So Larry and I got our errands done yesterday morning, paid the kids to clean the house, and off we went. The festival is in Ringoes (Festival web site if you are in the area and want to go today).
OK, it was small. Really small. Not a lot of vendors. We did take the time to look at the sheep and some alpacas (no pictures of the alpacas, sorry!).
I bought roving for my Spinning Roving Swap partner, but didn’t buy anything for my Chocolate Swap partner as I didn’t know if I’d get a yarn or roving partner. I did get a couple of things for myself!
This is 8 oz of cria alpaca roving from Windy Farm Alpacas. She was very nice – and gave me directions to do wet felting. Looks like a lot of work, so not sure I’m going to do it.
This is about 230 yards of sport weight Alpaca. Its from Tender Heart Farms. Its so soft – I thought I’d dye it and make myself a pair of socks.
This is about 4.6 oz of Alpaca (gee, guess I was a bit single minded yesterday!) – unfortunately, I didn’t get a card from the seller so I don’t know who she was. I thought the colors were beautiful – she was spinning it up and it was so nice – very stripy. I asked her how she was going to ply it – she was going to ply it with a solid. I’m not sure – I may just spin this and use it as singles to not lose the barberpole effect.
One of the vendors, Aboundingful Farm Fibers, had Angora rabbits for sale; we hung around them for a while talking to the owner and asking lots of questions. Actually, Larry is the one that started asking about it. I wish I had taken some pictures, but we were so intent on the conversation that I just didn’t think about it. I’m sort of torn – this is probably the only animal I could ever own that is related to my fiber obsession, but I’m just not sure I want to take care of another animal. She showed us the fiber she got from one – two boxes full of beautiful, soft angora. I think I need to do some internet research on it before I make a decision. There is a lot of care and maintenance on the rabbit. But I do think it would be really cool to spin angora from my own rabbit. She is located in Palmyra, PA, so not too far just in case we want to do it. Larry was actually very open to this – he really is a great husband.
We had a problem last night with Dan; I’m so upset about it and just not sure what to do with this kid anymore. It started with a phone call from him from the police station (ugh) – turns out that he was driving on a suspended license. This is his second time – so the fines are going to be enormous. Ended up with me kicking him out because I was so mad at his continued failure to take responsibility (his license was suspended because he didn’t pay a ticket) and because he continued to lie to us about the whole situation. Its so frustrating – he just got a new job as a bank teller – starts training in October. Now that’s in question as he can’t drive there. I was really hoping that he was finally starting to grow up – guess not. In his defense he never got notified (as far as I know – Dan and the truth are two things that rarely meet), but I just don’t know what we can do. Its hard to know what to do with a 21 year old that has just decided not to do anything. Larry thinks that I’m part of the problem because I keep on bailing him out, but its hard to step back and let things happen to your child. We’ve sent him to three different colleges – he never went to class. We paid half his rent for 6 months hoping that would motivate him to support himself – end result of that one was I was out 6 months of rent, and he had an eviction hearing for never paying his half of the rent. He’s been living here rent free for the last 4 months, and we hoped that he’d get on his feet, but here we are again. The penalties for 2nd offense of driving on a suspended license are fines, 6 month suspension and potentially 5 days in jail. I’m totally freaking out. I can’t imagine how things could get any worse with him. I woke up this morning with the thought that maybe we should hire a lawyer for him and see if we can’t argue that since he didn’t get notified it should be dropped. If he doesn’t lose his license, then he can take the new job, and maybe he’ll finally start to grow up. But is that just bailing him out again? Hard to know when to let go and let consequence happen. Sometimes being a parent really sucks.