Monday, June 02, 2008

Art in the Park

Our town has a new organization called Artworks. I joined a few months ago and suddenly I was in the "cool kids club" and knew when all the art shows were happening in our town. In fact, tonight, I'm even helping out at the monthly meeting, but I get ahead of myself...

I signed up for "Art in the Park." First, I had to organize some stuff to bring along to the event. I have a box of handspun sitting in my office. When I spin some yarn that I don't think I'll use right away, for whatever reason, I pop it in the box when I'm done making it. Every now and again I find a gallery who wants to sell my handspun, but lately? The box was very full. I gathered it all together and labelled it for sale. This took a long while.
I thought about all your comments. (to me, the comments are like a conversation. I get to hear from friends, get some outside stimulation, and think about new things...that's why I do this blog thing. The comments really count for me.) I quietly agreed with Alison when she mentioned her husband's habit of keeping sneakers 'til they look like "sock blockers." You know, with holes in them. I have a husband like that. He recently threw away a pair of shoes while on a field trip (collecting trip, biologists have these) in South Texas. I celebrated loudly upon hearing we'd lost a pair of stinky hole-y sneakers down there. And I labelled yarn with yardage, ounces, etc. for quite a while.

On Saturday around noon, we wandered down to the park, which is about 4 blocks from our house, to set up. It was a humid, warm day with a breeze. We set up, and I settled in. From about noon until 6:30, I was stationed in the park. My professor kept me company a while. A friend or two came by to talk. A lot of curious kids left with a bit of wool and a basic lesson on how spinning works. Many grown-ups stared and walked on as I smiled and invited them over. (you know, the "Why not just buy it at Walmart?" types, who can't imagine why I do this by hand...) A few asked interesting questions...and I sold about 4 or 5 skeins of yarn to enthusiastic knitters, crocheters, and their friends.

I tried not to think about the wage earning potential here. It is sadly far far below minimum wage! However, if I think about it differently, it was a leisurely afternoon outside, spinning in public, educating kids and even a few older folks, and enjoying springtime art. I did spin about 3 bobbins of yarn--thank goodness for the portable travel wheel. Without a spinning wheel, it would have been a long afternoon!
It turned out that sitting outside in the shade was probably the best thing. Our air conditioning isn't working again, so we're back to this. Sadly not as pleasant as the last time this happened, when the humidity was low, but despite the higher humidity, it's still somewhat cool, if dank and damp at night. Highs only in the mid- 80's, I hear.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time working with my (hot) laptop. Sundays are very quiet in my neighborhood, and good for getting hard thinking done. During the week, we're back to road construction beeps, jack hammers, nearby old house renovation noises, and traffic.

Today may be a good day to recover from my weekend. I foresee some iced tea and cool breezes by a window. Maybe some knitting, too. Wish you could drop by for a sweet tea and a visit! Instead, say hey in the comments?


Anonymous AlisonH said...

Hey! And your picture there makes me want to dash over and start skooshing the yarn in my fingers, just to enjoy the tactility of it all. Then I'd be running home to play with the stuff over here a little better.

June 2, 2008 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger renaissancewednesday said...

Your yarn looks lovely in that picture, as do you, m'dear. Very peaceful and home-y. :) I enjoy comments, too, though I feel weird commenting on someone's blog for the first time - I always feel kind of shy, in a way. Incidentally, was that the Professor himself who commented on my blog earlier? If so, tell him thank you!

June 2, 2008 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Uhh, yes. The professor is dropping in on my friends' blogs for social calls. Just watch out! You might be next!

June 2, 2008 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mrs J said...

Good morning! Sounds like a good Sunday. If you had done that this Sunday in Yorkshire you would have been selling felted balls of yarn! What rain! Its steamy here this moring but about 20 degrees cooler than kentucky!I must at least try again with my drop spindle.

June 3, 2008 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Nice yarn!

I'm still catching up - but you know anything you feel fit to post, I will read!

June 3, 2008 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I wish I could have been there to just hang out and spin in the park. LisaK

June 3, 2008 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger jenny lester said...

looks so nice and warm and sunny! Envious here in the cool, cool, Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan! Your yarns look yummy too!!

June 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger jenny lester said...

mmmm, looks nice and warm and sunny! Envy here in the cool cool Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan! Nice yarns too!!!

June 3, 2008 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Taueret said...

That looks like you had fun, but better you than me. I get so cranky at the "buy it at walmart' types that doing anything fibre related in public only raises my blood pressure :-P.

June 3, 2008 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Hi~ Art in the Park looks like fun. Your handspun is lovely. I love to spin in public and am happy if I can encourage just one of those "walmart types" to give it a try :)

I hope you got your relaxing day by the window with ice tea and cool breeze. Any knitting?

June 3, 2008 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Diane said...

I love the idea of Art in the Park! The weather looked lovely too (it's still raining here).

I like the look of that greeny yarn at bottom left of the pic with you in it - what is it?

June 4, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

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