Samwise (Sam) Gamgee is a best friend – hobbit. He is to Frodo what Ethel Mertz was to Lucy Ricardo; what Barney Fife was to Andy Taylor; what McGee is to DiNozzo and Ziva. Sam is an awesome sidekick!
My Dad was my Sam this past weekend. We went to Taos to get “blue cheese” (Dad loves to get blue cheese in Taos). Saturday morning, as we were driving in Taos, I saw a sign at the entrance to Kit Carson Park (where the fall Wool Festival is held) saying “Taos Fiber Marketplace this weekend.” Seriously, this very weekend? I looked it up and – low and behold – it really was this weekend at the Taos Convention Center. I asked Dad if we could swing by there and he agreed. Fiber and wool aren’t his thing, but he knows they are mine.
He understood when I explained that I have to cruise the vendor booths at least once – perhaps twice – before I start buying. And then I may have to go through a couple more times in case I missed something. He patiently wandered with me, petted the fiber, remarked on the amazing colors, and even checked out camel and qiviut fibers. Found some gorgeous stuff in happy spring colors. Loaded up on mohair locks – I LOVE mohair locks.
Took 18 yarns to Wild Yarns, 3450 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211. Thanks so much, Kelly, for being willing to carry my yarns, thanks Sam for helping me get to this point! Please see the products page for a look at the yarns and description of their inspiration.
Sooo, if one decides to sell handcrafted, fiber related items, then one needs to do it right, right? With the help of friends and friends friends, I have been able to make some awesome connections to help, advise and work with me on getting things launched.
First, there needs to be an awesome logo that feels like “me” and helps identify my work. So what should a Birkenstock and patchouli wearing, somewhat hippy – ish (but totally hip) person named Smigiel do – go with a hippy hobbit (or reasonable facsimile)! . . . and Sam (my graphic artist and computer tech advisor) and I are off.