Today I'm working on list making and preparations for this fall. First up is the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival in Hemlock, NY. This is by far my favorite festival of the year. It's big enough to attract some of my favorite vendors and worth several hours of time walking around but small enough where the crowds aren't a factor like with Rhinebeck.
On my list I have directions just in case my GPS has problems, I made a note to visit the used equipment sale that I've missed in previous years and made notes on yardage requirements for a few projects I have in mind. I plan to pack a lunch this year (stupid Weight Watchers . . .), bring a small cooler for drinks for the ride and bring plenty of cash for shopping.
For my own personal benefit I have to have a shopping focus. If I don't have that I will either buy nothing or buy everything - having done both before it really sucks. Last year my focus was on spinning fibers. This year I don't have a driving need for yarn or spinning fibers so I will be on the hunt for unique items like stitch markers, tools, patterns, gift ideas, little spinning wheels, etc. I will say that if I find something that I love I will buy it on the spot because nothing is worse than riding home in the car wishing that skein of yarn or braid of roving came home with me. I still think about that skein of yarn at Rhinebeck that was $32 to make a pair of socks and I didn't buy it because I thought it was too expensive. That kind of regret no longer happens because now I just buy it and if years later I don't want to use it someone else will kindly take it in a destash.
I haven't gotten to what hand knits I'm going to wear but that is the best part. Depending on the weather I may bring a shawl to wear with a t-shirt. Festivals are the best places to watch for hand knits and it's completely acceptable to walk up to someone and ask them all about what they have on. Can't wait!