Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Fair has Begun!

For the next 10 days I'll be spending my days and evenings at the Western Fair knitting!  It is always a great time; lots of knitting time and great Knitters.
Thursday night was set up night.  Once the Wildflower Wool booth was set up and ready to go I took a wander around the midway.

 It is a totally different feeling walking through all the rides and games without the lights, music and crowds of people.

Crews were still working hard at setting up the rollercoaster and the other rides for opening day the next afternoon.

 Prizes anyone??
I swear there were Knitters waiting at the gates when the fair opened!  Lots of people stopped by to say hi before heading outside to the rides trying to take advantage of the nice weather before the storm rolled in.  A few of the regular fair Knitters stayed for a while to sit and knit with me.

This ball of yarn is the start of our 10 day Charity Challenge.  We are going to knit a scarf for 10 days.  At the end of the fair we will see how long it is and how many people in the community spent a little bit of time to knit a stitch or a row or two.  It will then be donated to Keeping Kids Warm; a wonderful local charity helping the homeless youth.

That storm they were predicting?  It arrived.  My son came back to the booth and demanded that I had to come outside with him.  Everyone else was flocking INTO the buildings and we were heading out, lol!  As we neared the outside doors it looked just like any other sky just before it rains; dark, grey and windy.  Then we took a step outside and looked up. I looked up into this huge, low, black cloud that seemed to cover most of the midway and thought %!*# this isn't going to be good.  I went back inside to knit and they closed the outside part of the fair for the rest of the night.

For anyone who has ever worked at events like this you know that having it rain is not a bad thing.  It brings the people inside the buildings.  One lady stands out for me.  I think that she came over mostly to express her displeasure at having found out there were no refunds or passes for getting in free another day due to the weather.  As I was showing her how to do the knit stitch she mumbled under her breath "Well, I guess I paid $14 to knit for the night".  She wasn't a happy fair goer.  I smiled at her and said that spending the night knitting sounded like my perfect evening.  By the time we finished chatting and she had knit a couple of rows on the charity scarf she seemed much happier.  She even signed up for a learn to knit class.  Knitting had worked its magic on her.  She went away much happier than she arrived :)


Anonymous said...

You do have Your incredible charm My Friend. If I didn't know how to knit, You'd be teaching Me...xo

Catherine said...

I have never heard of a knitting booth at a fair. I wish there were more public knitting events in the UK. I know I can take my knitting nearly everywhere but having it official would be fun. I hope you post a picture of the finished scarf.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

That's an amazing sky ... we had something similar and felt a certain kinship with Kansas! YIKES!

Lovely story about Mrs Grumpypants!