Monday, May 25, 2015

not much knitting

that i can show! i'm slogging along on the pillow project.... and it's a really good thing i got an extra month. we decided to post-pone the return for the exchange until june because there were several conflicts with the may guild meeting. what you may ask? this was one.....
amythefibergoddess was at the Brockport graduation and i was at the FLCC event. i took an easy knitting project and got a few rows done. wrapping up all those end of semester projects, planning a party, getting everything ready, just ate up all my fiber time. i'm itching to play with my new stuff from maryland, but i must. knit. pillow. i have absolutely no idea why this is dragging for me. i'm about halfway done. really.
i've been busy with other fiber things. kathy and i visited the hemlock fairgrounds to check out the new building...
it is massive! we needed to see it all in person to have a better perspective on the the placement of our vendors, demonstrators and guests. we can only hope for a day like this one for the festival!
i also committed to doing the 'color run'. it's billed as a fun 5k (which was hard to contemplate). i've been training since april to be ready to go.
as we were pre-registering the thermometer said 52, and it felt like 32! i said that jokingly to amy, not really thinking that it would be that cold the next day. it was.
i had so many layers on i didn't think i could move, let alone run. the sun was wonderful, the gals were full of energy and we got pumped! i took one layer off.
yes, that's amythefibergoddess, marvelous marcia and the gals. we had a blast!

best time ever! it's on my list of do-overs.

and i'm still knitting the pillow.....

Monday, May 4, 2015

MWSF ~ weekend wrapup

the whole group of fiber gals made the trek to maryland for the sheep and wool fest!  last year, amythefibergoddess had family commitments that kept her home so it was just like 'normal' to be all back together again. the weather was stellar! clear skies, warm breezes and after the winter we endured..... heaven.
i brought my wheel to ply project yarn that we are creating together for this year's pillow exchange. amy did a single, i did a single and voila... together they are lovely. it was her first time playing with the hansen, and you can guess who we visited the next day.
so we started early and i had everyone in the car on the rode in great time. until we were about a mile from the fairgrounds and the traffic stopped. we inched along and arrived a bit later than we planned.
my selfie skills are hampered by my short arms, but hey... what a group! you can feel the energy starting as soon as you open the car door. we decided to make our way to the largest building because it gets crazy crowded. we were distracted on our mission by this rascal....
i'm guessing there was trouble from that treat!
several new vendors make it hard to stay the course. i really appreciate seeing new folks, new ideas and products. this gal had stunning, vibrant colors in all her yarns and roving.

i fell for another basket. this may become my summer purse or wheel basket, not sure which but i had to have it. in the bag is the beginning of my pilgrimage to feederbrook farm. it started with 4 ounces of bfl roving in a random mix of subtle, lovely colors and 4 ounces with sparkle. i went back later and got another 8 ounces of plain. briar rose was there. at rhinebeck i never can get into her booth and really explore. i had the same problem here when i fell in love with the sample scarf. i was blind to anything else. i of course there was a skein that whispered my name and i was on my way before i realized that i still didn't explore her stuff. rhinebeck, for sure.
one of the best parts of the trip is converging in the lobby to chat, drink wine and catch up. there was quite a group of us and though we see each other at meetings, there never seems to be enough time to talk. this weekend is all about that.
sunday the traffic was way better and i got myself to feederbrook farm to get another 4 ounces of roving. i'm regretting just a tad that i didn't get more... so i'll have to make the most of those 16 oz.
this year i felt that i saw every booth, touched lots of sheep and sucked every moment of fun that there was.
i'm all ready for next year!