Saturday, May 06, 2006  

Sheep and Wool, Day 1

I spent the day at MDS&W with the fabulous Erin, and it was a blast - partly because we got to spend Ann's money - apparently she thought that getting married was more important than Sheep and Wool. So we were armed with a list, and, before she left, she handed over the cash. Drug deal? Nope - WOOL deal.

So after meeting up at a local *$s, we headed north. All was smooth sailing until we exited Hwy 70 - this may be one of the only traffic jams ever to be caused entirely by wool.

And despite arriving just seconds after the doors opened, the parking lot was far from empty...

Once inside, we lost no time in finding the most relaxed animal in the entire fairgrounds. Look at that bunny-face!!!

Speaking of pure happiness, someone bought a wheel... isn't it beautiful?

Thanks to the wheel (and a teeny accident with the cormo booth), we had to stop by the car before lunch...

... but the brief detour didn't seem to slow us down too much. Here's what happens when you go to a booth, describe what you want to use a fleece for, and have the owner/farmer say "you need sheep PR44". How freaking cool is that - you tell her what you need, she tells you which sheep will be best. It definitely took a large measure of self restraint to NOT jump straight into the fleece and roll in it - it was really that soft.

After lunch, we met up with a few good friends at the en masse blogger meetup. It was fabulous, even though I mostly took the opportunity to catch up with Phyl-Phyl and Wendy, who are local, but who I don't manage to see nearly enough.

And the stash? It wasn't too bad. The slippers were for S... the back 4 skeins are sock yarn from Ellen's Half Pint Farm. The colors are fabulous, and I love the feel of this yarn! Plus, sock yarn doesn't count, right?

Ummm... and all of those skeins in the front? Well, the Cormo booth got a first-thing visit from a few of the KH irregulars, and by 9:30 we had cleaned them out of their worsted. I now own 1730 yards of new cream cormo happiness, and I have 410 yards or so leftover from my last batch. But just when I was going to check out, I noticed the brown/black "Black Cormo Cross" yarn. Wow. I love this color! It's not quite as soft as the cormo, but the color is AMAZING. So I bought, um, 1375 yards of it. I was a bit nervous when I got home that I hadn't bought enough, but then I did a few calculations. Apparently, the Ireland Cardi only took a bit over 1300 yards of the cream cormo - so if I do a similar sweater design, it should be fine. I'm actually thinking I might do a guernsey. Or, just to be safe, I may stop by the Cormo booth tomorrow and see if they have 1 more skein of the brown...

tomorrow - sheep, sheep dogs, and the cutest baby goat ever!



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