Another year has passed for Maryland Sheep and Wool. We got there around 11 (after stopping for a very nice breakfast). I think the festival was more crowded than last year – it was crazy. It was painful. It was just too much. I found myself just skipping booths if they were too busy – I was just tired of fighting my way in and out and around. So we actually didn’t stay too long – we were back on the road home by 2:00.
This year we saw a lot of animals (usually I just skip that part). These two were too funny – all shorn except their heads and legs…
And these were angora goats….they were for sale, and I really wanted to bring one home. The babies were especially cute.
We saw a lot of Angora bunnies too – I was really tempted but I’m not sure I want the responsibility of the bunny right now – although I have to admit – the fur is amazing. I meant to pick some up, but just forgot. We did have a good time but I wasn’t in a frenzy to buy this year. I have so much nice roving and yarn already – there really isn’t much I need. I did buy things – just not a lot.
I almost bought another spinning wheel, though – I saw Vermont Wheels – they are gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. All handcrafted by Patrick Russo and he only makes a few a year. I sat down at one to try it – but I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it was the spinning in public, or the single treadle, or the saxony style – but I ended up looking like I couldn’t even spell spinning, let alone do it. I didn’t buy the wheel since I didn’t intend to buy a second one – but I still feel a little sorry I didn’t. Maybe I’ll see if he goes to Rhinebeck….
OK, so what did I buy? Well, here is the first thing…4.9 pounds of Cormo fleece! It is so soft (although this picture makes me think of lobster meat…I think I’m hungry!). I originally thought of dyeing this, but I think I’m going to spin it up as is and see how it looks. I think it would be sort of cool to make a sweater out of it undyed – something cable-y? Like a Starmore?.
I also bought more roving, but haven’t taken pictures of it yet. I did buy a little yarn too – but I’ll show pictures of that later this week.
We got home around 5:00 and took Dan, his girlfriend Carrie and Cieara out for dinner to celebrate his new job. We went for Mexican and I had a very good margarita!
Today was time for relaxing – I spun outside for a little, knit, napped. I also frogged Cece again – and put the yarn away on a timeout. If its good, I’ll try again.
By the way, since so many of you asked – the tattoo is on my right shoulder….and I’m thinking of getting another one on my arm (I guess I better look at Microsoft’s site – maybe they have new clip art!).