It is easy to take it for granted that one of the premiere North American fiber festivals happens in my “back yard” (well, about 20 minutes away, but same county, nonetheless)… The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is a highlight of my year, and often means the beginning of summer for me. This year, I switched it up a bit with the intention of only going one day (instead of the two) and not having particular plans when I got there. It was nice to roam the stalls and see more of the animals this year, and walk through more of the barns at a leisurely pace.
While I had nothing on my shopping list, I did come home with some things:
A vintage fabric refashioned into a hobo-style bag…
filled with some other goodies:
That is 11 skeins of yarn (7 of the dark purple) and a pack of sheepy pun notecards.
Not too shabby.
Looking over these skeins, it appears that I am into deep saturated colorways right now (with the exception of the light mint green). I spent some time on Ravelry looking at some different patterns. I tend to get overwhelmed easily by the sheer number of patterns, and I also like finding great patterns that few people have knit. Sure, I get why some patterns “go viral” but once that happens, the likelihood of me casting on sharply decreases. (With the notable exception of the Lacy Baktus and the Textured Shawl, interestingly enough… want to make both even though thousands of others already have) so I tend to look for those *undercurrent* patterns and relish in them… or write my own! The search continues – I’d love to hear about a pattern that you know of (or have made) that doesn’t have a lot of project pages…
I met up with some dear long-time friends at the festival – people I “see” online everyday on Twitter, and it is so great to just continue the conversation in real life. That transition still amazes me! We met up on the grass hill outside the main barn and sat out in the sun for a bit (this is where I got the sunburn on my face and shoulders, no doubt…)
…And then I spent some quality time with some of the four-legged cuties…
A beautiful & relaxing day with good people and animals
and a wonderful way to usher in spring in Maryland!