Wednesday, May 13, 2009


You'd be amazed how little knitting and spinning happen when one is travelling alone for 2 weeks and thousands of miles. I realized that most of my travel knitting is done in cars when someone else is driving, or on planes (when I'm not too exhausted to consider it.) Plus, although I caught a very few photos at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival, there aren't a lot of pictures to show off. Mostly, I was doing a lecture, a book signing and a three hour class. No time at all to linger, shop, or catch great photos.

In retrospect, this reflection is funny. One publisher thought that I could pay for all the Fiber Gathering book travelling and research by teaching at each festival. That didn't work out, of course, because I would have had to plan those classes with the festivals months/years in advance! Beyond that, though, when I wrote Fiber Gathering, I (and my trusty professor/photographer) had to be out and about at each festival nearly every day it was held, all a few instances, we were there only 2 days out of 3, but gosh, teaching on this trip made me see how little else I was good for when I finished 5 hours of activities!

Plus, that terrible stomach bug kept me mostly under the weather. I did, however, feel well enough to wander out of the dooryard to see my best friend's family's pond. Her dad has stocked it with trout. They feed the trout every day, and feeding the fish is a fun daily event! They offered me the honor, and as I fed the fish, they all gathered by the dock. This, apparently, was rather unusual and thrilling. We could see these huge, fabulously beautiful fish in the clear shallow water. Both my best friend and her mom wondered if they might use the food as bait and touch or catch the fish as the Native Americans used to.

Tippy, their German Shorthair Pointer, also got in on the action. It was pretty funny to watch! I was not yet up to getting in on the action, so I just captured it with the camera instead. :)

I'll try to post some New Hampshire photos soon. In the meanwhile... my Fishtail scarf has now been published in Yarn Forward Magazine, Issue 14 ! It's a great issue, and I'm proud to be a part of it. If you're interested in a warm yet "holey" scarf but without the fish reference, another similiar option is my Two Point Scarf, available for download here. ... And now, back to my regularly scheduled date with the laundry....

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Blogger ovenman said...

Welcome home!

I just love that picture of the dog "helping" with feeding the fish. I hope nobody got too wet. :)

May 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Hey, Joanne...just noticed your reference to 'moving to Winnipeg' on the Harlot's blog. Do you have contacts here already? Just checking, since I already live in the 'Peg and I know it can be a bit daunting to shift somewhere without human points of reference...
Christine, kirkybird01(at)

May 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

The Mary Poppins song is going through my head in reaction to that--Feed the fish, tuppence a bag...

May 13, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

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