MDSW 2014 in Review

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.

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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.

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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.

  1. #1 by Linda on May 13, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    Thank you for prepping me at the Pastry Shop regarding the indie fibre artists. MDSW was so much bigger than I thought it would be. Looked as as much as I could at first following the plan we prepped . I found Miss Babs and bought a pterodactyl kit there and two yowzer skeins. It felt very comfortable there. Miss Babs was saying hello to everyone in the out of the barn paying line. Veronica and other Fibre Space experts were answering questions and wearing shawls. My husband really enjoyed it.

    • #2 by singularknitter on May 13, 2014 - 10:05 PM

      I’m so glad you both enjoyed it! MDSW does tend to surprise people the first time they attend. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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