What a fantastic weekend, despite almost melting from the heat. The 5.5 hour drive up took more than 7 thanks to stopping to nurse every 2 hours and then ending up in festival traffic, but it was all totally worth it. MDSW is a county fairground packed with vendors, exhibits, sheepdog trials, and all sorts of fiber-bearing animals. I drooled over alpaca, convinced myself not to buy an angora rabbit, and shopped like a madwoman. We also went to an afterparty and met a whole slew of knitting podcasters.
I’ve finally got myself a tensioned lazy kate which really DOES make plying sooo much easier, and I managed to find a copy of Barbara Walker’s 2nd treasury of stitch patterns, which I’ve been trying to track down in person for ages. Plus, I’ve got fiber. Lots of fiber. I decided to try to find fibers I haven’t spun before, and did a fairly good job of it – I have falkland sheep, angora, and cormo to try out. I also got seduced by the softness of alpaca dyed in fall colors (drool) and splurged for 8 whole oz. of shiny, soft, smooth, pumpkin-colored Blue Faced Leicester mixed with silk. I also got YAK. I get to spin YAK! It’s so exciting, to me at least.
The little man did an amazing job, although he spent most of the time fussing while in his stroller and wanting to be held. I couldn’t keep him in the front carrier for too long thanks to how hot he gets in it, so my arms were killing me.
All in all a very successful trip. Now to spin until my fingers fall off.