I’m amused by myself and the references to Sheep and Wool being somewhat akin to lions eating an antelope. Maybe that was just me, but that’s a bit what it felt like, maybe. Really lovely, peaceful lions, eating a wonderfully sunny, breezy, fiber-filled and wholesome antelope.
The stalls were half-up and empty of people, but they were beautiful. I spent the day with the Skein and Garment competition and learned more about yarn and spinning yarn than I literally thought there was to know. Insane. And amazing. I got some incredible critiques on my yarn and know what to do next time. My spinning has already improved.
… to a parking lot full already, and made a bee-line for The Fold’s booth, which was full of Socks that Rock, and also full of knitters. Being bound for a 9:00 start time selling t-shirts for the festival, I stood in line with my two happily acquired skeins until about 9:30. No guilt.
I visited my socks.
And bought some yarn.
At lunch I met up with Molly, and we watched the sheep dogs for a bit (but I had to go back and sell more shirts).
There were emus. And alpacas. And llamas.
I saw lots of people I knew, and took pictures of none of them. I saw Jessica, Erin and Michelle of The Sweet Sheep, and Coleen. I also saw my Spanish teacher and her daughter/my friend who is coming with me to Haverford. I saw Lolly at the Ravelry meet up, and I saw Jacey admiring her yarn at the skein and garment (she won first place for her hand spun yarn with eyeballs).
Did I mention I LOVE this festival?
After I got off selling shirts at 6, I went to (got lost en route to) the Ravelry party!
I met the lovely Jess and Casey, and coerced the adorable and fashionable Mary-Heather into a photograph:
(she’s way cuter than I am).
I met Pam (right) and Julsey,
and won some yarn in the raffle(!).
(thank you Webs/Ravelry!)
I didn’t expect to stay until 11PM, but I was having such a good time that I did. It was lovely. Everyone was so fun and interesting and wonderful. Then I went home and crashed.
In order to return on Sunday! I came back with my mom and sister on Sunday for the shopping. We saw a lot more of the barns than I’d seen the day(s) before, so that was good. Also we ate funnel cake. Then I picked up my items in the skein and garment competition, and we came home. I forgot to take pictures all day, but pictures of me shopping really aren’t interesting.
Pictures of what I shopped FOR, however, clearly are.
Five skeins of Brooks Farm Yarn Four Play (wool/silk) for a sweater (pattern as yet unchosen) for me.
Six skeins of O-Wool for the Elinor tunic from this summer’s IK.
Two skeins of Koigu for socks.
Two skeins of superwash merino laceweight from Tess Yarns for a shawl of some sort (I’m loving knitting lace).
Two skeins of Socks that Rock mediumweight in “Sapphire” and “Chapman Springs.”
And finally, parts for my Ashford knockoff spinning wheel.
Now I’m beat. I started a pair of socks with the STR Chapman Springs, but the yarn was too exciting for the pattern. I loved knitting with it, though. Yum.
There are, of course, lots more pictures in the Flickr set, so please click on through to see like 15 more pictures of those alpacas (among other things).
We’ll see about next year. S&W tends to fall right in the time of serious studying for finals in the college world, and I might not make it (sob!).
I loved it.
Oh, also I got a photo with Jess and Casey– my sister pushed me to ask because I was being shy. I’m glad she did!