July Musings 2020

Covid 19 still has a firm grip on large parts of this country and we are all adjusting to a new normal as we look forward to the July 4th. festivities or the lack thereof.  We are grateful to just quarantine at home and continue to work and communicate from here.

We stay in touch with friends and family on Facetime and on the phone. Our neighborhood continues to practice social distancing while we get together frequently to catch up with each other and mark special occasions. I am already looking forward to the planned Independence Day celebration; however, we are at the mercy of the weather.

One of my musical friends is planning on a backyard concert and had a stage built for a string quartet, which promises some classic presentations and a patriotic sing along. The plan is to top off the evening with a bonfire, since fireworks are not permitted at this time. It all depends on the mood of Mother Nature, but gives us something to look forward to.

A couple of weeks ago we had company and were looking for outdoor things to do. A friend suggested we take a ride to Alexander, NC, just north of Asheville, and visit the Blue Ridge Day Lilly Farm. It was a worthwhile trip despite the heat. If you love hundreds of different kinds of lilies spread out over several acres of land, this is the place to go. They are only open to the public between the middle of June and the middle of July.

This last weekend I was thrilled to attend a fiber sale in Asheville which was organized by the members of Local Cloth. I loaded up on everything from sock yarn to embroidery thread. Some of the yarn will be used when I demo again at the Folk Art Center to allow visitors to do a hands-on sessions and take their swatches home with them.

I was very excited this last week to receive my contract to teach again at our annual Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). Hopefully we will be able to come together to enjoy the planned workshops as usual. I have posted the line-up under my Events page and hope that the virus will allow us to proceed, even if we have to wear masks and practice social distancing.

This last month I prepared more images for my upcoming HT Boutique website. We are in the process of presenting some of my high-end pieces online and this website will reflect the image of my classic style and will be presented in a slightly different and unusual way. It is fun to develop this new project, although it proves that patience is a virtue I have an opportunity to practice here!

Preparing the HT Ladies and HT Wedding sections encouraged me to create more thread lace items for the boutique. It feels really good to express my love of Irish crochet and other thread lace techniques in new and exciting original designs.

I encourage you to learn and practice some new techniques if you find yourself with a bit of extra time. Indulge yourself with some beautiful yarn or thread and call it your corona project.

Take care of yourself and be well!

“I do what I love and I love what I do.”