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n days and counting!

by Nanc filed under knitting on April 22, 2007 08:28 PM

Thereís a countdown going on here. As of this Sunday (4/22), there are only 12 more days before the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (MSWF). And only 9 days before C. and I fly out to Baltimore.

Oh, sure. Some of you might not be as excited as I am. Or perhaps you simply donít get it. What could a rural event far from home with 4H judging and farm machinery for sale offer a city slicker like me?

Where do I start?

Its a vacation - a break from the norm, that I enjoy with my fellow knitters. And knitters (and knitbloggers and spinners) have a large presence at this festival. Oh, yeah Ė and it is a FESTIVAL! Hello? Festivals = fun, fair foods (like kettle corn and meats-on-sticks), and happiness.

Remember last year? There was the amazing (and overwhelming) knitbloggers meet-up on the hill. Are we up for this again? What about the knitbloggers ball, a post-fair, drink-n-meet shindig at a local pub? We missed it last year, but weíre making time for it now.

Oh, and the vendors. The glorious vendors.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts and their Socks That Rock (STR) was the hot item of 2006. Heck, they were sold out of STR by 10am Saturday morning, and those that did get some were likened to cows.

STR is still on my list, but its not so urgent since I still have last years loot to knit up. (moo) Another repeat vendor will be Brooks Farm. Just ask anyone, this stuff is gold!

In this next week or so, Iíll be reviewing the list of vendors and making up a game plan for our trip. I donít want to be spending money all willy-nilly and find out afterwards that I missed any important (to me) booths.

And then thereís the Sheep-to-Shawl competition. Last year I was still a little ďgreenĒ and didnít really get it, but this year Iím all about it. Can we root for a team?

So, anyhoo... I am excited about this upcoming trip and still have a lot of planning to do. ('What projects to take' and 'which handknit socks to wear' being two huge considerations.)

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Posted by: chris on April 23, 2007 07:27 AM

WOOTWOOTWOOT! I am getting SO excited about MSWF . . . can hardly contain myself!

Posted by: P-la on April 23, 2007 08:10 AM

Please keep your fingers crossed for me!!! I don't want to miss out on all the fibery fun again!!

Posted by: Rachel on April 23, 2007 10:28 AM

Officially jealous.

Posted by: Jennifer on April 23, 2007 11:20 AM

Ooh, have fun! Ditto Rachel.

Posted by: Christine on April 25, 2007 12:37 AM

Sheep & Wool! Sheep & Wool! Go Team Texas! MDSW! Whoo hoo! I'm so excited! I can't WAIT!

I decided that I'm probably going to skip the knitted goods our of fear of the heat. Instead I just ordered tshirts from my spreadshirt shop. "I can go bat-shit crazy, or I can knit. Your choice." and "Life is too short to knit with ugly yarn." Wheee!

Posted by: Danielle on April 28, 2007 11:43 AM

Green with envy. STR really do rock I am luch to live in a very close range to the dyer...and I have met her. Knit with her. She is very nice. But I am still Jealous.

Have lots of fiber fun.

Posted by: Teri S. on April 30, 2007 09:28 AM

Ha! I'll be there and definitely want to meet up with you and Chris. Only six more days!

Posted by: kelp! on April 30, 2007 10:43 PM

It's a tough decision: STR or Koigu? I know where I'll be, and my elbows are sharp, lady! Looking forward to seeing you guys there!

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