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Settling back into routine….

After the wonderful days at SAFF and enjoying Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountain area, I’m busy today with general house tasks, but I am almost ready to get started on some design and sewing projects that have been in progress for several weeks.  During the summer months, I carried a purse which I made with a new construction technique.  It drew many positive comments, so I wrote up the pattern and hope to submit it for publication soon.  With that in mind, I have to keep it under wraps until details for that are worked out.  Maybe soon…

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Home again!

We had a delightful breakfast with the knitting group at Early Girls in downtown Asheville.  This was our second meal here as we also ate dinner here the first night we arrived.  We do love this place with its Farm-to-table comfort food… delicious.

Daughter #1 and I then headed out to find the Apple Valley area with apple stands.  We wanted to purchase cider, apple pie, and some apples to bring home.  Not only did we find the Apple Valley area and make our purchases, but we meandered down Highway 64E instead of getting back on I-40.  It was a wonderful choice as the drive was terrifically scenic with lots of fall color on the mountain tops. We also found Chimney Rock State Park which is located by beautiful Lake Lure.  We decided this was an area, mindful of a small Lake Tahoe location, that we would definitely want to return to for a long weekend.  After a few more hours of driving, we were happy to be back in Durham.

Meanwhile – back at SAFF – the first class I took found me working with wool roving fibers from The Holler Farm in Renick, WV.  We worked at creating hand needle felted flowers to decorate a wool fiber wreath.  The flowers were especially fun to create.  Later on Friday, D1 and I participated in Kathleen Taylor’s “Writing Patterns for Publication” class.  Kathleen shared generously from the knowledge she has gained publishing several pattern books, individual patterns, and novels over a 30 year career.  We both were delighted with the knowledge we gained from this class.

On Saturday morning, I attended another exceptional class.  Geri Forkner of Weaving Arts Studio in Tellico Plains, TN, took us through the Nuno felting process – messy but rewarding.  Her instruction was so clear!  We all started with silk scarves to which we felted merino wool fibers.  The result was a soft, comfortably wearable,  silk and wool scarf!  I’ll add a picture of that result soon!

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My last post was on August 3rd during our huge move and resettling effort.  What a relief the journey is over!  I hope to get back to this blog on a regular basis from now on.
Today finds me in my third day at SAFF – Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival – and what a joy it has been!  My daughter and I drove here on Thursday, October 20, stopping to have lunch and meet up with the other members of her knitting circle in Black Mountain, NC.  We couldn’t have chosen a better place to stop for lunch – Verandah’s – where we enjoyed delicious soups and sandwiches.  We explored the working artists’ galleries in the River Arts District in downtown Asheville before settling into our motel and preparing for our classes on Friday.  The long walk and exploration of the galleries left us very inspired for the upcoming events.  The sunshine and cool mountain air only added to our enthusiasm.
More about the classes, which concentrate on felting and writing for publication, in the next few blogs.  Then I will move on to share the projects currently waiting for me in my small studio / cave!
It’s good to be back in the bloggosphere!  Here are some photos taken by the traveling photographer, my daughter, Andrea.
Fall colors grew more beautiful as we climbed higher into the Blue Ridge area.

This lovely alpaca was so friendly.

Ahh!  Shopping@SAFF!

Can I come with you?  I like to shop!

Just the beginning of the booty!