Monday, May 03, 2010


Can you guess what I did this weekend?

Does it help if I tell you that it was the first weekend in May?

Does it help if I show you this picture?

Or this one?

That's right, I went to MD Sheep and Wool Festival!

DD#2 accompanied me and has gone to almost as many of these as I have. She was a trooper, too. She had a track meet the day before and didn't get home until 10:00 pm and was still able to get up the next morning to leave at 7:30.

We went on Sunday for the second time ever. If I didn't know better I would've called it crowded, but since I usually go on Saturday I know how much better it was.

There was almost no wait time for parking. There were plenty of extra port-a-potties this year and I never saw a bathroom line at anytime. The t-shirt line was almost non-existent.

And something we don't get to see on Saturday: The Sheep-to-Shawl contest.

Here are some of the groups (I believe there were 6 or 7 of them.) They start out with a fleece and end up with a woven shawl and do all the steps inbetween. I won't explain it anymore than that, though, since I don't really know what I'm talking about, especially when it comes to weaving.

Here's Maggie's Music, located in the main building, that entertains us every year with pretty music and a puppet show!

Since last year I didn't go at all, and the previous year I went with a pretty strict budget, this year I took some extra money...and spent it all!

Here's what I got:

A t-shirt (since that line was so short) and the SWIFT were splurges. The swift is in the long white box that I plan on getting up my nerve enough to try it out tonight.

I had looked on Ravelry the night before to see what other people had bought and thought, "isn't that interesting that people tended to stick within a color scheme and buy things that go together."

Then yesterday, about halfway through the day, I noticed that I did the same thing.

From left to right:
- 4 oz. roving from Little Barn
- 500 yds. 100% Merino sock yarn from Ellen's 1/2 pint farm (where I got the swift)
- 450 yards sock yarn from Gale's Art in Deep Blue Sea colorway
- 4 oz. BFL roving from Cloverleaf Farms in Purple
- 8 oz. Merino roving from Pucker Brush Farm

The needle felting kit is from Thistledown Alpacas from a new vendor section up on the hill where it was easy to move around.

I tried to talk DD#2 into committing to make it for me, but she resisted. Then I realized that I could just make it for myself, and so I shall.

Also, I bought a new set of size 1 dpns.

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but they are SQUARE. Yes, really. Just because they are interesting. They're supposed to make nice, even stitches, but how they can do better than round ones I don't know. But I'll find out.

And in the back of that pic are two more bobbins for my spinning wheel. Yes, I am planning on spinning more this year. And maybe even getting better at it.

By 1:00 pm DD#2 and I were done and ready to go. ( all spent)(but also meaning, getting way too hot, especially in the barns.)

Lovely day by all accounts.


Denise said...

let us know how those square needles work out. I wanted to buy some but not if they are all hype.

valéria said...

Wohooo, that's a great weekend. I love your photo's and am glad you had such a great finds. Once I got the change to buy a loom...a big one...but DH said he didn't want me to because whe had to remove the dining table from our home and asked where would we eat??? nah he could eat diner from his lap couldn't he??

Well of course he was right as I really don't have any space to put it but someday if I get another change??? I'll try to convince my DH to buy me a farm that goes with it..... :o) :o) :o)

Love your boughties....looks very soft and yummy and yes you often use the same colors but that's ok isn't it?? I tend to go to purple and red for myself and blue and grey for the men.

Thank you for this post so I could dream a little about being there as well :o)