Sheep and Wool, Not Sheep and Wolf*

The Maryland Sheep + Wool Festival is quickly approaching! I went two years ago, and had planned to go last year until some family stuff came up and my plans changed at the last minute.

taken at MD sheep+wool 2005

This Saturday I am going with my mom and one of my aunts, which should be a lot of fun. They are Maryland S+W virgins — I sent my mom a list of planning to do. Setting a budget, making a list, bringing healthy food, having your own tote bags, wearing good walking shoes — that type of thing. She is very excited about the festival.

[aside: The Sanguine Gryphon has organized a blogger meetup. I don't expect that I will be able to make it (aw), but I will see what I can do. If you see me -- I plan to be in one of my brown Threadless sheepie shirts and my Something RedPurple -- say hi! If I give you a blank stare, it's because I am working on little sleep and festival sense supersaturation -- don't take it personally. :) ]

As for me, I am still working on my MD plan for this round. Right now my list looks like:

  • silk hankies! possibly from Shadeyside Farm or Ellen’s 1/2 Pint Farm.
  • some Cormo — I’ve never spun Cormo!
  • possibly some Tess sock yarn, because everyone loves it so (Lolly posted her love for Tess earlier this week).
  • possibly some Brooks Farm yarn — if I come up with a pattern I want to knit and think about the yarn I need for it. I was initially thinking about the airy lace wrap from Fitted Knits, but I am not sure I am up for all of that knitting (as it was put over at Kelp! Knits, “Knitting the ties are the equivalent of knitting a scarf and a half. Gah!” Of course, her version is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see her model it, but I am now thinking — no way in heck I am going to be able to focus long enough to knit that!)

I want to avoid buying too much of anything — I already have so much stuff.

But MD is overwhelming and amazing and there are so many gorgeous things to touch and see and smell and I know I will buy things not on this list. I just hope to limit these unplanned choices.

I really do not need more sock yarn (but I will make an exception for the Tess on this list). I also do not need any spindles. I do not spindle anymore now that I have my wheel, no matter how much I love spindles. I should not buy anything I can buy at the LYS.

Any bets on how I’ll do? I still have a budget to set!

* My mom told my grandmother she was going to the Sheep and Wool festival this weekend. My grandmother misheard her and thought she was going to the Sheep and Wolf Festival. I find the concept highly amusing — it reminds me of one of Gary Larson’s The Far Side comics.

8 Comments so far

  1. naomi on May 1st, 2007

    I second the recommendation for Tess’s sock yarn–it’s excellently sproingy.

    I will be on the lookout for you.

  2. E on May 1st, 2007

    wolf woof! :) Have a fabulous time!

  3. kristina on May 1st, 2007

    Sounds like fun – have a great time!

  4. Jess on May 1st, 2007

    Sounds like a fun time! I hope you get everything on your list and manage to stick to your budget!

    Someday I’ll make it out to MD Sheep & Wool… or maybe Rhinebeck. Some sort of long-distance fiber quest, for sure!

  5. knittingphilistine on May 2nd, 2007

    Oh, why am I not going to this?? (Oh, right, piles and piles of work). I really do need to wrangle someone into getting some Tess for me. Hey, how YOU doin’? ;)

    Have a great time and buy lots of goodies to show us!

  6. s t a c i on May 2nd, 2007

    “Sheep and Wolf” reminds me of the old Wile E. Coyote cartoons. I suppose he’s a coyote and not a wolf…but that’s what came to mind. :)

    Have fun in MD!

  7. stacey on May 2nd, 2007

    Look for me too!!!! I’ll be wearing my stockings! :) We’ll probably meet up at the Tess booth fighting over sock yarn!

  8. kelp! on May 2nd, 2007

    You’re so prepared with your budget and healthy food and all. I didn’t even think about bringing food, but I certainly don’t want to get stuck eating lamb or things-on-sticks. I’m going to be there sat morning, and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for you and your entourage!