MDSW Festival

I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday.  A local yarn store chartered a bus so I didn’t have to drive the two and a half hours.  We had to meet the bus at 6:00 am but it was worth it.  This was my first time attending the festival but not the last for me.

Fortunately, the weather cooperated.  It was partly cloudy/partly sunny, and rain showers were in the forecast but we only got a short five-minute shower around 3:30 in the afternoon.

I didn’t take many photos as I was in a yarn-induced trance.

I loved the colors of yarn used in this Eye of the Partridge sweater.

These yarns kept calling me and after visiting the Brooks Farm Yarn booth four times, I caved and bought some that you will see later.

The sheepdogs did an awesome job of taking these five sheep around the pen, through various obstacles, into a smaller pen and away from the food dish while the food was dumped into the dish.

I wish I would have taken the time to check out the sheep-to-shawl demonstration/competition where up to five team members – one shearer, three spinners, and one weaver – compete to shear a sheep, spin the fleece and weave it into a shawl, all in a couple of hours. After washing and final judging, there was an auction of completed shawls.  I know that the wool comes from sheep (or alpaca or bison or yaks) then some magic happens and it’s yarn but to see the process would be inspiring.

The various breeds of sheep would have been interesting to see but I didn’t go into the barns.

What I bought:

Dragonfly Pixie yarn in the Starry Night colorway.  Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings.  The blues, greens, and yellows capture the feeling of the painting. I only bought one skein of this and went back to buy another one (or two) but it was sold out.  Not sure what this will become.  I might just frame it.

Fleece Artist National Parks Collection fingering weight yarn in Gros Morne colorway so full of soft, muted, mossy greens that I couldn’t resist it.  From the label: “In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday we have curated a collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory.”   The other yarns in this collection were beautiful as well but the Gros Morne has a special meaning for me.  Mr. Aitch and I traveled with three other couples (all on Harley motorcycles) to Newfoundland in 2006  and toured the province and Gros Morne Park.  My plan is a shawl with a lacy leaf motif.

Brooks Farm Yarn from Lancaster, Texas was the booth that I visited four times.  The yarns were displayed so one could see all the various shades in each color.  I had my eye on some of the blue-green colors but decided to go with a different combination of lime, avocado, and lavender with the lavender and blue as an accent.  This DK weight is destined for a top-down seamless sweater.  Maybe.

 

Last but not least is the bonus skein of yarn from the yarn shop that organized the trip: Frostburg Fiber Depot.  Everyone on the bus received a goodie bag.  Mine contained this beautiful 310-yard Malabrigo Rastita in #49 Jupiter.  The various reds are gorgeous.  Now, what can I do with this one?

Have you gone to this festival before?  Do you plan to go in the future?

 

Button dilemma

I need help with the buttons for this sweater.  All of these buttons are in my huge button stash thanks to iPad aunt.  I don’t really want to buy any but I’m not sure which (if any of these) would look the best.  And I want to wear this sweater on Sunday…

First group:

Second group:

Third group:

 

And the last one:

This last picture is the best one for the yarn colors.  I like the mustard ones but they might be too big.  The rhinestones look great though they might be too small.  I’m leaning towards the last ones.

The kindness of friends

I finished the Kindness shawl for my BFF and she should have it in her possession by now.

Before blocking…

During blocking…

Only three yards of yarn left after an extra repeat of the Horseshoe lace…

Final views…

Details on my Ravelry page.

Ready

Mr. Aitch and I cleared most of the leaves out from the front flower beds on Saturday. 

If you look closely, you can see the silvery icicle garland strung across the railings to keep the birds from roosting and pooping there.

After looking at the pictures, it doesn’t seem like we did such a great job getting all those leaves out!

Those round “grates” above should keep my Balloon flowers from falling over.  I have a third plant farther back that hasn’t started to emerge yet so I’ll need to buy another one of those supports.  I should have taken some “before” pictures but when I thought about it, it was too late to get my camera.

I need to put some layers of newspaper down on the bare ground to keep the weeds from getting a stronghold before the tomato plants go in.  Yes, we plant vegetables in our front flower beds.  It gets the best sun plus that area has the best soil since it’s a raised bed.  Our property is mostly shale.  We had to truck in topsoil just to get the grass to grow. 

Oops!  We forgot to do this side of the house.  Maybe we’ll tackle that project today.

Yay! My lilac is starting to bloom!