Wednesday, May 02, 2007

In which a lapsed blogger is reborn thanks to fiber fever

What is this, you say? Who is this freakishly out-of-it blogger who has suddenly reappeared? Where the heck was she all that time? And why on earth would she just randomly reappear now? Either that, or you're asking yourself "Why should I care?" (if you're even reading this at all).

Excuses aside, a lot of newsworthy stuff has happened in my life in the past four million years six months, but only now have I finally gotten it together to write. At some point I'm sure I'll get around to telling you about my second India trip, and my second wedding while I was there, and my new job, and my summer plans. But right now, what I really want to talk about, the thing that some how managed to penetrate the haze of endless writer's block, is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

I am no fiber festival virgin. I've been to my share of county fairs. I've done Rhinebeck. I've seen the insane people at the fleece tent. But from what I've heard, MD S&W blows the rest out of the water. And now that I finally live close enough to contemplate going, well, let's just say it didn't really take much contemplation.

Now, some people are crazy. Some people plan to get there extra early and storm a certain booth with several of their co-workers from a certain LYS. Me, I'm fully aware that since this is my first time, I have about a snowball's chance in hell of competing with the experts. And anyway, until I get there and see the remains of their pillaging, I won't know what I'm missing. I am going early, but for the enjoyment, not to compete. Instead, I've begun researching patterns so that I know what types, weights, and quantities of yarn I should be keeping an eye out for. My budget is pretty limited, so I am trying to be very picky. Perhaps too picky, since so far I've only come up with one project I'm sure about. But it's a beauty:


Lucie from last fall's Knitty. © 2006 Axelle de Sauveterre.

And who knows? Maybe I'll luck out and Axelle will have a booth there too, and I can just buy the exact yarn the pattern calls for. Now I just have to figure out if there's any other yarn I'll be able to afford after I buy enough for Lucie.

9 comments:

Cathi said...

I am so happy to see your post! I've been thinking about you. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures.

xo

mazhalai said...

welcome back!!
{hugs} and congrats for the 2nd wedding!! you look awesome as an indian bride.. and loved the mehendi too!!

Joanne M said...

Welcome back! What beautiful pics from your wedding - so glad that all the logistics worked out. *yay*

Can't wait to see your haul from the MDS&W festival...

Kristin said...

I'm so happy you're back blogging!!! Maybe I should get my act together too....

more cows than people said...

HOORAY! YOU'RE BACK!!!! I'VE MISSED YOU!

looking forward to catching up. hey... gonna be near d.c. this summer... can we, maybe, perhaps, connect?

Zarzuela said...

Yay your back! Loved the wedding pics. Can't wait to hear all about it. :)

Jessica

Doris said...

Hooray! You are back :). I can't wait to hear about the MSW! It'll be fun. I am a fiber festival virgin. Someday I'll go to one... sigh.

Elspeth said...

You're back! Yay! Also, if you get in my way, I have a titanium elbow and I know how to use it. See you Saturday!

Beth S. said...

You're back, you're back! Yay! :-)

I had a look at the wedding photos, and wow, you were gorgeous! Your mehndi was wonderful--did you enjoy that? :-)

Anyway, congrats on all the good news, and I hope you have a blast at MDSW!