The berries are coming in...love that! Farmer's Market is open...love that! It's been 100-plus degrees in 2/3 of the US...don't love that! The heat makes me remember other really hot times. I remember as a kid, before there was air conditioning for regular homes, sitting/laying outside under a tree trying to catch any little breeze. And now that I think of it, sort of like when the dogs dig holes in the ground trying to get to cooler earth, laying on the ground was certainly cooler than inside the house. I would hardly move, just waiting for the day to pass so it could cool off at night and the rain might come. More likely it would be heat lightning and no rain.
In spite of the heat, it is time to really start getting ready for the second half of the season. June was a bit of downtime for us. My husband and I were supposed to go to Sweden this year to visit friends, but it just didn't come together. So we took a small trip to Baltimore to see my sister and I was able to show him what and where we do things at Maryland Sheep & Wool. He gets to stay at home and take care of things here when we are traveling to shows. Everyone else in the studio and the office took some time off as well during June. We are refreshed and now ready for what comes next!
And what is coming next?? We are getting ready for a round of events in late July and into August! This includes a trunk show at A Likely Yarn in Abingdon, VA on July 27-28 and what we call our Midwest Tour! Stitches Midwest, August 9-12, and Michigan Fiber Festival, August 17-19. In September we will be doing a trunk show at The Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA, and prepping for Rhinebeck and SAFF in October. The last major event of the year is a trunk show at The Yarn Company in New York City in mid-November. Just a few things to keep us busy!
Plus we will have the second half of the year for the Miss Babs Knitting Tour. The third kit will ship in September and the last one in December. Right now we are in the moors of England - Yorkshire to be precise. What a great year to be in England with the Olympics coming up!
So while we are busy getting yarn and fiber ready for you to have at shows for the second half of the year, we also are getting to enjoy the bounty of the summer.