Monday, May 19, 2014

Inspiration Mondays: The Festival-Makers

A friend of mine sent me an email to ask if I wanted to go with her to the 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair next Sunday.

Is the sky blue? Is the Pope Catholic? Do Rascals sleep on the couch?

I am amazed by the people who make these festivals happen. I used to organize events as part of my job, and not only are they test of your organizational skills, but of your people skills as well. You think herding cats is hard? Try getting people to ignore hazards and to not open doors that they're not supposed to. THAT'S hard.

Joanne Seiff wrote about some of the most famous of the fibre festivals in her book called Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals. I love this book, because she has not only been able to convey the overwhelming nature of these events, but she also reminds you that there's much more to see there than "just yarn." There are usually animals that you can hug pet, and food that you can gorge yourself enjoy, and people... lots and lots of people just like me who love to create.

THAT'S cool.

Today, I am inspired by the people who take on the gargantuan task of putting together these festivals for people like me who are constantly saying, "Someone should do that." I am pleased to support their efforts, for it is no small one. If I come home with a treat or ten two, well, all the better.

**I returned from my walk this afternoon skipping with joy because it looks like there's a yarn store opening in my little town. I might have to support that, too...

1 comment:

thecrazysheeplady said...

As someone who plays a small part in helping put on two fiber festivals, thank you for getting it :-). Nice post. As always :-).