Dexter in the Rain, Art Supply Shopping, and Simply Colorful Fibercast

Dexter and I were able to sneak in a short walk to the Ashland Reservoir in between the rain showers today. The wind has been hard at work bringing down the fall leaves and the forest path was laden with color. Dexter is not a big fan of walking in the rain but we both enjoyed stretching our legs and getting some fresh air.

I've been gathering art supplies to take on the road in Wild Thing and realized that my wooden studio easel is much too large to take with me so I made a quick run to Michael's Arts and Crafts and found this terrific aluminum easel that is just the right size, weight, will fold for storage, and was on sale! Don't you just love coupons!

My dear friend Lynn M. called later and invited me to join her on a trip to one of our favorite shops, the Franklin Mill Store.  We needed a visit and a chance to catch up and who can resist a trip to the fabric store!  Franklin Mill Store is a full-service fiber art store offering Quilt Fabric, Home Decorator Fabrics, Premium Yarn and Knitting Patterns and Knitting Supplies, Garment Fabric, Trims, Sewing Notions, Wool for Rug Hooking and Applique, Books, Patterns, and more. My friend Mary and her sister are carrying on a family tradition of quality, service, and a passion for fabric started by their family three generations ago! This shop is a local treasure.

My friend Lynn is such an inspiration to me! She is an amazing fiber artist who quilts, hooks rugs, makes doll art, knits, spins yarn, and has just started a Long Arm Quilting Service! She broadcasts a weekly fiber art program from her Simply Colorful Studio on Friday nights called FiberCast. Durning this videocast, Lynn streams live video of what she's working on in her studio while folks from around the world watch her on YouTube and participate  via text, e-mail, and online comments while they work on their own projects. It's  a once a week virtual community crafting hour! Check her out and join her online Friday evenings for an hour of community creativity. As Lynn says "It's amazing what you can get done in 60 minutes!" Oh yeah, and she does all this while holding down a full-time job! She is a remarkable woman and I am honored to call her my friend.

I picked up a new hat pattern and some yarn at the Franklin Mill Store today and am happily burrowed on the couch this evening knitting to the rhythm of the rain.