Wow - so I promised an update a while back and never got back here to do it. But, here I am finally.
It's been a busy few weeks. Where to start?
I guess I'll start with Maryland Sheep and Wool. WOW! That's all I can say. It was my first fiber festival and boy was it overwhelming and wonderful at the same time. Kristin was in DC for a conference the next week, so we met up at Dad's and spent the weekend. It was a great time - good food and good fun. We've been talking about going to MSW for the past few years and just haven't made it. But it was a great day. We started off with breakfast at Open City. It was a beautiful morning and we sat outside on the terrace. It was so great!!
After breakfast we headed up to MSW - Kristin, H and I. We arrived around noon and despite our hunger, we decided to take a look around at first, 'cause the food lines were long. We went through some of the sheep barns and then headed over to the stage area for the knit bloggers meet-up.
Unfortunately I didn't get very many pictures, but it was fun to meet some of the bloggers whose sites I read, and to meet some new friends - Lolly, Amanda Cathleen, Zarah, Suzanne, and some other bloggers whose names I didn't get. It was so much fun!!
After the meet-up, we headed over to get something to eat and then it was off to the main hall. Now this is where it got even more overwhelming. It was crowded and very difficult to maneuver with the stroller, but somehow we managed.
We didn't really have a plan, so we just wandered around at some vendors. Somehow, Kristin and I managed to buy all of the same things, just in different colors.
Our first purchase was some lace weight merino & silk called "Zephyr" from A Touch of Twist - Kristin's a beautiful wine color, mine a deep teal. We wandered for a long time after that just looking around. Neither of us were looking for anything in particular. We have both been thinking about spinning and had checked out some of the beautiful spindles that we saw as we were walking. But lucky us, we happened upon the Interweave booth where we met Amy Clarke Moore, the editor of Spin-Off magazine. She was teaching people to spin on these cool, free CD spindles. So, she set us up with a spindle and some sample roving. I can't say that I'm doing very well with it, but I'm trying. I spun up all of the sample that came with it. I'm having trouble keeping the spindle spinning and getting the yarn even, but practice will help.
So after we got set up with the spindles, we went in search of some roving to take home with us. We ended up buying some beautiful fiber from Stony Mountain Fibers - a merino tencel blend that is so soft and luscious. But, I'm going to save this for when I have a better handle on the process. To practice, we bought some natural roving that was pretty inexpensive. It has piqued my interest in spinning, though, and now I want a wheel. But, that will have to wait. I don't have time for that.
We had a great time. I saw so many things that I would have loved to buy - new crafts to explore like weaving and rug hooking, in addition to spinning. And next time I head to MSW, I will have to have a list of things to look for.
As for knitting, I'm still working along on H's sweater.
Here is a detail of the fair isle pattern. I'm almost finished with the body and then it will be just the sleeves. My jaywalker is coming along too. I hope to turn the heel this wekeend.
Well, this is getting long. More frequent updates soon, I hope.