Last week, I returned from our annual road trip to the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair. Finney Farm (the community I am a member/resident of) has a table at the event, distributing our heirloom and perennial seed packages to anyone who wants them free of charge. This year’s fair seemed a bit smaller, so I estimate that we gave away about 600 packages of seed. We also brought our small book distro project, and I brought yarn and my new zine to sell. I did fairly well considering it is a book fair and my display consisted of a basket of yarn on a table amidst hundreds of books, zine, and seeds. Unfortunately, I also destroyed my beloved camera! Being a coffee snob, I felt compelled to find some espresso up the road from the event (held at Golden Gate Park) and brought along a quart of rice milk since most coffee houses don’t carry it. I found some coffee, added the rice milk, and put the carton back in my shoulder bag-something I’ve done many times. A couple of hours later I went to grab something from my bag and discovered that somehow the lid had been dislodged and the bag had been tipped…my camera had been sitting for hours in several inches of rice milk. Drat.
So..no new photos on this post because I need to get a new camera. Particularly bad timing since April is the month in which my yarn sales basically crash and I don’t have a lot of extra moola. But there’s no way I can sell yarn online without the camera, so I’m going to have to make it happen.
Since it’s spring again, I have been working quite a bit in the greenhouse starting baby plants. I also did a bunch of dyeing today–about 10 pounds. I dyed a wide variety of fibers: two different wool silk blends, some alpaca, Teeswater wool, BFL, Merino, and Merino/Mohair. Smaller dyelots but I think that’s alright for this time of year. I have the first three batches hanging to dry behind the woodstove at the moment.
I wrote a new zine, a Yarnarchy! zine, for the bookfair and it was surprisingly popular. It’s not really a how-to or DIY manual, but rather a story. My story, about becoming a spinner and starting my company. There is also a section of random spinning/fiber info that I felt was helpful to me at various times (wpi, yarn weights, types of dye, fiber types, etc) and some patterns (knit and crochet) for some popular items made with Yarnarchy! yarn. The cover is full color glossy and the binding is sewn rather than stapled. If anyone would like a copy, they’re $4 with free shipping.
Here are a couple of links to sites that mention us at the fair, or have photos of our table: