Just as you all predicted, I had a terrific time this past weekend. Hillary is loads of fun and we really enjoyed getting to know each other. We spent lots of time in Washington, DC and I’m going to tell you all about that tomorrow but today is all about Maryland Sheep & Wool.
We arrived around 9 am after sitting in a long line of traffic. Honestly, that line of traffic set the tone for the day because this festival, while terrific and satisfying, is all about the lines! For instance, look at this line:
This is the line for festival swag. We stood in it for over an hour and a half. And yes, that’s a long time. But, it was worth it. For one thing, the sale of festival merchandise is what supports the festival financially. It allows for free admission and free parking and I’m all for keeping that sentiment going. And for another thing, this may be the only time I ever get to attend Maryland Sheep & Wool and I wanted stuff to prove I was there. I loaded myself down with a t-shirt for me, a baseball cap for Dale, a bunch of note cards and some festival pins.
There were also lines for buying yarn and roving, lines for the restrooms, lines for the food. You get the idea, I’m sure. Thankfully, Hillary’s friend Felicia had the wherewithal to suggest that we bring lunch. As much as I wanted a corn dog, I wasn’t willing to wait in a long line to get one!
Now, don’t think those lines stopped me from having a good time. Honestly, I love a fiber festival for one very special reason: the PEOPLE. I bumped into old friends and made a few new ones.
Here is Risa and Jessica. Risa was a huge
enabler help when I was first learning to spin and Jessica and I have emailed so many times throughout Summer of Socks that it was great to meet each other in person.
And here is Dave. Like his new outfit? I think he’s stylin’. He has promised to be sporting this same
get up look at New Hampshire Sheep & Wool this coming weekend so many of you will actually get to witness this for yourself.
Then there was this guy, whose name I do not know but I just had to take a picture of him because of this shirt. I think I know what Dale is getting for his birthday. Hee.
Finally, I got to meet Lolly! She and I have corresponded through our blogs for a few years now and I was so happy to get to hug her and chat for a few minutes. Lolly, you need to come up here and visit one of our festivals!
I am proud of myself for not just wearing my camera around my neck but for actually remembering to take photos. I knew you’d want to see some yarn
And what I bought.
This is all that came home with me. The thought of packing fiber into a suitcase and lugging it on the plane kept my spending to a limit. Not to mention that most of my favorite vendors at this festival will also be in NH next weekend (potluck picnic plans are underway – stay tuned for details!) and then I’ll have Dale with me to carry around all my stuff. Ahem.
We did not make it to the Ravelry meet up or the Ravelry party, which was definitely a bummer. But you can only fit so much into a day and we crammed in a lot!
So, Maryland in a nutshell: long lines, great people, good fun.