Sorry for the long delay in my post, but I guess I am keeping theme with my first trip to MDS&W.
Originally, Sharon and I were supposed to leave early Friday morning, drive to PA, spend some time with my mom and my friend Nicki, and then head down to the festival at o’dark thirty Saturday morning. However, Sharon’s step-FIL passed away Thursday so it was looking like we were not going to attend. But Sharon decided she needed to get out of the house after all of the funeral arrangements were made, so at 9 pm Friday night we packed up our stuff and drove to my parents’ house!
My mom greeted us and we gave her a little demonstration of all the hard work we have been doing at the gym by demo-ing some of the routines that we have learned in BodyJam class. My mom was giggling like a fool by the time we were done but congratulated us on our hard work and said that she was super proud of the two of us doing something good for ourselves. We soon went to bed knowing that 5 am was coming quickly.
We managed to get up and get out the door by 7 am – after a stop at WaWa for some iced mocha mint coffee (mmmm) and a bagel, we hopped on the highway and drove to MDS&W by way of Lancaster/York, PA. I would HIGHLY recommend driving down this way if it is an option – the roads were not too busy, no tolls (more on that later), and just beautiful scenery!
After hitting some traffic on the offramp for our exit, we made our way into the fairgrounds, walked right past the information booth and failed to pick up a map (silly us). This was a problem because WE WERE ON A MISSION. I needed woolee winder bobbins. Someone in LSG alerted me about the fact that they sold out of all bobbins last year at 11 am. Yikes. We backtracked and grabbed a map and made a bee-line for the main exhibition hall. Once inside it was a race to the booth where we procured:
schacht hi speed woolee winder bobbins
We purchased 5 of the last 7 they had. 3 came to live with me, 1 to Sharon and 1 to our Jessica.
Sharon wanted to find the booth that had Gale’s Art fiber/yarn so that was our next stop. Two lovely braids of BFL came home with me:
Gale's Art BFL in Grape Vine
and also some lovely BFL swirl:
Gale's Art Blue Face Swirl in Opal
Then Amy found us and we were able to hang out for a bit (yay!). We even got our picture taken together!!!!
Sharon, me, and Amy!
The giant cup Sharon is holding is from one of the lemonade stands – yummy!
As far as other purchases, here is what followed me home:
From Frabjous Fibers, 3 braids of fiber (one is at Sharon’s house because I stuck it in her bag by accident, so I am lacking a photo):
Frabjous Fibers Camel Caravan in Patina
Frabjous Fibers Hand Dyed Merino-Sparkle Top in Cathedral
And amazingly, I purchased only ONE skein of yarn, but it’s a big’un. I got one skein of Maple Creek Farm Superwash Merino – Sock in Spearmint, a whopping 1120 yards. It’s destined to be a honeybee cardigan once I have time to knit things like sweaters!
Maple Creek Farm Superwash Merino - Sock in Spearmint
But what is a sheep and wool festival without some sheep:
These sheep just looked so HOT considering that the weather was Hazy, Hot and Humid at the festival! We also managed to find Laurie of Laurie’s Lambs and it was great to see her again. She only had two sheep with her (both Gotlands I believe?) and I just adore her flock. They are all SO friendly and socialized and come running for pettings and scratches.
This little lady was just hamming it up for the pettin’s!
After a whirlwind day at the festival, the heat started to get to us and Sharon and I decided to pack it up and head back to NJ. We threw all of the fiber in the car:
and hit the road, taking 95 the entire way back to NJ. We stopped at Maryland house to get a coffee and I was amazed to find that Roy Rogers is still there – it had been about 15 years since I had last been to MD house (thanks Rockwood Adventures!)
I had a lot of fun at my first MDS&W and will definitely go again next year, but maybe head back through PA instead of the crazy toll highway that is I-95. I still have to check my EZ-PASS bill but seriously? Wow. I’d rather just pay the $2.95 each way on the PA turnpike to go to my parents Hopefully next year we can drag our Jessica along too!