Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Woolly Mother's Day

I started my Mother's Day with these alpaca brothers...they're two years old. The one in front was just shorn and the one in back was up next...


Jim and Jack slept in late so that I could head out early to the Great Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. It's always the first weekend in May.


You'd be proud. I didn't buy any yarn.

I just drooled over it...


Actually, I haven't used the pink yarn I bought from this same vendor a few years ago so I exercised restraint.

Well...I guess I didn't exercise complete restraint.

I did buy some more curly roving from this old friend from last year. It was only $3.40!


Do you think he can see anything through those dreadlocks?

This was the same guy who gave me Alice's hair last year for my Alice in Wonderland block. He's got the curliest locks at the Festival -- IMHO.

The weather was perfect.


And the animals were putting their best fleece forward...


Or their best face...


In addition to the cool sheep, I met some very interesting people.

Like Violet, the hooker from the Mason Dixon Chapter of the Rug Hookers Guild.


Her name is Violet, she wore a violet colored shirt, and...she was using all shades of violet in her rug. Yet another example of women who wear clothes to match their projects...or...who work on projects that match their clothes.

I also was psyched to meet Amy Singer, founder and editor of the awesome online magazine Knitty.


The funny thing is she thought she recognized my name and face from being on TV! And then it was me who recognized her!

If you don't know about Knitty, it's an amazing FREE , quarterly online knitting magazine with all kinds of great articles and projects. See the recent issue here.

After meeting Amy, I ate lunch...


And made my way through more of the vendor stalls...





And I bought one of these tassel thingies imported from Peru.


Evidently, in one of the villages in Peru, the young men let these hang out of their pockets to show that they don't have a girlfriend.

I bought one for Jack.

And I also bought a few buttons and stickers for friends to whom this saying happens to apply...


And just before I left, I made a tour through the Award tent.

I fell in love with this vest which won first place...


I'd love to make one of those. *sigh


All in all, I'd say it was a great way to wake up on Mother's Day.

And yes, I did eventually make it home to Jim and Jack who had weeded the yard and were taking me out to dinner -- God love them.

But that was not until after I said goodbye to this fella...


I think I would have adopted him if he was available.

Hope your Mother's Day was just as sweet.

21 comments:

Teresa said...

What a fun adventure you had.
Can I get one of those non-girl friend thingie for my son and would they also work if you don't have a boyfriend. If so get me two.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Thank you for this nice report and very beautiful pictures! It was very interesting. Natalia

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you had a super day! Mine was good also. After singing at 2 services, we met our kids at the ferry and went to Bainbridge Is. Great Thai food and a fun yarn shop...no alpacas or llamas but fun just the same. And wonders of all wonders, no RAIN either!!!

verobirdie said...

What a great day you had. How could you resist all tose temptations? I'm not sure i vould have:-) the lamas are beautiful, I like the dreadlock sheep too.

kaite said...

next year i'm coming too, even if i have to hitch hike all the way from Aus. wow, it read like a fabulous day, and i NEED to KNOW - was that last piece knitted on to look like it was woven, or was it really woven? i'm guessing it was knitted on - right? it's Fabulous, my next project.

Mouse said...

wow what a brill day ;0 and I would have adopted him too ..lol .. that shirt vest at the end was gorgeous ... no wonder it was first :) love mouse xxx

Kelly said...

I want to make it there one year. I think a shopping intervention would be needed! Looks like you had a wonderful day!

Carol said...

What a neat way to spend the morning. Did you go with a friend? Sometimes it's nice to wander these places alone unless you have someone with you that is equally excited. That pink yarn was to die for! Our local shearing festival is not nearly as cool as yours.

I'm glad you had a good day...with sun!!
xx, Carol

Rachel said...

What a great day. So difficult to exercise restraint with such enchanting things on display!

Ingrid Mida said...

Dear Susan,
Your day looked like fun. The pics are beautiful. Happy Mother's Day.
My post about McQueen embroidery is up and is dedicated to you!

Allison Ann Aller said...

As always, a terrific photo essay with your marvelous take on all things fiber. Thanks for the great post and glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day!

MosaicMagpie said...

There will be a fiber festival here in KY this month. I hope to see wonderful things like you have shown us here! The vest was so delicate and beautiful.
Deb

a2susan said...

Your post made me smile as I was reading it, especially when you said "I bought one for Jack." I can just see him wearing one from his pocket...besides, I'm sure he's not lacking in the girlfriend department, he's one handsome and nice young man.

From your old friend, Susan.

lifemyway said...

Look at all those lovely bright colors! What a wonderful way to spend a holiday!

Catherine said...

Oh Susan! What a fabulous way to spend your day! Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos!

Marty52 said...

Oh, wowzers... I couldn't have resisted that yarn... it looks scrumptious! What a fun day you had... Happy Mother's Day!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful time you had! Wish I could have been there!

Elizabeth said...

Oh Man was I thinking of you yesterday!! What a perfect day!!!! You were such a good girl- I know that if we had been together as planned we would have gotten inot much more trouble. You took great photos as usual and met some wonderful critters and folks too. How does jack like his tassel?????
i am alomst positive that the vest that you loved was made by Margo Duke. Have you ever googled her- she is a delight and has a great web site and she lives in COLUMBIA, MD!!!!!
talk to you soon. Next year for sure- long as the creek don't rise or the car break down!!! SIGH!!!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh my, he has a face that makes you want to take him home (the alpaca - he's gorgeous).
What a lovely way to spend a day, thanks for sharing it.

Barbara C said...

What a fabulous way to spend Mother's Day. I'm not sure, however, that I could have resisted all that yarn.

Karen said...

those eyes!! hes just gorgeous! and all those pretty things for stitchers....thanks for sharing!

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