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Thank you so much for the Apple Cider Donut recipe! Circumstances have never allowed me to attend The festivities so I might attempt to make them. For autumn, I like to knit little leaves and hang them on the branches of my favorite trees around my home to give them some love and warmth for the colder months.

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Oct 16, 2022Liked by Anne Vally

Here in the Pacific Northwest, pears and hazelnuts are the queen of fall. I get huge bags to eat raw and cook with. If you have access to Gravenstein apples, they make my very, very favorite homemade applesauce. And it's easy, which is great because I don't have much energy. Right now is Holiday and Valentine's small gift production time. So, knitting...knitting is my fall tradition!

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My husband, who lived not too far from Rhinebeck for a time as a child, has encouraged me to go to Rhinebeck so we could explore the area for years. After seeing a video of the crowd yesterday, we mutually decided that if we make that trip, it will be at a different time. It would be fun to see all the knitting though and eat the famous doughnuts. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe you shared.

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Oct 16, 2022Liked by Anne Vally

Thank you for your Rhinebeck comments. I’ve not been, so my sense of it is definitely from an outsider’s view. But your word "fetish" rang true for me given all the publicity it gets from people who do plan to attend. I continue to detect a desire and plan for great yarn/fiber consumerism as well, having heard the stories of running to a particular vendor's booth before they sell out, and of skeins of yarn being snatched out of someone's hands before they can complete their purchase.

That there are gatherings where yarn and fiber producers get to have a huge in-person audience for their wares, where fiber users get to meet new friends in person and gather with old friends, where the whole chain of yarn and fiber production can be demonstrated to folks who may have no clue where their skeins come from, where skills are passed on - I think is totally wonderful. I'm going to a much smaller fiber festival myself in a few days, for all those reasons.

I wish that the scarcity mentality - both the "I've got to get ____ before everyone else gets all of it," and the "I have to go to ____because it's the most holy fiber place in the universe and I shall be incomplete if I don't go," could be recognized and considered much as you are doing…by asking "Does this fit with the me I want to be, with the me that is emerging?"

Thanks for giving me a context for examining my own unease about the fiber festival world and about what the festival world communicates of what is an unsustainable paradigm of scarcity and consumption. Thanks for the cider donut hole recipe,too! Yum.

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Oct 16, 2022Liked by Anne Vally

Thank you for the donut hole recipe! I will have to try it. I returned yesterday with 7 honey crisp apples and discovered this morning that there are 3 left. Obviously a favorite here. And that is autumn for us in New England we thoroughly enjoy the fall apple harvest, the pumpkin carving and the fall leaf color. This drought year we have less color but more reds and oranges around us rather than the yellows and holds of some years.

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