive class, went very very well. All nine of the students came up with wonderful original designs, and I think they all had the lightbulb moment, which is what I aim for as a teacher. I will try to finish knitting my hat tonight so I can show it off tomorrow.
Yesterday's classes were a sort of pre-festival thing- the actual Fiber Festival doesn't start until Saturday. There were no vendors open yesterday, and only one food booth. But there were classes everywhere in the big, airy barns. It was warm, but not unbearably so, and my *classroom* was near the large open doors so we frequently got cooling breezes. The venue is pretty amazing, with multiple barns all interconnected- all overseen by the Big Metal Chicken (and if you don't know why that's amusing all by itself, go here .)
There weren't enough signups for the class I proposed for today, so it was cancelled. I would be sad about that, except that this gives us a day to do some sightseeing. We're staying at my sister-in-law's house in Hastings, out in the country. It's lovely here- much like the Pacific Northwest, only without mountains in the distance. Lots of rolling hills and green farmland, old silos, and trees trees trees. The mist rolls in every morning (so far the dewpoints have been low, so the temps have been tolerable, though the mosquitoes are not), and the countryside looks like every fantasy you might have about 1800's farms (if you ignore the pickup trucks and power lines).
Today, we're driving to Holland to see Lake Michigan. On my only other visit to the state, we crossed Lake Michigan on the ferry (from Manitowoc to Luddington). It was a rough-water crossing, so I spent most of it inside and did not see much of the lake. Today, I'll take lots of pictures.
Tomorrow, I teach Little Tips and Knitting Tricks in the morning, and Writing Patterns for Publication in the afternoon. I believe some of the vendors will be open then (I hope so- I want to buy a spindle). But even if no one sells anything, we'll all have a wonderful time.
In the meantime, these Sandhill Cranes landed in Jayne's yard.