Archive for May, 2014
After only having attended the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, it was quite a shock to attend on Sunday this year. I expected it to be a bit slower, but to still run into a sea of people. We arrived about an hour early, so I was able to do a full walk through in record time. In all, we were only there for two and a half hours… which I still cannot wrap my head around.
It was wonderful, though. We brought the stroller, as usual, in case M didn’t want to walk the entire time and instead of feeling like we were always in the way, we strolled with ease through the barns and the exhibition hall. The only “difficulty” we had was that M distinctly remembered getting ice cream there in the past and as soon as we entered the gates was asking when she could have her ice cream. This pretty much persisted the entire time we were there. Even seeing the all the sheep didn’t distract her for more then ten minutes. So it was nice to feel like we accomplished everything in such a relatively short period of time so that she could have her strawberry milkshake and we could go home. Yep, that’s me admitting to letting my daughter have ice cream at 10:30 in the morning. But it’s not like it’s a daily thing…
On to the goodies: I did stay strong and I only purchased fiber this year. There were a few moments were I thought about breaking down, one being at the Miss Babs booth. However, I kept it a what is a minimum for me thus far. My first fiber purchase was at the end of our first walk through at the Into the Whirled booth in the Exhibition hall. I wanted to pick up one of the last of their batts and oh so surprisingly ran into a braid of fiber that I couldn’t leave behind.
I managed to stay strong as I passed many of my other favorite indie dyers, knowing that I still have some of their fiber in my stash and opted to find some dyers I have been meaning to try out for a while. I knew I had to stop by the Gourmet Stash and Hobbledehoy booths where I fell in love with so many things and seriously had a difficult time resisting buying everything they had.
There is one final goodie that was purchased earlier in the day. This particular item I have been longing to get for almost a year now and is so spectacular it deserves a post of it’s own. All I have to say for now is it is one of the best Mother’s Day, Christmas and Birthday presents I have ever received and I see great things in our future together.
It’s that time again. We’re kicking off this year’s festival season (aka – most of the year) with the spectacular Maryland Sheep and Wool. After M’s fantastic experience at Rhinebeck in October, we are bringing both of my parents to MDSW to ensure that she has all the fun she wants while I still have the time to hit up all of my favorites. So, what’s the game plan? Simple: stick to my goals for the year. No yarn, just fiber. Oh, and no going crazy and blaming it on the wool fumes.
So easily said. But let’s face it, with a vendor list full of some of my favorite Indie dyers and local or local-ish farms, it can be incredibly difficult to not get overwhelmed by all the pretty and not feel like I need to buy something from all of them. This year, however, I will stick to the game plan. I will be reserved. I will enjoy all of the beautiful things and not feel the obligation to literally bring them all home with me. I will hold to the rule of taking a full lap through before buying anything. Since I will not always have to walk at M’s pace of running and stopping every five seconds and getting side-tracked, I will be able to do said lap much more quickly so that I can then wander peacefully to pick up whatever I could not forget about on my second lap. I will then relax and take in the rest. There will be some serious face time with some sheep. M and I will likely do a follow-up from Rhinebeck and stare at them for at least an hour.
I may sound incredibly crazy and foolish making all of these bold statements and promises to myself. But I want this to not feel like some crazy, overwhelming race to spend all of my money, to then come home thoroughly exhausted and feel like I didn’t get to truly enjoy anything. I don’t want to impulse buy and then find that I have no where left to store anything because my yarn and fiber no longer fits in it’s designated place. No. I want to come home knowing that I do still have some willpower while being able to get out there and enjoy myself.
The only thing that may make me slip-up: M bringing me a skein of yarn and saying in her sweetest, yarn-loving way: “Mommy, would you knit me something out of this?” or the new favorite “Will you save this yarn for me so I can use it when I’m a grown-up and learn to knit?”. Gets me every time.
I look forward to sharing my hopeful success next week. Even if I don’t hold as strong as I’d like to all of the above, I am certain I’ll come home feeling like it was a win. If you plan on attending fiber festivals this year, what’s your game plan? Also, if you’ll be at MDSW on Sunday, I will be certain to wear my Ravelry button – come say hi!