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Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I survived Maryland Sheep and Wool
and I so want to go back next year.

As a first time festival-goer, I managed to get a really cool behind the scenes look. I went down on Friday with Uncommon Threads and helped them to set up. It was hot, heavy work but the store away from the store looked great when we were finished. I never really thought about how much work goes into setting up a stand at events like this. The really nice stands put hours of work into getting the booth looking eye catching and tempting.

I also took a walk around the festival on Friday before dinner. It helped keep me from getting visual overload on Saturday. It was also nice to meet the sheep and goats before they got stressed out by the crowds on Saturday. I really want a sheep now, but alas, the township still won't let me get one.

Saturday was a blast. I was blown away by the shear number of people who love all things woolly and fibery. The yarns were beautiful. I spent quite a bit of time checking out the fleeces. I didn't buy one, but it was cool feeling the wool off of different sheep. There is such a texture variety, not to mention color range.

I don't know the breed on this sheep, I forgot to write it down, but he is my favorite hairdo of the weekend. I love the dreadlocks.

I returned home Saturday evening very tired and look what greeted me....Princess had her Spring Fling at school and Daddy took her. She had her hair sprayed pink, a flower painted on her face, and was dressed for summer. By the sounds of it, we both had a wonderful weekend.

I did manage a little shopping at MSWF. I brought home 4 Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato plants (the family's fave tomato), a Thai basil plant, and a Woad plant (it was a gift for hubby). I bought the coolest licence plate for my car from an artist names Connie Togel and a glow in the dark sheep toy for Princess. Then there was the yarny goodness. I did a bit of a sock tour at Sheep and Wool. I bought sock yarns I've heard about but can't get at the local yarn store. I bought 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces in the Sweetie colorway (OK, this was a purchase from Uncommon Threads), a superwash merino in purples and greens from Pucker Brush Farm, a purple sock yarn with no tag, a skein of Aussie Sock in the Plum Rosie colorway, a skein of Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in the Ocean Waves colorway, a skein of Fleece Artist Merino in a blue, orange and yellow colorway, 2 Tilli Thomas sock kits (one pinks, one blues), and two skeins of the coveted Socks that Rock yarn. Oh, and I forgot, a skein of Noro sock yarn. It was like learn geography through sock yarn when I got home, I really did do a world tour.

I can't wait until next year.

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