most antique malls are quiet enclaves—places where one can retreat to wander through the past, undisturbed except for the hushed movement of dust moats in the filtered light.
on saturday, though, that atmosphere was completely transformed at the antique loft in frederick, when area fiber fans arrived to celebrate the indie artist event
my lace knitting class convened bright and early, before the vendor area opened
and we had an awful lot of fun for the next four hours, working through some skill building tasks and a class project (they were awesome). i got to meet some long-time blog readers (i always love that part of any trip!) and made some new friends as well.
david found a quiet place to entertain himself in between taking photos and wandering the neighborhood (he scouted out good coffee and a great place to have dinner).
sometime just before noon, the vendors opened the doors to the sales area and the crowds poured in
(one of the reasons i don’t have a photo of paul yet is that he was swamped all afternoon at the checkout table, yay)
a delectable assortment of regional fiber producers was on hand, each with beautiful yarns, fibers, weaving, and accessories to display
there was awesome bluegrass music as well
my favorite shot of the day is this one:
looks like the guys took over the demo area, to show us how they “do” a fiber event . . .
at lunch time, we were treated to a scrumptious box lunch from veggie annie
complete with rockin’ brownies (just sayin’)
late in the afternoon, david and i put up the trunk show display
and i talked about the pieces, answered questions, and modeled sweaters and shawls
while we all mingled, looked at patterns, and shared wine and cheese while the sun went down outside
another good day—we were all thrilled with the outcome. the enthusiasm, the crowd, the fun and the fiber—everything came together to make it a special first-time event, with (hopefully) more to come.
ooops, gotta run—i have another class this morning and it’s time to get ready!