I spent Saturday at the 2013 Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival with two women I met at my every other Thursday night Stitch and Bitch. It was a spectacular day and I was being so good, sticking to my self-imposed yarn diet… right up to the very last section when I fell off the wagon with a vengeance and bought enough yarn for three new projects.
In addition to a whole lot of fleece and yarn and assorted knitting and spinning and jewelry and goat cheese and lamb burger vendors (yes, a whole lotta lamb was eaten – but NOT BY ME!), there were sheering competitions and sheep dog herding exhibitions and live music and spinning demonstrations.
This fellow was totally rocking the dreadlocks.
The dogs took their jobs very seriously. The sheep were not enthusiastic. I think they much preferred resting pre-competition.
I completely forgot to take photos of the crowds and the vendor barns and tents and all the wonderful yarn. It was so overwhelming and exciting that I barely remembered I had a camera. I haven’t been out to a festival in so long I also completely forgot that that bright yellow ball of fire in the sky can burn the crap out of your forehead if you forget to wear the hat you brought specifically to protect said forehead.
And here are some photos of my yarn booty! There were so many fabulous yarn dyers there. I couldn’t leave without anything, but I really wanted to try to keep my spending down what with the job situation and the move to Tucson later this year. But there were three specific yarns that just would not let me walk away. The first, above, well what can I say – purples and blues with a sprinkling of green – my favorites all in one soft silky bundle of joy.
This beautiful fingering skein reminded me so much of my Merlin under bright sunlight – how could I resist. You can’t see it very well in my photos (although I did take them outside to try to get the sun on them) but the stellina in this yarn gives it a gorgeous subtle sparkle.
And this gorgeous lace weight actually has shades of yellow as well as the green that is my Bandit. I am thinking I might find some black lace and turn this into a shawl that mimics my gorgeous conure.
I’m so happy I went despite blowing my yarn diet. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many yarn and fleece enthusiasts. Everyone was wearing their knit and crocheted garments, and the attitude of the crowd was so friendly and happy and thrilled to be there – people were talking to strangers like they were best friends as everyone fondled the yarn and squeezed the fleece and oohed and ahhed over all the colors. And while there were a lot of men there, the women outnumbered the men by a huge margin and that was totally awesome to see. All in all, it was a fantastic Saturday.