. . . but I had a fantabulous time at Maryland Sheep & Wool, 13 hours of fun and fiber with fellow travelers Beth and Cathy. We left Richmond at 6:23 a.m. and returned at 7:23 p.m. ~ in time for those gals to catch the race, and for me to continue enjoying my weekend off from motherhood. Later I'll swipe some pix from willing lenders, but for now there's the loot to document!
We made our early departure because I wanted back in to the Koigu scrum, and even though a wacky incident delayed us about an hour en route, I succeeded. (Stewart, who stopped at the Maryland Visitors Center the same time we did, informed us that there had been a bomb threat to a couple of Atlantic City-bound buses, forcing a temporary closure of the interstate. No wonder we'd seen unmarked vehicles speeding up the shoulders!) We all made a beeline for the Main exhibition building, but only I stuck with the sweaty corner in order to come away with the makings of Green Scrum, which I'll hope to start soon for Project Spectrum:
Seriously, I am so pleased with the way the Scrum Shawl turned out that I don't expect to vary the pattern much when making a second one. I had it with me, of course, and I think I inspired some of the other knitters waiting there with me. Plus I was able to show it to the Landras, who appeared to approve. Then I went to find Beth and Cathy at the Morehouse Merino booth, because someone had pointed us to a $4 coupon online before we left, so we were all eager to spend $30 in order to save. I got to say Hi to Theresa the Keyboard Biologist there, and I came away with two kits, one for me and one I'll make for Wee C:
Next up was the Woodchuck wooden product man, from whom I had gotten sweet darning needles last year. This year I bought a WPI measurer (sett gauge), and a wing-nut tightener for Uncle Chuck.
We did some eating, we did some browsing, we went to the grassy knoll o'bloggers, where surely a hundred of us gathered. Such fun to see friends old and new, and add some URLs to my Bloglines list.
Speaking of old friends, I got in a nice visit with Mary Ann, my college buddy for whom Greta was knitting samples lately. So I feel like I encountered Greta, too. I came away with lots of yummy soap and some mohair boucle that I apparently neglected yet to photograph.
What else? This lovely yarn may be the piece de resistance: two honkin' hanks of Harmony from Brooks Farm for a bigger, bolder Clapotis. (However, having just looked up that link, I am reminded that Cozy might be a valid contender as well ~ ) And speaking of shawls, Beth sent me back to a button vendor I'd passed when she showed me the glass shawl pin she'd gotten from Moving Mud. Turned out I had to have one too.
When I first started planning for the weekend, I was going to go for the whole shebang, with a different gang of Richmond knitters. Instead, I got to hear my dear friend Sheri read from her new novel, Firefly Cloak, at the Richmond Public Library on Friday night, and go out to dinner with her and some other grad school friends afterwards. And today I got to attend the spring recital of the Weinstein JCC School of Dance, featuring my own little star who brought tears to my eyes ~