So far, market wise, we are having one of our best summers. I apologize that I didn't have enough blue to meet your needs, but more will be coming in the week ahead. I'm also thinking of making more hats for sale, as so many of you would like one. I do have to charge for my labor in knitting them, which makes them more expensive, but if you want high performing, high quality winter wear that has awesome style, our hats are very reasonably priced! I'll also have a mirror available in our booth now so you don't have to take pictures of yourselves anymore to see how you look! lol By the way, when a knitter makes something, they can only hope it will look good on the intended person who'll be wearing the garment, when you're knitting 'blind'. Yet, when you put our hats on, I'm stunned! Shetland makes people look good! I'll definitely be making more.
We also came perilously close to selling out of needles last week, so this week, we had new inventory! Come and check out our colors as we're confident you'll find something you'll like! I'm hoping that by next week, we'll have more of the larger size needles we offer, too. I have only one pair left in natural color, but the new ones will be a variety of colors in your favorite picks (as well as more naturals).
Speaking of market, it was a real pleasure and honor to meet Bob, son of a well known antique spinning wheel restorer yesterday! Every spinner has a soft heart for any and every wheel. How lucky we were in hearing of your restoration adventures with antique wheels needing to be loved and brought back to life, and more of the museum in Pennsylvania! It was a pleasure meeting you Bob, and we wish you well in your restoration endeavors in the future! For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to meet Bob, you can learn more about him here: spinningwheelrestoration.com
Which brings me to EAA, er...Experimental Aircraft Association. For those of you who don't know about EAA, it's a fabulous 'air extravaganza' right here in our airy back yard! It used to draw just shy of one million visitors to our area, but I've learned that this year, the numbers are down to 500,000. Wow. That's a big drop, so this year has been quieter than usual We were disappointed in the warbirds not making their loops over our pastures this year each day during the airshow, like they have in all the years we've lived here. In fact, I grew up with those goofy old planes, and I guess I missed them! One new thing that happened to us this year, that has never happened before was a pilot flying extremely low over our pastures...so low in fact, the plane spooked our sheep and they panicked, running all over the place! Thankfully, they stayed in their fence, and the also panicked shepherd was ready for a second comeback, which thankfully didn't happen. We've never had a pilot fly so low before. I saw his face, he was so low! In fact, it has been an odd year with planes. A few weeks ago, we noticed a little ultralight buzzing around above our pastures. He was pretty high for an ultralight, and the pilot was suspended from a little bag, with his hands on the triangle thing for steering. We all though he seemed so vulnerable up there. Then, one day, the police were blocking traffic in front of our farm, asking people to turn around and find an alternate route. Turns out, that ultralight was up flying that evening, and crashed in a field just a short distance from our farm. We were very sad to hear the pilot died that beautiful evening! That marks the second air fatality in our neighborhood in two years.
One thing that didn't change was the buzzing skywriters flipping out in their planes just to the east of our peaceful, grazing sheep. One afternoon, I went out and stood among the ewes and lambs and just watched the pilot flip himself over and over, up and down, all over the place while drawing perfect loops in the sky. The sheep were unimpressed, just chewing their cud or tearing off grass but I was having fun watching the plane, as I do every year. But soon, the skies went quiet again...ususually so for EAA. By week's end, we were beginning to wonder how the whole week went for EAA, as it was not typical out here. It was quiet.
As I'm writing this, a nice little summer thunderstorm is giving us good rain and cool breezes, with distant thunder. I will have to say, it has not been a summer of all work, but the shepherdess and family have been able to take nice time away from the farm as well. It's important to relax and have a little down time, which for me usually spells more great ideas! lol
Well, hope all of you are having a great summer! If you are ever in our area, be sure to check out our huge market Saturday mornings and experience the joys small farms bring to communities yourselves! We're confident you won't be disappointed!