Well, we are back from the Festival de la fibre Twist fibre festival in St-André-Avellin in Québec. We schlepped 5 boxes and a suitcase full of Yummy Yarn Studio yarns, display items and both Yummy and devonshireKnots patterns. Oh and a few articles of clothing.
What an absolutely beautiful part of the country!! If you ever get a chance to visit, please do. It’s about an hour’s drive from Ottawa (about 1.5 hours from Montreal) in the Laurentian mountains and Outaouais River valley, with gently rolling hills, larger rocky outcrops, fields of corn, grazing cattle, sheep, and even Beefalo (a cow/buffalo cross).
Sam’s GPS (Maggie) took us a bit “off piste” since the autoroute linking Gatineau with St-André-Avellin (via Thurso) isn’t quite complete yet. You know, the road less taken isn’t always a bad thing. Some leaves were hinting that they’re getting ready to turn. And autumn in this area is always spectacular.
Unfortunately neither of us thought to bring proper cameras so any photos we do have were taken with cellphones. We must admit that there were a few happenstances of, “is there anyone behind us? No? Well then STOP THE CAR!!!”
Oh and did we mention the HEAT and HUMIDITY? For a couple of girls from the dry prairies, it took a bit of getting used to.
Anyway, the Festival itself was a lot of fun. We met a lot of very nice people and made contact with others in “da business”. We even managed to do a bit of commerce which was the whole purpose in going.
Language barriers be damned, our patterns are out there in both French and English homes. That’s very cool.
The best best best part was the look on people’s faces when they asked where our shop was and we were able to say “______________”.
“Ben (pronounced bain)…You came a long way…” Yes; yes we did…For the most we were appreciated for coming all that distance.
It wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops though. As mentioned earlier it was HOT and by hot, we mean the kind of hot that eastern and central North America has suffered through all summer. Temperatures in the mid-30s (celsius) but humidity so high the Humidex readings were in the low 40’s. Standing on a concrete arena surface for 9-10 hours is hard. Let’s just say, elevated feet were the words of the night.
On the way out, Jody was randomly selected for a full body search and then her carry on was searched (naughty crochet hooks). On the way home, security didn’t believe that Sam could have so many boxes filled with YARN until they opened one to see for themselves.
And let’s face it; even that wasn’t so very bad…
Actually, the BESTEST part of the whole thing was getting hugs from a certain world-famous knitter who has a very successful blogging and writing career. Oh and this writer is now following Sam on Twitter and replied to one of Jody’s tweets. We’re not “there” yet, but we’re getting close! 🙂