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One Crazy Fiber Lady

Wooly Weekend

October 20th, 2008 · 18 Comments

I hope no one was counting on seeing pretty fall pictures, or shots of whacks of knitters/spinners or even sheep.¬† I had serious a serious case of camnesia even though I made sure to charge the battery Friday night.¬† Oh well.¬† Nothing new from me.¬† I’m trying to remember the last time I actually did take good festival pictures.

Anyway, for the first time in a long while, I actually stayed over for the festival.  When posing the age old question of Saturday vs. Sunday to my father, he suggested both.  Sold.  I drove up early Saturday morning, leaving my house at 8:00 and entered the promised land at 9:30 where I promptly met up with my weekend buddy, JessaLu. 

Saturday was very crowded.¬† Even early in the day.¬† So much so that I don’t think i will be going back next year on Saturday.¬† It is now too crowded.¬† Maryland crowded :(¬†¬† I didn’t do much shopping, but mostly socializing, reveling in the chance to see festival friends (Carole, Margene, Kim, Laurie, Cheryl, Kathy, Marcia, Marcy), local friends (Ina, Kim, Deb, Nancy, Chris, Jessica) and meet new friends (Lynne, Scout, etc.) – wow all that linky love was exhausting!¬† I apologize if I did not include you, the weekend is always such a whorlwind that involves blogging buds, festival buds, knitting buds and spinning guild buds all mixed together with the sites and sounds of the festival.

The weekend included sitting in the lobby of the hotel watching the Red Sox with fellow festival goers. 

While there are no pictures of the festival itself (and while I was tempted to take a shot of the folks in the lobby knitting to the game – I spun, my camera never came out), I do have photographic evidence of my much restrained weekend purchases.¬† Also note that I came home with one LESS spinning wheel then I went with 🙂

  • From left to right, even worsted weight yarn from Wild Apple Hill Wool in a charcoal color to make another sweater from A Fine Fleece.¬†
  • The white stuff is 1.5lbs of SW Merino/Bamboo from Sheep Shed.¬†
  • In front of that is a small supported spindle and bowl (which are barely visible).¬† Two braids of BFL from Susan’s Fiber Shop.
  • Next up is some interesting fiber that is set up to stripe.¬† It is a 4 color progression with each color being 1oz.¬† I bought 8 oz of it.¬† Not entirely sure how I”m going to spin it, but I’ll figure it out.
  • In front of that is a skein of laceweight and a skein of sock weight (both in the grey) from Tongue River.
  • The white mass is just about 2.5lbs of a border leceister roving to spin enough to make another sweater from A Fine Fleece.
  • Lastly, I picked up two Grafton batts.
  • Not shown were two little furry sleeping kittens in basket beds for the twins.

All in all, a rather restrained weekend for me.¬† I could have gotten more but I’ve become a touch more descriminating at festivals now.¬† I look at all items as to what I’m going to do with it rather than how darn pretty it is.¬†

Craft on!

Tags: Stash Enhancement

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kathy // Oct 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Wonderful to see you, as always! And I didn’t get to see the new Joy! I was upstairs obsessively learning the Magic Loop.

  • 2 Marcia // Oct 20, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Great to see you….nice haul! I’m with you on Saturday, although those Friday classes are really fun and you get a free 2-day pass, too!

  • 3 Harriet // Oct 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    See, I keep telling people that people in wheelchairs are invisible. No linky love for me. 🙁

    Truly, though, it was great to see you, and great to get a hug. I’ll have a blog post up about it soon.

  • 4 Sarah // Oct 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    It was great to meet you, albeit briefly. 🙂

  • 5 Tina M. // Oct 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    It was great to see you, and thanks for cheering me on at the competition. 🙂 You’ve got a very nice haul there, I look forward to seeing what they all grow up to be someday!

  • 6 Carole // Oct 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Lots of fun, I agree!

  • 7 Chris // Oct 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Yeah, restraint. In spite of one of my purchases, I too was restrained – unless you want to count the 20 pound bump of merino I sorta ordered. Heh. Good to spend a few minutes with you over the weekend!

  • 8 --Deb // Oct 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    It was ridiculously crowded–obviously I’m going to have to leave the house at 5:00 next year to get a decent parking spot! It was good seeing you, too, though it seems a little silly that we have to go so far to see each other!

  • 9 Carrie // Oct 20, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Risa…great to see you yesterday with Jess. My husband is now TOTALLY into the whole spinning wheel thing. You and Jess gave him a lot of the information he wanted. I’m convinced he’s going to become the spinner in the family! Next year I’m definitely going with a girlfriend and staying for both days!

  • 10 Kim // Oct 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hey grrl, it was great seeing you again!!

  • 11 Kris // Oct 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Rats, I somehow missed you both days, even in your bright fall-y sweater. Your purchases are lovely!

  • 12 Daniele // Oct 21, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Lots of fibery goodness!

    Did I read it right, that you got two kittens for the kids? Awh!! 🙂

  • 13 Jessica // Oct 21, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Nice haul!

  • 14 Kim // Oct 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    It was tons of fun but butt cold and crowded. A very restrained haul of stuff but lovely all the same. After I saw that Wild Apple Hill yarn you bought, I ran over there and bought a sweater’s worth. Classy wool and a bargain too.

  • 15 Ina // Oct 21, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Nice haul! One *less* wheel? *Faints*

  • 16 JessaLu // Oct 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Lots of fun…I think the two of us (and our skillz at enabling) are responsible for Apple Hill getting sold out over the weekend. ;o)

  • 17 lynne s of oz // Oct 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Yay for meeting you and yours! yay for seeing and expereiencing Rhinebeck! yay for stash enhancements! (Yay for being awake!)

  • 18 Laurie // Oct 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Always great to see you, most often too short, this weekend included. Nice stuff you got, even with plans involved. What wheel did you relinquish?