Friday, October 21, 2011

Grandmothers' Day Out

Sometimes the grandmother gig involves spending time with other grandmothers. Friends who remember things like typewriters, dial telephones and who listened to music on record players.

Today was one of those days-- a day spent with a fellow knitter, who happens to be a new grandmother. We spent an entire day at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) looking at yarn and all the things that go with the hobby. And it was just as much fun to see the beautiful handmade scarves and shawls that all the shoppers wore. Wearing a knitted item here was the equivalent of the secret handshake--it meant you belonged. There were no strangers. Everyone was a friend.

So for hours we looked and touched and ooohed and ahhhed. We planned and we wished and we bought. And we used a surprising amount of self control. (Which only means I have already decided what I want to buy next time.)  This was my first visit to SAFF near Asheville, NCBut I'm certain it won't be my last.

This sign was the first thing we saw as we turned into the parking lot.
Turns out there was also an antique tractor show
happening at the WNC Agricultural Center, too.
Evidently at a different gate.

Yarn vendors from across the country were set up around the arena.
We were there very early, before it got crowded. 

When you see so many beautiful colors it gets hard to decide 
which one(s) should go home with you.

There were rabbits and alpacas to see, if you were interested in
starting your knitting project from scratch.
But this was the only one I saw wearing a coat.

And I guess some people just couldn't wait to get home to knit some more.


  1. Sounds like such a wonderful way to spend the day ... friends + fiber = fun!

  2. What beautiful colors! I bet the drive had beautiful colors, too!

  3. Oooh, looks like a great show. Love the tractor sign and the bunny coat. What knit did you wear? And what came home with you?

  4. Sandra, had on my fun stripey socks but no one could see them under my jeans. Will consider wearing shorts next time! And the Lacy Baktus was around my neck. It was as much fun to see all the knitwear on the shoppers as it was to see the merchandise.

    Several skeins of yummy sock yarn followed me home. Now wishing I'd bought some other weights. year.....


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