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Maryland Sheep & Wool

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get to go to Maryland Sheep & Wool! Jessica was nice enough to let me stay with her for the weekend and go up for the fest. I met Jessica through Ravelry in the Vesper Yarn Lovers group and we got to know each other through there (and Twitter and Plurk). I’ve been able to get to know a lot of fantastic folks through Ravelry, Plurk, and Twitter – it’s been really fantastic!

Anyhow…

MDSW was great! We went on Saturday. There were a lot of people and it rained for a little while in the morning, but wasn’t bad the rest of the day. There was TONS of stuff I wanted to get, but I only had so much money to spend, so of course I couldn’t get everything I wanted. You can see all of my photos here, but here are a few of my favorites:

Baby Goats
Baby goats

Baby Bunnies
Baby bunnies

Teeswater Sheep
Teeswater Sheep

Brooks Farms
Brooks Farm booth

Golding Spindles
Golding Spindles

Golding Wheel
Golding Wheel

This photo just might be my favorite, though. While at the fest on Saturday, I got to meet Laura!! We became fast friends through Ravelry and it’s been really great getting to know her. I’m so glad we were able to finally meet and spend some time together at the fest and it looks like I’ll get even more time to hang out with her this fall at Rhinebeck – we’re already making plans :o)

Me, Jessica and Laura
Left to right: Me, Jessica and Laura

The drive to VA and back wasn’t bad at all. The way back I had to drive through a lot of rain, but the drive out was nice the entire way. I was sad that Jessica (a different one!) wasn’t able to make it out to MDSW this year, but I’m hoping we’ll get to meet at Rhinebeck. Send lots of good thoughts her way, if you can! She’s having surgery next week and I know any extra thoughts/prayers/whatever would be well appreciated. Surgery isn’t an easy thing to go through… all the nervousness, stress, and anxiety leading up to it, then the recovery. NOT easy!!

Speaking of which, I feel pretty good about my own surgery. I’m doing great. I have times where I’m more sore or have a little pain, but it’s nothing like before. Had my doctors appointment on Monday of this week and things went well. He said I’m doing quite well, which was good to hear! I go to the PT people tomorrow, then next week I’ll be back at work. I think the toughest part will be keeping up the walking, but since I have an hour lunch, I should have no problem getting in a walk then on the days I work.

So, MDSW was great! Totally want to do it again next year! Next time I’ll show you what came home with me and my finished Leyburn socks :o)

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

4 thoughts on “Maryland Sheep & Wool

  1. Looks like you had a good time. You should definitely come to Rhinebeck! Then we’d get to meet in person. 🙂 I got a bit of a preview of your haul in Ravelry and it looks great!

  2. P.S. I tested out a Golding wheel at Rhinebeck last year and it was AMAZING!!!! I think the waiting list was eight years so maybe this year I should get on it. Haha!

  3. oh hai!
    MDSW is fun all around and since the advent of ravelry, some view it more of a social gathering than a shopping event, much to the dismay of the farmers. 😦 we don’t fall in that group though. teeheee
    it was so great meeting ya’ll and I hope to see you again at Rhinebeck. I’m going to aim to have at least a few sweaters to pick from to wear there cuz god knows we’ll need it.

  4. Awww!!! I was bummed I missed it too. You’ll just *have* to come to Rhinebeck. 🙂 Looks like you had a grand time. And OMG with the baby bunnies! They always kill me! Wonder why?!? 😉

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