On Wednesday morning, the six of us – my husband Franklin, our daughter Meg, her husband Jeff, Tobias her 14 year old and Hazel the eight-year-old and I piled into Franklin’s mini-van and headed off for Columbus. Meg’s birthday was that Friday and her choice of birthday present from her husband was this trip, including stops at flea markets and/or vintage stores. On the Wednesday, we didn’t find any great flea markets, but we found a super vintage clothing store – Captain Betty’s in Delaware, most of the way to Columbus. It’s a wonderful place. Betty has been selling clothes since the sixties, and she has a range of ages currently available. She apparently likes little girls, as she gave Hazel a small purse and a locket which she was thrilled with, and carried the whole rest of the trip. Tobias bought himself a Greek fisherman’s hat in black which he wore from then on. And we bought him a shirt he loved which took me back to the shirts Franklin was wearing when we were first married. Meg found three extremely becoming hats – all small things that perch on her head and fit just beautifully. She is thrilled with them.
We ate well both for lunch and dinner, too. That was a major theme of the trip – we had really good luck finding interesting as well as delicious food.
Thursday was the day that Jeff, Meg and I went to Knitters Connection while Franklin took the kids to the science museum and then swimming in the hotel pool.
The idea of the expedition to Knitters Connection was that we would try to see what the layout was like, how things were going and whether Meg liked the idea of being a vendor here. We went to Stitches Midwest once, and she found it intimidating and unpleasant. Not this.
While we were waiting to get in, someone walked up to me – and it turned out to be Laurie of The Art of Tying Holes Together. That gave me a thrill for sure – she had left a comment indicating that she would be there, but I hadn’t seen it. It was so much fun to see her! She was even smart enough to have her camera with her and to get someone to take a photo of the two of us together. Hopefully it will show up at some point.
The marketplace itself was not terribly large, but it was choice. And very friendly. The atmosphere was very pleasant indeed. We examined the structures of various booths and thought about what would make sense for Meg’s products. We also looked at the packaging various vendors had for their kits and got some good ideas. Meg spent a lot of time at a vintage button booth (not professional – she just needed some). The other place we spent a lot of time was at the Fiber Optic Yarns booth. It was very attractive and had lovely yarns. One thing there was the new 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend that several customers have encouraged Meg to start dyeing. As a matter of research, Meg bought one skein in a bright orange, and I bought two, which I’ll show you in a minute. The dyer, Kimber Baldwin, and her materials manager spent a lot of time generously sharing their thoughts and recommendations. Kimber does several shows a year. I was so impressed with her generosity in sharing her insights. Besides, it was lots of fun to talk to someone else who does pretty much what Meg does.
Friday was Meg’s birthday. We gave her some gifts, then went to the zoo and explored German Village, a very charming part of Columbus. And yesterday, we drove home via one good flea market (in Tiffin Ohio) and a gaming store that Jeff and Tobias enjoyed a lot.
The two balls of Fiber Optic Kashmir (Kimber’s name for the merino/cashmere/nylon blend) that I chose were called Tequila Sunrise and Black Coffee. Great names and very descriptive. Because of the nylon, I think I dare make socks for Franklin out of this, plus a small shawl for Meg.
Here is a shot of the corrugated ribbing with which I began. It started with a two-color alternating long-tail cast on, which wasn’t too hard and I think gives a more appropriate beginning than casting on in a single color. The yarn feels fantastic – I hope Meg does indeed start carrying it, though it would be a pretty big deal for her. It’s from a mill that she does not currently buy from. There are a few other things she’d like to have, though, so it may happen. In the meantime, I’m having lots of fun with these samples from Fiber Optics.