Continued from Part I yesterday…
We left the festival in Elisa’s spiffy rental car… my house was about 15 minutes away, so we decided to stop by and drop off her bags before heading to dinner with the ladies. Elisa got to meet Kris and my pups, and settle in…
|Thank you, Elisa, for these great gifts! We loved all of them!|
… and then we were off to Strapazza to meet the girls…
Rebecca, Donna, Eilene, Beth, me, Kate (with her great mom and friend), Elisa, Heather, and Kelly.
We had such a great time together at the restaurant–thanks for the lovely evening, ladies! It was great to see everyone come from so many places (Missouri, Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia) to meet up with the Maryland girls
We headed home and had a little pajama party… not too much of a party when we were both dead-tired! Before we fell asleep, we did get some good conversation in… I have to head up to Bean town to spend some more time with this lovely lady.
We slept in. We needed it… I wanted to go see Stephanie at her hotel, where they were having an early morning book signing, but 8:00 on a weekend just was a little too early for me… We lounged around for awhile drinking coffee, eating toast, and reading the newspaper. We got our stuff together and headed over to the Great Sage in Clarksville. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. We wandered in and wondered why it was so busy… then we remembered Mother’s Day (well, I had not really forgotten, just a little lapse) After some yummy vegetarian entrees, we headed down the road towards the fairgrounds again for a few hours.
These little alpacas are quite popular in bloglandia–I have seen many shots just like this on several blogs. They were adorable, just like these baby sheep! We walked through the barn and saw many others too.
|I did not buy a lot at the festival. I did not run into any "deals of a lifetime" or things that I thought I would never see again, so I kept it simple, and picked up a few more things Sunday afternoon. I saw Faith, who came down for the festival (great to meet you!) and ran into Eilene and her hubby, Rick. Also saw Jenn and Harriet (long time no see, ladies! Hope all is well!)|
|We got back to the house, and Elisa had to pack up and head back to MA. I got to snap this pic of her with her awesome sock though! I liked this KnitPicks yarn so much that I bought two hanks to make some socks of my own in the same colorway: Geranium! … and then she left, back to her far-away home, and I sat and pondered my busy weekend, and was so thankful for the kindness and warmth of the friends I have made from this blogland. (Yeah, sappy but true)|
For those of you that I missed at the festival, you can always come back and visit me in Maryland next year!
What else has Lolly been up to?
|My Balmoral torso is done, and ready to be joined with the sleeves to make the yoke. This cardigan is a wonderful knit–I will wear this all of the time, no doubt. It may be difficult to make out in this shot, but it is knit in one piece, so finishing will be a breeze–and that is music to my ears.|
I purchased the velvet ribbon for the edging and the belt loops. I was not sure about the color of the ribbon in the beginning, but it looks better the more I stare at it. The actual color of the yarn is closer to the top picture, although not quite as purple.
I also cleaned out the Candy Blue Cotton Ease at the JoAnn in Columbia–8 balls is plenty to make the cotton pullover I was planning from the last FCEK… a simple boatneck.
A big thank you to Leah for sending me this lovely RAOK over the weekend. The card, yarn, Chibi and stitch markers are wonderful! I see some awesome cotton socks in my future!
… and until next time…
Rusty and Lolly bid you adieu…