We are here! Adelaide and I arrived in Asheville late last week. We got a good dose of hotel fun (because, really, it's all about the pool) now followed by the comfort of good southern hospitality at the work of our dear hosts and friends, the English family. We spent the weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair, meeting with many old Taproot friends. Longtime contributors Ashley English and Kirsten Shockey both gave wonderful presentations at the fair. And we made lots of new Taproot friends too - readers and contributors alike. What a treat to fly somewhere completely new and be instantly surrounded by such like-minded people. The fair was full of all of that - plus a whole lot of great food and treats. Who knew I had a little shopper on my hands? She talked me into quite a few things, this one, but after all the work she did through the weekend, it was well-deserved. This girl lugged boxes, shook hands, straightened up the booth and even became 'helper' to other vendors and presenters alike (thank you, Claudia, for sweetly including her in your cheese presentation!). And funny thing - my parents just so happen to be driving through this way on their own vacation. Naturally, I put them both to work this weekend in the booth. What a blessing it is to have a family team!
And now we settle on into the week ahead. There will be plenty of time for lingering over yarn, good cocktails, jewelry shopping (Adelaide's request), bookstores, stockists visits, museum visits and more. Most especially, the sunshine. And the blooming everything! I feel a bit as though we've cheated on our spring up in Maine by diving into this gorgeous place and climate that feels at least a month ahead of our own. We plan to fully enjoy that.
Asheville folks! We have a plan! Tuesday (tomorrow), April 12th, we'd love to gather with you from 4-6pm for a casual meet and greet, knit session, what have you. We'll plan to meet in Carrier Park near the pavilion, unless it's raining in which case we'll bring it to Highland Brewery in the tasting room. Ashley English will be joining us, as well as the ladies from Fern Fiber. I'll be sure to post a definitive location by noon on Tuesday on Instagram. I hope to meet some of you there!
And now, the sunshine calls......wishing you and yours a lovely day, wherever you may be.