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It’s Fair Time Again!!

I know this blog has been quiet, too quiet. For that I am truly apologetic!  But once again it’s Fair Time in the Stanwood Camano area of Washinton State. As superintendant of the Hand Spinning and Fleece department the end of July and beginning of August find me frazzled and frought with creative bursts of energy followed by lows of exhausted drooling.

I would not change it for the world. For a week each year I am in a wonderful old log cabin, spinning wheel, carding brushes and crochet hooks at the ready to mystify and dazzle the general public. Children swarm our outpost of pre-modern life, and old folks come to tell us the stories of the aunts, grandmas, uncles and grandpas who taught them how to spin, or card, wash f;leece. warp looms, and of course crochet and knit. We are a refelction of what used to be, when everyone knew everyone else, when the smell of fresh baked bread was a daily thing to take for granted not a priveledged event. We harken back to lazy summer afternoons, where you could sit on a porch and shuck corn for hours, or shell peas, or snap beans, while someone told stories of their childhood days or fishing tales where fish got bigger with each telling.

We remind people that communications happen best you speak to someone kindly, with a smile, and attend to them with interest, not a text message or a yap fest without empathy. We remind people that it takes more than two hands to get a job done, and that somethings don’t really change. We inspire and teach, and we learn, we learn so much every year.

Why just today an older woman came in to visit with one of our volunteers, and told stories of stilling on her grandmother’s wood fired stove, learning to crochet on weekends early in the morning, waiting for the house to warm up. She’s crocheted for about 70 years, and spoke of the 12 lapghans she crocheted in the past four weeks to give away to the senior center, to folks who were “old”  What did I learn? I watched my teenaged daughter’s face as she listened to the woman tell her stories, and then the two of them talked crochet. There wasn’t anything “new” in what I learned, perhaps it was more of a reminder, that really the whole world can move as fast as it wants, tech can make us reach across oceans, and make life go by faster thant he nano-seconds we like to keep track of, but there is nothing more prescious than a young person listening to an older person and then feeling safe to tell her stories too.

We often forget in our quest for knowledge, in our quests for perfection and success that our lives are short, and time is more often best spent visiting, in person, and listening to each other, and yes, learning.

I’ll be at the Stanwood Camano Fair in Stanwood WA from 10-8pm Wednesday Aug. 4, taking entries, and then come on by and see me Friday Aug 6 thru Sun Aug. 8, 2010. We have a fabulous time, come pull up a chair on the porch, I can talk and spin at the same time, or maybe we can just crochet together. You tell me your stories and I’ll tell you mine!

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Are you ready for a VERY TWISTED HALLOWEEN??

Portland, Oregon are you ready for a VERY TWISTED HALLWEEN? Fearless Leader (me…and yes it is wierd to speak of oneself in the third person :))  has arrived, pirate costume in hand, spinning wheel, fleece and hooks galore!

Come on down to Twisted on NE Broadway tomorrow Friday October 30th from 5pm – 8pm and help us crochet a GIGANTIC spiders web…and meet what the Crochet Liberation Front has certified as “Possibly the World’s Most Gigantic Usable Hook!” made by our very own Jimbo! Infamous World Traveling Fiber Artist and Activist, Rockpool Candy is joining us all the way from Northern Ireland!!! I’m so excited to meet her LIVE in person!

This is going to be one heck of a party folks! Remember October 30th from 5-8pm, and Saturday (Halloween) from 12noon-4pm ! Join us we’ll be spinning and crocheting the web!

Check out our famous hooklebrity on Jimbo’s blog!

A  new graphic, because a few things changed, and I wanted to do it up a little neater…Portland Oregon, Halloween, Crochet, Hand Spinning, Fiber Arts, Party

 

I’ll be wearing me piratey outfit on Halloween day! How else could I celebrate fuzzy fiber love?!  Though I may wear trousers and a floofy shirt instead of the dress… 🙂 10lbs of chenille in October is pretty comfy 😉

Fall Issue of Crochet Uncut!

Hey hooksters the unofficial official magazine of the Crochet Liberation Front: Crochet Uncut, has released it’s Fall Issue! Just in time for our itchy fingers to get busy!

Also a few places of note: The fourth weekend of this month called September, I’ll be trekking down to the Oregon Flock and Fiber with my good friend, nature photographer Bec Thomas to see fibery goodness, and hopefully hook up with Myra Wood who is teaching a wonderful class at this huge event! YAY!

Then my family and I are heading down to Portland Oregon for Halloween to hang out with Inga (Rockpoolcandy) and Jim (Jimbo) to do something with the world’s largest crochet hook, handspinning, crochet and a spiders web! Stay tuned for more information!

If you are a spinner/crocheter or like to goofy and are in the Portland area and want to help let us know!

Fair Week again…and the Sock Summit!

If you’ve been with the CLF over the past two years (which by the way our Birthday is July 26th!) then you will know that for about two weeks a year my life is consumed by the local community fair! I love it!

Today I went out to the fair grounds, opened up the old log cabin, and swept, mopped, and dusted. Things weren’t too bad, no rat droppings (yay!), a few mice had tried to take up residence, but thank heavens were not in evidence. I do not have to paint, or do any major repairs to the inside of the building. Starting Tuesday from 10 am until 6pm and on Wednesday from 10am to 8pm I will be recieving entries for the Hand Spinning and Fleece Department at the Stanwood Camano Community Fair. This really is the “Best lil’ fair in the West!”

If you are in the Puget Sound Area and want to have some real old fashioned fun with the family or sweetheart come on out! I’ll be running around doing Superintendant type stuff, but let the folks in the log cabin know you’re on the fair grounds and I’ll try to meet up with you!

We have the best time every year, and we’d love to see you! And yes, of course crochet is very represented!Bec Thomas and Laurie Wheeler Spinning

Oh and the Sock Summit! I’ll be leaving on Thursday Aug. 6 to head down to my friends’ house in Oregon City, Oregon (near Portland), to stay for five whole days! YAY! Some of that will be playing with sock yarn, and sockie kind of activities at the Sock Summit. Some of that visit though is just for me, unadulterated visiting with folks! YAY!

If you’re at the Sock Summit I hope to run into you at the mega vendor’s market, that’s where I’ll be lurking!