What do you say about a thing so wonderful? It seems like we wait all year for this and in the blink of an eye, it’s over. I was quite sad leaving the grounds yesterday, but I have a lot of great memories and fiber to keep my consoled until next time.
Unfortunately it seems that I had a serious dose of camnesia during the majority of the festival so there aren’t many pics “during” but I definitely have several “after”. Kristy and I arrived just after 8am and went right in to find this glorious sight:
Pristine wall ‘o STR. It didn’t stay that way for long. Trust me. Neither of us made a purchase there deciding that we had plenty sitting on the shelf at home. We then went over to the Little Barn booth and a Rhinebeck miracle happened. Remember the fiber that I was spinning and wanted to make a sweater out of? Remember how I ran out?
THEY HAD IT!!!
Much bouncing up and down and squeeing was the result. They were ready to take my money early so I once again was going back to the car before 9am. I guess I’m just a power shopper. Besides the Toney Road fiber I bought mostly undyed stuff. That should keep me busy for a while.
After that we ended up meeting up with Ann and our trio did our leisurely turns through each barn while Kristy checked things off on her list and made notes for later. There were several purchases along the way of course. Before we knew it, we needed some nourishment and ended up having lunch with Jody and her friends. Then it was time for the blogger meet-up where I did manage a couple of pictures.
I got to meet Debby and her
photographer husband which was very nice.
I caught up with Julie again. She was easy to find with the Steeler’s hat.
And I just had to get a picture with Jess who presented me with the most beautiful pair of hand cranked socks (I won them in a blog contest she had. Yes, again. I am banned from contests on her blog for a while. )! They couldn’t be a more perfect color and look:
They fit like a dream! You should really check out the picot edge too. I will be treasuring these for some time to come. And she even included this:
Too cute! Thanks again Jess!!
After the meet up I got to spend some time with my Mom while more wandering and more purchases were accomplished. Eventually Mom went home and Kristy and I made our way out of the festival for dinner and then headed over to Morehouse. I was shocked and saddened to learn that they will no longer be maintaining the brick and mortar store in the near future. Apparently the online business has made it too much for the staff to handle. That news sorely tempted me into snatching up some yarn, but I let Kristy do it instead.
We then made our way over to the Ravelry party (thank goodness I had enough brains to bring the GPS. I never would have found it otherwise) which was a ton of fun even if it was a bit crowded. While I was skeptical in the beginning, I’m very appreciative of what is going on with this amazing resource and what it has done for the fiber community. I was even gifted with this:
A beautiful wool/mohair/angora roving from PoMo Golightly. She sadly found out she was allergic to the angora the hard way and decided to just give it all away. Ann remembered I was a spinner and I became the lucky recipient! Thank you again!! At the end of the party we went out on the patio to cool down and did a little more knitting and talking fiber with Tina and her lovely
sherpa husband before heading home. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
On Sunday I sadly said goodbye to Kristy, dropped her off at the train station and headed back over to the festival. I met up with Risa fairly early on and spent most of the day making sure that she didn’t loose her Crazy Fiber Lady reputation. I mean, she only had one skein of lace weight when I first saw her. Totally unacceptable!! I briefly ran into Eklectica and Tina as well as Brooke and several others (sorry if I’m forgetting you!) who I had not had much chance to talk to or had missed during the first day and yet there are still people I didn’t get to see or meet! If it weren’t for the fact that I was nearly crippled from all the walking or standing, I would really wish there were a couple more days for this festival.
Monday I was lucky enough to be able to take the day off work, so my Mom drove me back to NJ and we had lunch outside with a certain new family member:
ETA: That’s Sandy, my Mom’s Brussels Griffon.
Who also got to meet her “niece”.
Believe it or not, it was a very quiet and polite meeting (although the picture doesn’t quite capture it that way). I’m still shocked about that.
Re-entry will not be an easy task today, but I definitely have a wonderful weekend to look back on.
So what else did I buy you ask? From Cloverleaf Farm:
Merino/Silk (on the left in the reds and pinks) and BFL.
Ingeo (a corn fiber) to spin up into something nice for my Mom.
Some bamboo, also intended to be used for my Mom. The color is much more brown and coppery than I could capture here.
I did buy one skein of yarn, but it is a gift for a friend, so I’m not going to post it here.
Two grafton batts from Seaport Yarns. I snatched these up early and hope they’ll become enough for a nice shawl.
I ended the festival purchases with this pumpkin colored merino for the boy I left at home.
Risa and I ended the day on Sunday with smoothies that I just had to snap a pic of:
All drinks are better when they come with umbrellas.
Oh yeah. And one other thing followed me home: