When I left you yesterday we had just arrived at SAFF after all our trials and tribulations on the trip up.
As you may have read, the heater in the camper was broken and we had resorted to using a small space heater. None of us slept well. Aside from the cold, the weather had grown very windy. The canvas sides of the little Pop-Up camper billowed and flapped ferociously. It rocked and swayed in the wind even with the stabilizers down.
At 4am it became apparent that all 4 of us were awake. I said aloud as much to myself as to the others, ” I feel like I’m sailing in the Antarctic!”. That was all it took to send us into a giggling mess for the next 20 minutes until at last we settled down for a couple more hours effort towards sleep. Of course it didn’t compare to the night it was 22 degrees! None of it fazed us though. We were having too much fun together to worry about the cold or lack of sleep.
Despite the lack of sleep, we arose bright and early, ready to brave the outside world. We brewed some coffee, munched on Pumpkin Muffins and headed for the main sales building along with the other masses of shoppers eager to find the perfect purchase among the many venders. We shopped together as a group, alone or any number in between, methodically milling through all the treasures around us. I had been anticipating SAFF for weeks and it did not disappoint.
It was a spinner and knitters dream.
We all made our share of purchases and according to tradition, had a show and tell each evening to determine who was the biggest “Fiber Piggy” of the day.
Lori took a class on a Mini Shepherds Mug Rug and one on Angora Rabbit Care.
Lisa took one on basketry and made a fabulous Wool Drying Basket.
Loretta bought a really neat ceramic sheep made by a local artist. I got a mug from her too.
I came home with 2 patterns, some roving (wool prepared and ready for the spinning wheel), several types of yarn (including one made from corn!) and a few other odds and ends. I also picked up the knitting needles I needed and the Alum for natural dyeing. I even won $50 in the Anniversary drawing! (and spent it right away…)
And I managed to come home with no animals!
Although I was tempted…
I’m happy to report that we made it to the Farmers Market on the last day and the trip home the following morning was without incident. We even got meet Lisa’s daughter at “The Varsity” in Atlanta for lunch.
We arrived home tired, but happy. Happy Campers you might say. I’m already looking forward to my next visit to SAFF!