Finally!! MSWF!

Yes, I’ve been back for, what, almost two weeks? Yeah, that. But re-entry is a bitch, and I’ve been BUSY, y’all! Anyway, I’m probably the last person in the world to blog about MSWF (of those bloggers who went, anyway).

So yeah. Maryland! This year only NanC and I were able to go, and go we did! We left on the Thursday before the festival, and got to spend some time with her brother and family before the wool fumes had us all giddy and stuff. We got to go to NanC’s nephew’s baseball game, and a lacrosse game, and also just spent some time hanging around the house and stuff. It was great . . . I love getting to stay with them while we’re out there, and not just because it means we don’t have to pony up for a hotel room!

Friday we did more hanging out and “pre-festival-resting”, and then had a long laughter-filled dinner with my friend Kim who I know from my days at Penn State.

Ah, but that’s not what all you knitters came here for, is it?!

Sheep and WOOL!

This year was all about the sheep and the people, and less about the buying yarn for both of us — we both have yarn in our stashes from two years ago that hasn’t even been swatched! It worked out really well — we managed to skip the line for Socks That Rock at The Fold on Saturday morning, and met some really cool West Maryland ravelry folks who were tailgating in the parking lot.

We saw the sheepdog exhibition (which is absolutely amazing)
And also the “Carcass and Performance” competition, which isn’t as gross as it sounds (they use ultrasound to figure out the meat quality of the lambs!).

Smart NanC found a great recipe for a yummy picnic sandwich that we packed for lunch on Saturday (along with a bottle of wine and some other goodies) — this may have been our cleverest move ever; it was really nice to get out of the fray and sit down in the shade and eat our lunches. And bonus! We met up with our buddy Kelp (who is from Houston) and her friend Allison and they joined us for our little picnic.

Oh! Also! We went to the Ravelry meetup on Saturday, which was complete mayhem . . . way too many people crammed into the rabbit building, but fun anyway. And I had a Very Small World experience there, which I promise to tell you about in the next post (yep, I guess I’m a tease).

The ravelry party on Saturday night was an absolute blast (of course I forgot my camera!); I got to meet lots of people whose blogs I’ve read forever, like Sarah and Carrie and Chelsea. The only weird thing about that (and I think y’all can probably relate) is that when you meet someone whose blog you read, and whose life you know about, it can be a bit awkward . . . “HI! I read your blog!!!” . . . then there’s not much else to say without seeming like a creepy stalker.

Sunday we went back for more festival, and first watched some Sheep To Shawl action . . .
We also saw a llama with a funny haircut

The Parade of Breeds was really cool, but all my pictures sucked . . . in the bleachers we met some very nice ladies from Toronto.

Also, we got to meet Gale, whose blog has the best name ever, and which I’ve read for ages . . . it was so neat to put a face to the name! Also I got all reverse-starstruck when she told me she reads my blog, too.

I’m sure I’m forgetting at least half the stuff I meant to say, but hey, at least I’m posting this year! (last year it got to be so long after MSWF that I just gave up on posting about it)

As usual, I was sad to leave but also very exhausted . . . it was REALLY hard to come back to reality and work and all that stuff after such a fun trip. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Yup, I did!

Go to Maryland Sheep and Wool, that is!

NanC and I had a great time — it was so much fun to see some old friends and make some new ones, too.

I haven’t had a chance to download my pictures yet, so stay tuned for that and a recap of the weekend!

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Yep, that’s me. Lamey McNonblog. I really don’t know where the last month (actually more) has gone . . . I think I may be boring or something. Or perhaps the usual February Torpor lasted just a leetle bit longer than usual this year.

Okaaaay, so let’s get this thing back up and running with a list, whydontwe?

Here are some of the things I’ve done since last I posted:

1. I wished really hard for a snow day and didn’t get it (stupid weather!)

2. I knitted some socks (surprised?)

3. I got about four more rows done on the Neverending Cardigan . . . maybe if I didn’t shove it in the bottom of my knitting bag so regularly, it would have been more than four . . .

4. I went to a kickass slumber party with my knitgirls (you know who you are)

5. I turned a year older, but probably not wiser

6. I started taking yoga classes at my gym with the Hub

7. I got to meet my niece and nephew for the first time ever (Hub’s younger half-sister is their mom, and she just got out of the navy — we hadn’t seen her in seven or eight years)

8. I caught the gardening bug again and have started planting/planning/dreaming/weeding/getting splinters.

9. I tried, and failed, to do my taxes (I have to upgrade my system software to use this year’s TurboTax)

10. I voted in the Texas presidential primary election.

11. I cooked some new recipes . . . some were successful, others were not.

12. I saw my OB-GYN more times than a person should in several years. I mean, ok, I like her a lot, but I don’t necessarily need to see her that often.

13. I read a couple of books — nothing too notable, just some fiction fluff

14. I held fast to my “knit from the stash” resolution, and did not buy any yarn.

15. I had my hairdresser bleach stripes into the front of my hair, and then dye them purple. Yes, I’m serious. They’ve faded to a blondish color, but still.

Allrighty, I can’t think of any more to tell you right now, so I’ll leave it at that . . . pictures to follow soon (but not of everything on the list, sheesh. )

Actual knitting! And cats! And furniture! Wow!

Okay, I know. Even though I’ve been posting a bit lately, it’s all boring crap with no fun yarn stuff.

Well! I promised knitting, so knitting you shall get!

First up, the Everlasting Cardigan. Or Neverending Cardigan. Cardigan of Perpetuity. Whatever.

the kitten paw is bonus

I’ve got the back and the sleeves done, and these are the two fronts (miniscule as they may be)! I’m knitting them both at once because a) I’m a glutton for punsihment, b) I thought it would be just that much fun to make this project seem even more neverending and c) So that I would remember to do the shaping at the same place on both pieces. I’m still not really sure why this project is taking so long, because I like the yarn, and I LOVE the color, and I really want to wear the finished sweater (it’ll be next year at the soonest). Hmm, maybe it’s all. that. stockinette. Ya think?

Until about, oh, this week or so it’s been pretty chilly around here (for Texas anyway), so I’ve been wearing the hell out of all my handknit socks . . . and I finally got to the point where I had no more clean ones and needed to wash them all. I wanted, too, to try “handwashing” in the machine by filling up the tub, dumping in the knits, soaking them for a bit in wool wash, and draining and spinning, because I hate hate hate doing the roll-it-up-in-a-towel-and-stomp-on-it thing. Sadly, I was a little skeered, and let the socks sit in the laundry basket unwashed for a while before NanC came over and held my hand while I tried to figure out how to make my washing machine do what I needed it to. I really was scared that I would dial it in wrong and felt everything (including the superwash ones). Hey, I never said I wasn’t irrational!

Anyway, I took the plunge, and I have to say that this is quite possibly the best way ever to wash all those knit socks! Yay! And I never realized I had so many . . . here they are all smooshed up together after drying:
I seem to have a lot of socks in some shade of blue. Must remedy that.

And now for something completely different . . . furniture and cats!

Y’all may not know this, but ever since we moved into this house (almost three years ago), it has been my intention to put some sort of pull-out sofa or futon or something in my fiber room in case we ever have overnight guests (the spare bedroom upstairs — Hub’s “office” isn’t really as suitable). But every time I really seriously went looking, I couldn’t find anything in my price range that I liked. By the way, when the hell did futons get so expensive?? So I waited. And waited. And didn’t really forget about it, but resigned myself to waiting and saving some cash up. Then my February HOA newsletter came, and I just happened to glance at the back page (where there are sometimes “classifieds”), and saw that one of my neighbors was selling an oak-framed futon, cheap! Whee! I called, and went to look at it, and a couple days later, they were nice enough to put it in their van and deliver it to my front door.

Mardi really likes it, too

I haven’t quite figured out yet where to put my wheel, and my other chair, etc, but it’s all good — I now have seating for more than one knitter, and overnight guests don’t have to sleep on an air-mattress on the floor.

The cats really like the “suede-like” cover, and I thought for a moment yesterday that I had caught an actual moment of affection and non-growling between them . . .
Abby isn’t growling!

But then, a second later . . .
Yep, growling.