This weekend was the long anticipated Common Ground Fair. I headed out early with Mom and Cousin P, and it was a GLORIOUS day, weather-wise. We couldn’t help but compare it to other years where we swam through pouring rain to go to the fair, or slogged through ankle deep mud to see the animals and fiber, or froze and huddled by the cows to keep warm. 🙂 Not so this year. This year we are in a dry spell – no mud. The skies are bright and clear – no rain. While it was a cold morning, it was nothing a pair of wool socks and a hooded sweater couldn’t fix.
We wandered through the Maine Marketplace tents and found Cousin B’s pizza at Harvest Moon Wood-fired Pizza. Said hello to the gang before heading off to the crafters tents. Oh my goodness, the things people make! Jewelry, hand-wovens, knits, wood work, pottery, amazing things. These tents were filled to the brim (and around the outside) with all the things Maine Artisans make, and it is awe-inspiring.
Then it was over to the animals and then fiber land. I spent a long time – an hour or more in just one tent, and came out with a skein of luscious 60/40 merino/angora bright pink yarn, in a weight somewhere between sport and DK. It is soft and luscious and bright, and will make a great addition to my hats.
By then it was lunch time, and so we braved the crowds and of course got pizza – mmmmmm it was yummy. We sat on some steps in the sunshine and enjoyed the good food and great weather. By then, the crowds were building, which none of the three of us were excited about – it is why we go to the fair early on the first day.
So, we made a plan to get some cash, hit the flushable toilets and then shop our way back to the car, drop off purchases and then head back in for the contra-dancing.
By the time we got to the gate, I knew I was done, and asked the others to please not worry about me, but I was going to stay at the car and nap and knit. Turns out they were just as tired, so we headed home.
It was a great day,and I came home with a good amount of yarn for someone who didn’t have a lot of money and couldn’t find two of her favorite vendors in the giant fair. I found some great mini skein packs at the Bartlett tent – I wish I had money for more of these guys! I MIGHT have found some yarn for my leftie shawl…
And bread from Borealis Breads, and maple candy and a new thing – Maple jelly! Can’t wait to try that on some peanut butter toast… or vanilla ice cream… or crepes… I also got a little something for the cats – best catnip ever – in little toys and bags.
And as we walked back to the car at the end of the day, I noticed my shoes were dusty. Not wet, not muddy. Dusty. A good day.