Musings November 2018

As usual, October was my busiest time of the year so far. A 4 day demo session at the Folk Art Center, the Fall Show of the Southern Highland Guild and teaching workshops at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) kept me hoping last month. I received exciting news about the lady I mentored for membership into the Guild; Raeus Cannon from Knoxville, TN was accepted into the Fiber category. The image above shows one of her coats I especially like: “Fading Fast”. Raeus will be a great addition to the fiber community of the Guild.

I also took some time out for fun with my fabulous foursome musical friends to travel to Kingsport, TN. Located about 2 hours north of Asheville, it is a gem of community pride, where the dream of a childhood memory became a reality. Many sponsors, volunteer woodcarvers, painters, mechanics and artists completed the Kingsport Carousel project, which opened in 2015 and offers $1 rides. 32 animals, chariots and rounding boards with painted scenes brought back happy childhood memories. My great uncle Jacob painted carousel horses many decades ago when I was a little girl in Germany. So this fun experience brought back lots of good memories.

Another joy in my life is the new season of the Asheville Symphony with our new conductor, Darko Butorac. This year celebrates the 100th. birthday of Leonard Bernstein and my musical friends and I are looking forward to “An American in Paris” on November 17th. As usual, we kick off our evening with a delicious early dinner at our friend Kathy’s house. This puts everybody in a festive mood to start off the holiday season.

During November I am planning on getting some rest, completing restoration work and planning several new projects for our Guild Christmas sale and my last demo session for this year at the Folk Art Center. November is a special time for giving thanks for all our blessings, including all my fiber friends. Turkey time will be with family as usual, followed by the time-honored tradition of finding just the right tree to hold all those special ornaments.

I appreciate all you fiber friends, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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