On Saturday Blogless Sharon, the Evil Spawn of Blogless Sharon (aka her daughter, Heather) and I headed to Connecticut Sheep and Wool. This was only my second fiber festival, my first being New Hampshire Sheep and Wool last year. Of course, I wasn’t a spinner last year, so I really did feel like a fiber festival virgin this time around.
CS$W is a small venue and I think that’s a good thing. It’s not overwhelming and it’s not overly crowded. And yet it’s full of all the things that matter. Like sheep. And alpacas. And fiber. Lots and lots of fiber. Wanna see my haul?
I actually showed great restraint, I think. In the top photo there is some merino/silk roving in a color called “garnet,” a really nice circular needle holder, and some merino/tencel roving that’s charcoal grey – and very slick and soft. In the other photo there are two skeins of laceweight alpaca, colorway eggplant, some Navajo Churro roving and a beautiful shawl pin. And that’s it. I came home fleeceless.
While the shopping was fun, honestly, the best part of the day was meeting up with other bloggers. Isn’t it always? I actually had three bloggers that I had never met before recognize me. As in, “Aren’t you Carole? From Carole Knits?” I have to say, I thought that was really cool. Especially considering that last year, when I went to New Hampshire, I knew no one. And no one knew me. I literally introduced myself to Norma and said, “I’m Carole from Carole Knits. No one knows me.” Now Norma and I are friends. Real life, honest to goodness friends. Isn’t blogging amazing?
My dear friend Cate had a brilliant idea and organized a Blogger’s Potluck Picnic. There were people I consider to be real life, honest to goodness friends at this picnic as well as people I’d never met before.
And we had a fantastic time! As always, when bloggers gather there is lots and lots of really good food. There was also lots of talking and laughing and knitting! I’m not even going to attempt to link to everyone – because I’d leave people out. If you were there, sing out in the comments so people can find you.
I know many of you are gathering at Maryland Sheep $ Wool this weekend. I hope you have a wonderful time and meet up with like minded folks, just as I did in Connecticut. And somebody buy me a fleece fer cryin’ out loud.