Now that the weather forecast predicts nighttime temperatures of 36 this week, I feel that I can embrace autumn and all that comes with.
And it’s October already, how did that happen?
Fall is my very favorite time of year. Maybe it’s seeing all of our hard work come to fruition (farmer pun) and our larders and root cellars chock full of good food stored for the winter. Maybe it’s the changing scenery and beautiful foliage. Or perhaps it is the return of KNITTING SEASON!
Or really, craft season. The spring and summer just aren’t the time for crafts in my world. I’m too busy, and there isn’t a pressing reason–like a holiday–to work on things. But fall and winter….it’s more like you have to find a reason not to work on a craft project.
In a couple of weeks we leave for Barter Faire. I’ve mentioned this event in the past, but this faire is a really special time of year for my family. We’ve been attending since 1998 and it has become an integral part of our yearly economy. This year, I’m hoping to trade some of my handmade goods for a few gallons of honey, our winter’s supply of shallots (10 pounds), 50 pounds of storage onions, and holiday gifts. You can find out more about the faire here: http://www.okanoganfamilyfaire.net/
In the meantime, I have lots of things to make and do. It’s interesting how the seasons even effect my yarn making. In addition to color preferences, I also just do some of the work differently. I was considering this yesterday when hanging up the wool to dry on the garden fence. In the summer, I hang it outdoors and it dries within 3-6 hours. In the winter, I hang it near the woodstove and it dries within 3-6 hours. But in fall and spring, I don’t always have a fire and it often rains or is cool outside…so dyeing and drying and blocking are planned around the weather forecast. In the winter, dyeing is planned around cold temperatures, as our water often freezes for weeks on end.
Yesterday my yarn looked like this:
A few days ago, I had my first day as a Pike Place Market vendor in Seattle. While my sales were a bit low, I will say that I’ve never experienced such a warm welcome from other vendors at any other market or event. They were very nice and encouraging. I’m hoping to make it down 3-4 times a month through the end of the year, but we’ll see. I keep meeting these artists who make all of their income through Pike Place but it is difficult to imagine given my products (which appeal to a small percentage of shoppers) and the 4.5-5 hour daily drive time. I do love the idea of being a Pike Place vendor and it is kind of crazy to imagine a day or two each week in the CITY.
I have lots more to write, but with food preservation and yarn looming…I just want to add that our farm has an Etsy shop! We are offering garlic (winter storage as well as seed) and a special seed packet listing. All proceeds will benefit our seed distro program, which offers free heirloom, organic seed to schools, food banks, community gardens, and other organizations. Check it out here!
PS-school is going well!