May 4, 2009

Wooly Wooly

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 12:26 am by Jenn

Yesterday my sister and I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  It was like a little slice of heaven.  It was actually very overwhelming and thankfully I told myself before I went that I would only spend the cash in my wallet and I would not use my my card for ANYTHING.

For my friends living overseas, WOW.  You all would cry (and be broke) if you saw the selection of yarn, fiber, notions, spinning wheels, needles, etc. that were available here.

The festival was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds which is a little over an hour from my parent’s house.  We arrived around 11am and headed straight for the fleece sale.  We had decided that we would buy a brown fleece and split it.  The selection was unbelievable….there were so many types of fleece to choose from – Merino, Border Leicester, Corridale, Cormo, Karakula, just to name a few (and those are the only ones I can remember right now).  Heather found one that she really liked – a grayish brown Merino weighing 7.75 pounds.  I saw one that I liked – a tri color, black, gray, brown Cormo weighing 6 pounds, and we were both intrigued by a small bag of Karakula – the hair was long with a slight curl at the ends and it was a tan/gray color.  We decided on the Merino because, well because you just can’t go wrong with Merino.

We took our new possession to the Zellinger tent, dropped it off to be processed into combed top for spinning and off we went to explore the vendors.

I’ll admit that I was totally overwhelmed just walking through the Main Exhibition tent and that wasn’t anywhere near all that there was to see – or to buy.

Of course my eyes were bigger than my wallet and my money went WAY faster than I anticipated.  I did manage to come home with $2 left in my wallet though…I won’t say how much I started with though : )

I need to take pictures of my purchases so I’ll post those in the next couple of days.  I just wanted to get this post up so that you all didn’t think I was MIA here in the US.

For all you fiber lovers out there stay tuned for that post because there will be some links to some fabulous yarns that I discovered during this festival!

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5 Comments »

  1. Tara said,

    Can’t wait to see what you purchased- sounds unbelievably fun!

    It was a great time!

  2. Angie said,

    Fantastic! I can’t wait!

    Coming right up!

  3. Jessica said,

    Ah, yes, I’m jealous.

    I just finished my first project w/ the Nako Cashmere. A did a nice scarf and I put it up on Ravelry yesterday. Went through my stash and thought – wow – I’d really like to visit a REAL yarn store!

    Can’t wait to see the pics!

    I am posting pics today and catching up on blog reading. I’ll be sure to check out your Ravelry, I always love to see what you knit. You are so crafty.

  4. Christine said,

    Soooo jealous. I’m so over Regia.

    Be sure to check out the links in my upcoming post. I can hook you up if need be!

  5. Vicky said,

    Think this way, if you managed to come back with money left in your wallet, you are always a winner! I don’t know if I would have the same willpower 😀

    Good point Vicky!


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