Oh. My. Goodness!
I love sheep. I love wool. I love knitters and the community we share.
I went on Saturday, and got there around 11:30. The line to get into the parking lot was long! (I know some people said it backs up quickly, however I had no idea such a phenomena was happening in MD yearly and I had no clue!) At first I just wandered in a daze. It was packed, and I don’t like crowds, so I didn’t want to push through all of the tents. However, that didn’t last too long.
After that, I walked through some of the booths. The colors!
All that yarn, to smoosh and squish and hug! It may be a good thing I have no nearby-LYS. I would by so much more yarn.
This is what I got.
First, I saw STR, which I had to check out, since I have heard so much about it and have not seen it in person. I got Footsey-Foo.
It is soft, and they had very pretty colors. Right next to it was some Gypsy Girl yarn.
This color is called Cattails, which called to me. (She has some great colors, hard to choose.)
Then I wandered around, and thought better about buying a spindle, and found more yarn.
This is from Barefoot Spinner, some lovely sock yarn.
Then, I walked into and out of Tess’ tent several times. There was an Angora/Merino yarn that I brushed against that was luscious. I picked up several of her yarns, squooshing the yarn. I almost got this green/black colored sock yarn, however I did manage to put that down. However, I did get these
The first is lace weight lightly variegated yarn. I love it! I am now trying to find a pattern that would use it. The second is a very slightly variegated silver SILK yarn! SILK! My first silk ever! The color plus the feel was too much for me. I was overwhelmed.
Now I am looking for some patterns for the silk. I’m not sure what to do. I want a pattern that would use as much of the yarn as possible. It is 660 yards of sport weight. I was thinking it would make an awesome shawl, however is there something else that would be just as good? Weigh in if you have any thoughts.
I met up with some of the knit-bloggers who were there, but they were not ones I already read! Mel, Gryphon, Theresa, Mary, Susan, Coleen, Diane, ChaCha, and blogless Larissa. I didn’t get any pictures of anyone, however you can see some on their blogs. Mel and her husband were talking about how knit-bloggers have such a great community where everyone is helpful and supportive, and how that doesn’t happen everywhere in cyberspace. It is great to have fans!
I did walk through the exhibit hall, and there were some very nice woolen goods, however the best, most awesome use of wool was this…
They felted a statue of a bobcat getting ready to pounce on a chipmunk. How awesome is that?!
I also saw fibery animals! Here are some parting shots to share.
I can’t wait until next year.
9 thoughts on “First Ever MD Sheep and Wool”
If you said you DIDN’T love wool, I’d be worried. I’m so jealous, that STR colorway is gorgeous and you are so lucky to live in a place with such great festivals. None to be found here in Arkansas! 🙂
Oh, man! I wish I oculd have made it out to that! I’m waiting for Rhinebeck in early October so I can get more of the STR. Here, there was just insanity in getting it! I’m glad you had such a good time!
WOW! you got some good stuff!!!!!! Glad you had a good time!
Ohhhh!! The yarn looks great!
My vote is for a silk shawl but I may not be the best person to talk to since I knit three shawls in two months.
It was so great to meet you Stephanie – I wish we’d been able to hang out and chat longer!
Look at that amazing swag you picked up 🙂 That cattails colorway is just gorgeous – and that silk – mmmm! What fun!
I totally missed the bobcat statue – I’m so glad you posted that picture!!
Glad you had fun at MDSW! It’s a blast, isn’t it! Tess’ booth was sooooo tempting, I only bought 2 skeins of sock yarn, but could have bought so much more if the budget had allowed!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your compliments on my Swallowtail – I do love it, even if it was a pain at times!
It was great meeting you on Saturday and chatting. Great fiber purchases. I actually bought the same Gypsy Girl yarn. Isn’t it beautiful?
Last year at Stitches East, I spent a LONG time in the Tess booth and came away w/ some silk. I haven’t used it yet though; I think it would be a lovely shawl. I just like petting it. So soft.
Really lovely meeting you. I got some of that Barefoot Spinner sock yarn (the very last skein) and am knitting away at it already. Great stuff. But I carefully avoided that Tess booth, lest I begin to hemmorhage cash.
Beautiful yarn selections!
Re: your GORGEOUS SILK – Have you seen the pattern Sahara?
You could make the sleeveless or short sleeve version (and pick up a second yarn for the trim if needed).