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Fiber Daze

May 3, 2004
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We’ve worn ourselves out again at America’s largest sheepy festival, and a good time was had by all. I tried to write this posting last night, but I was half done when a humongous thunderstorm swept through, the lights went out, and they just now came back on. So, I hope it’s better late than never.

For us the event began Friday when we fetched Sam and Angela from the airport. Sam and Emily became instant buddies.

The traffic trying to get onto the fairgrounds Saturday morning was many times worse than I remember it being – I guess a tribute to the unexpectedly fair and hot weather. We waited in such long lines that we barely made it on time to the FT and Friends meeting place at the Barefoot Spinner’s booth. So much meeting and greeting of old friends was going on that the camera didn’t even come out at that point. The wallet did, as you’ll see…

It was a thrill to see that one of our own knitters won some blue ribbons in the garment competitions. This is Tina-from-Houston’s rendition of Morning Glory, by That Scottish Designer:

Her Inishmore also was prominently displayed and sporting a ribbon.

We all marvelled at the oddities in the judges’ comments – despite their really GREAT taste in knitted garments (heehee), they seemed to be rewarding entrants partly on the spiffiness of the designs, and not recognizing that they were from published patterns. Comments like “it’s especially nice how the ribbing flows into the cables” provoked great laughter from us.

Like all of us I came home with beautiful things, mostly what I had gone looking for.

On the upper left, just about 820 yards of navy blue laceweight 100% cashmere from Hunt Valley Cashmere, to make some triangular shawl to be named later. I lingered over the same forest green that Laura bought, but decided I’d be more likely to use the navy.

On the upper right, 8 ounces of silk and merino top in a blend of teal and emerald shot through with white. The vendor of this was Pleasant Home Woolen Company.

On the lower left, a pound of Cormo pencil roving purchased at the American Cormo Association booth, I believe it was from Running Wild Yarns. A test of this stuff on a spindle showed that it will be a delightful spin in a very fine weight – the fibers have a slightly spongy grippy-ness that makes them hang together nicely, and they are very soft.

In the center, a Tsunami spindle from Golding, in the smallest size, for spinning laceweight. This photo just doesn’t do it justice, I’m sure the photos on Golding’s site will show how beautiful it is with the metal ring around the openwork whorl.

On the bottom right, a pound of wool/alpaca roving from the Barefoot Spinner. This photo is too dark – it’s a blend of silver and varying shades of lavender and light purple.

Angela and Sam shopped on about the same scale, including Angela’s surprise purchase of a bag of Corriedale prepared fleece. We stuffed ourselves, and Emily, back into the car and came home to get ready for Round Two: The Soiree.

It started off small and quiet on the sunporch, with Sam spinning black merino on my Kromski Symphony, Tina looking on anxiously in anticipation of a spinning lesson, Angela working away on her Peacock Feathers shawl, and Laura (represented by some toes here) saving herself for later.

Later on, food arrived, followed closely by more guests, and we fit ourselves around the dining room table.

Sheila spindled some creamy wool and silk, observed closely by Georgia (Tina’s mom) and Laura.

Angela, Sam, Marcia, and Tina contemplated second helpings.

Later, more guests arrived and we assembled in the living room. This picture is a little dim but the company certainly wasn’t! You can make out Sam, Georgia, Morgen, Liz, Marcia, Elka, Sheila, and Laura.

Vanessa unfortunately could not make the party, having either gotten too hot during the day or eaten something questionable. We were very sorry she missed all the showing off of the Legends of the Shetland Seas bounty. Here are Sam’s and mine getting acquainted.

And here is the promised lots and lots of LOTSS chorus line. Sam’s was done in the ‘seaglass’ color and Laura’s was done in the ‘wild thing’ color, both from Lisa Souza’s line of laceweight wool yarn. Mine was white Skacel Merino Lace.

Sunday was spent recuperating and making an airport run. The weather that swept through last night dropped the temperature down below 50 for today and brought chilly drizzle, so we were very fortunate in the weekend’s weather.

Last but not least, my hat boxes. Angela started this trend last summer, and Sam had a tidy hatbox with her this weekend for her fiber carryon – Emmy and I went to Target Sunday to buy Dora the Explorer bubblebath, and lo and behold there was a Linens N Things next door, so these came home with me:

Now if only we all had nothing else to do but sit home and play with our new toys….

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4 Comments
  1. Linette permalink
    May 3, 2004 11:32 am

    Wow! Great pictures! So nice to put together some names and faces.

  2. May 3, 2004 12:35 pm

    My thoughts exactly, very cool to now be able to imagine you all, (each lovelier than I imagined) typing and knitting…my festival envy just reached new levels.

  3. LisaK permalink
    May 3, 2004 3:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I almost feel like I was there.

  4. May 4, 2004 6:05 pm

    Oooooh — such yummy stuff and such fun folks! I wish I could have made it to MS$W this year, but next year for sure!

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