Sunday, August 16, 2009

So You May Take Me to the Fair . . .

OK - so I've been listening to Camelot in the car lately :-) I picked a selection of older shows for my last two drives: Pippin, Camelot, The Sound of Music and West Side Story. Two of them starred Julie Andrews (and were directed by Robert Wise!), and let's face it, who doesn't love to listen to Julie Andrews? I mean, really. If you say you don't, I'm forced to think you're not being truthful, because Julie Andrews is sort of like Sara Lee - nobody doesn't like her :-)

Anyway - Think about the Sun, Pippin . . . . it was hot in Michigan yesterday. I don't know why I thought it might not be - maybe because of this gloriously cool summer we've had. No. It was hot. Dripping sweat hot. :-D I wished I had worn shorts, but thankfully I had what my cousin, ME calls my "party fan" with me - it's a beautiful hand-painted black fan with black lace trim. A friend of my mom's used to live in Spain and she gave it to me as a gift. I fan myself with it when the heat is unbearable. Here's Toni from The Fold, with her fan. :-D

Really, it's hot in the buildings where the vendors are - even with exhaust fans going full tilt. Outside, it was hot and mostly sunny. I forgot a hat (most unlike me), but I was covered with SPF 70 (Water Babies - works great!) so I didn't get sunburned.
This year the Windy City Knitting Guild did not do a bus up the to Festival, and that's too bad. I guess they lost money last year on the deal. I didn't want to miss the Festival, so I drove up myself. It was about 2 1/2 hours from my house, and the drive was easy.

I noticed - as I have with most of the fiber events that I have attended this year, that this one seemed slightly smaller than the last. No matter - I still prefer it over Stitches. Maybe it's because there are animals there, but the vendors are amazing, and there's really a lot to experience, even if you're not taking class during the week.

This year, I picked up my fleeces, and the yarn that Chris of Briar Rose dyed for me! It's her worsted weight, called Abundance. It's darker and more blue than this photo would have you believe. My plan is for the Two Hearts Sweater from A Fine Fleece. And you know I want to cast on immediately! I'm restraining myself because I don't think I could finish it in time to take it to Iona with me in late October anyway . . . Hmmmmm . . . I suppose St. Brigid might wait another few months . . . and so might the Lace and Cable Sweater that's really called something else (misprint in the magazine). I'll ponder this . . . ;-)

And now - thought you might like to see some of the sheep - Well, I think Michelle from Boulderneigh might like to see some of the sheep anyway :-D There were a lot of Shetland sheep there - but this sheep was really the most impressive - the biggest anyway. This is a very, very large Romney named Buford. He was huge, and not too happy in the heat, I'm afraid. And following are two Shetlands (and a Karakul!), just for you, Michelle :-D

I'll leave you with Julie Andrews' amazing voice - something to make you smile :-)


Bethany (yarnorgy) said...

Looks like it was fantastic! Sorry I missed it. Beau was off work for once and we worked in the yard. Would have rather been with you!

Kris said...

oh the heat...ick, but it looks like you had a fantastic time anyway. That Briar Rose is going to be something else, what fun!

Michelle said...

Why, thank-you for thinking of me, friend! Looks like you had a wonderful time and added tons to your stash. A spinning winter, indeed!

Chris said...


I am so happy that you are going tomake a sweater out of "A fine Fleece"!!!! yay!!! one of my favorite books!!!! I think you can get it done by October!!! go! go!!
Chris of Briar Rose