So, I have been just “maintaining”, it seems, for the months since the first show cancellation of 2020. I was building stock for the racks, after Stitches West, because we were going to make our annual pilgrimage through the Southwest, to Irving Texas, for the DFW Fiberfest . I was actually the one who had to pull out, during the questionable weeks leading up to the show, because He and I are of a certain age and did not want to take chances with our health, especially if we drove for three days and NOBODY SHOWED UP. You see my dilemma, there. From there, Interweave’s Yarnfest cancelled and then, hold on as he might, Benjamin had to cancel Stitches Midwest, which was an area I was so looking forward to revisiting after a few years away. Then, the Coup de Gras came when the NYSS&W Festival had to let go. This show is always a Sea of Humanity and would be impossible for everyone.
I had no stomach to bring out new things, simply because I kept telling myself “What’s The Point“, since people want to touch things and we were effectively Shut-ins. I have been enjoying the online interactions that I have had with people wanting help with yarn and color choices for patterns, especially if they were new patterns, to me! This has helped keep my spirits up, while trying to figure out how to reach out, once again. This blog is one way to do so. I have spoken to so many people who remember my old blog and how I wrote about Prophane Industries and the slow decline of my mother. The time has come to personalize what I do and who I am, because that is all we have; our reputation and good will. It really is helping to bring me back to myself.
So, needless to say, I have done a LOT of Pandemic knitting but not much experimentation in the dye room. I mean to fix that. The test is which colorway I will adopt for the official 2020 Rhinebeck Colorway. I tried cheery and it seemed fake and so now I will say that I am going tonal. It fits my mood and the mood of the country, it seems. As an aside, it really cracks me up that I am not the only one feeling this way, since I have seen postings on Instagram, featuring my Very Moody Styx (seems appropriate) colorway.
So, what has begun to save my soul is the fact that this will be my first Virtual show, since this mess began. They have given us clues about what to do and present, so it is less intimidating to this Old Dog. Here is the website info: https://sheepandwool.com . I am going to miss Ellen, who helps us every year, and so many many people that I would instinctively want to hug. Maybe next year, we can all meet again, when this COVID thing gets under control, somehow, so that He and I can drive across this battered but resilient nation, once again.