Monday, May 7, 2012

Catching Up

Another lapse in time.... lots of big events. High time for me to catch up!

Starting most recently, this past weekend was the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, held annually on the first weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds outside of Baltimore. This is the first time I have been to this kind of fiber fest, but it won't be the last! 

Conveniently, my sister lives only 2 exits down the interstate, so I made this a dual purpose trip. She and her preschool daughters joined me on Saturday and we oooooed and ahhhhhed over all the sheep and alpacas and laughed at their funny haircuts. 

This guy reminds me of the old dog food commercial: "Tastes great! What's it look like?"

It was so much fun for me to finally meet people that I have conversed and worked with electronically and put faces with names and emails!!

I spent most of the afternoon with Brandy, co-editor of Petite Purls, and someone I have talked with numerous times as the tech editor for the e-mag, but had never actually met in person. I was also happy to meet Marie Grace, another indy designer that I had previously only 'met' via email. She had some of her kids with her, and it was so fun to see the little faces that I had seen on her blog.  I feel like I have watched them grow in pictures over the last few years.

So, aside from sheep and shearing and shepherding, fiber festivals are really all about shop until you drop yarn shopping. I traveled lightly this trip, leaving enough room in my suitcase for 'souvenirs'. 

My weekend haul: The black and purple single hanks on the left are a superwash worsted merino dyed by Creatively Dyed Yarns that are destined to become a hat (or maybe 2). I chose these colors because they are my son's school colors and I have something funky and fun planned for him.  I hope he cooperates (he doesn't know yet).  The giant variegated hanks are also superwash worsted, and they are hand-painted Yowza Whatta Skein! by Miss Babs in the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway. I found the fuschia buttons at the Bergschultz Buttons booth to go with the Miss Babs, and then I added some new needles to try. I am intrigued by the cable on the Chiaogoo needles. 

First time out of the package and it had no tendency to curl up. I think I am going to like them! 

I chose the Miss Babs because I had previously worked a project in a very similar colorway that I had really liked. 

The small cake is leftover Ella Rae Merino Lace and the colors are very similar to the Deep Sea Jellyfish, don'tcha think?! Ideas for the Miss Babs are spinning around in my head. I can't wait to get started, but I have to finish up some other projects first.

I collected lots of business cards for other yarn and accessories that I would love to have.

Going further back in time only 2 more weeks will explain much of my absence.  

April 21st in St Louis was a beautiful day for a wedding.

My daughter.
My nieces, the 'wedding girls'.

The nuptials.

My younger daughter, the Maid of Honor.
My new son-in-law, going for the garter!
I can only hope that everyone's wedding experiences with their children are as joyous as ours! We are totally blessed to have a wonderful new son-in-law.

Back to reality, I'm home for a few weeks. Next trip will be to TNNA, and that promises to be exciting - looking forward to meeting more cyber friends in person.

I am working on building an SSKnits facebook page, so be looking for that.  In the meantime, keep your needles clicking. I have many patterns to tech edit, so my actual knitting time is limited, but I am always 3 or 4 projects ahead in my mind.

Happy Spring!  ~~J


Wool Winder said...

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Miss Julep said...

Awww, what beautiful photos!! Best wishes to your newly extended family!