Monday, May 05, 2008

Maryland Sheep and Wool 2008!

This is going to be a lengthy, photo-heavy post; consider yourselves warned.

Mt Rushmore

J and I had a very nice trip to South Dakota, where we saw Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse and more kitschy tourist shops than I ever knew existed, and got massages, and went home not wanting to kill each other. We had a great time, and I'm already planning to go see him at the end of the month. :)


This past weekend was MDS&W, which is always crazy and fun. I even worked my way up to it by doing a bit of pre-shopping the weekend before, and got 2 skeins of "Tabali" from Esther Bitran Hand Dyes:

tabali 001

tabali 002

It's cotton and viscose, and has a really neat look to it from the different weights of the singles that were plied.

Friday night, I hung out at Erin's pre-MDSW party at the C*EYE*Ber Fiber studio, along with a few of our usual Knit Night crew, Sarah, Stacey, Gin, Michelle from The Sweet Sheep, Dawn from Knitting Gnome, and tons more I'm forgetting because I didn't take a single picture. *facepalm* Erin has such a great space there, and we were even able to spread out into the room next door.

Parking @ 9 am

Saturday was S&W day. Since Jolene just signed the paperwork to buy Cloverhill (YAY!), a lot of our group were helping out at the booth. Coleen had the afternoon shift, so we wandered around together for the morning. I got to ooh and ahh over the pieces that she and Jody had entered for competition.

Coleen's Bird in Hand mittens

Coleen's felted squirrel

Jody's shawl

And of course, there was some looking at fearsome beasties...

And just a smidge of shopping...
Cloverhill booth

That's the Cloverhill booth. Jolene and Jody and Sarah and Coleen (and many others, I'm sure) did an amazing job putting together the displays and running things smoothly. The booth was full of people every time I saw it... Can't go wrong with a booth full of gorgeous yarn and fiber from indie dyers and spinners! I was thrilled to see them doing so well - yay for my gals!

This is long enough already, so the loot gets its own post later. :)


Jolene said...

It was so nice to see you! I have missed you.

Lolly said...

I totally missed seeing you there! too bad! I did meet one of your co-workers from the library though - she was so sweet! it would be great to see you soon! (and I wanna hear more about your trip!)

bySarah said...

So fun to see you Jen. Wish we could have hung out more. Awesome pic of mt rushmore!!

Cant wait to see your loot, and maybe hear some more about this man of yours!!

Javajem said...

Awesome pics! It was great to see you if only for a little while - it was crazy busy!! I'm still not fully recovered!