For the 2012 season – this summer market season – I’m off.
My market experience will be as a customer this year.
Technically, I’m on sabbatical – with a booth space reserved for 2013. And (no surprise) the current relationship I have with Webster’s Dictionary compelled me to look that word up.
Webster tells me sabbatical is an extended leave – for “rest or study”.
I intend to do both.
Rug making, rep weave, and log cabin designs have my attention at the moment.
Several new-to-me yarns from Henry’s Attic are making their way into project plans.
Ashland Bay has new fiber I’m eager to spin and weave – especially the new colors in their merino-silk blend – likely additions to my line of shawls and scarves.
And with warmer weather on the way I’ll be moving outside with dyes: trying out a few new techniques and applications; fine tuning some of the color combinations I like best; and practicing on my handwoven fabric.
At the same time I’m continuing to review, renew, re-write, re-weave, and re-work several Rigid Heddle projects – hoping to give students in my Beginning Weaving class some additional choices and offer some of these new projects to a larger audience of RH weavers.
I’m also trying to develop a better working knowledge of how to use and maintain a website/blog.
As for vending at the Burlington Farmer’s Market, it means I’m not.
Not this summer.
And not having to wake up at 4:15 Saturday mornings? That’s part of the “rest”.
This summer I’m looking forward to shopping there.
More than a quick dash away from my booth.
An actual jaunt.
Maybe even a saunter.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the new ‘footprint’ of the market works for both customers and sellers. This larger space includes a section of St. Paul St.- closed to traffic – with vendors lining both sides of the street.
More space means more vendors – 90 this year! Vermonters selling what they grow and make – fresh produce, meats, cheeses, beverages, prepared foods and handmade crafts. The market keeps growing – changing, improving and expanding – bringing more good things into the mix.
Better and better. Every day in every way.
And that sentiment is guiding my choice as I take my leave this year.
It’s time for me to look forward and include more good things in my spinning, weaving and dyeing – things I can share with an incredible group of individuals who enjoy, encourage and support the work.
I appreciate the opportunity.
And promise to post my progress.