Monday, May 07, 2007

More Thoughts on MDSW and Knitty SP Package #3!

First off... I have said time and time again that my child is mercurial. Extremely so. I really don't know where she gets that from... (Jo tries to look angelic), but trust me when I say it took her all of 5 minutes to go from this:

Sad Willow

to this

Trying to Pout Willow

to this

Happy Willow

FIVE MINUTES, PEOPLE! I forsee hell in eight years when she becomes a teenager! Okay, in her defense she had walked into the corner of the desk just as I was trying to take a picture of her with the stuffed llama I bought her at MDSW... but still!

And on the topic of MDSW, there were a few things that I forgot to mention yesterday. They fall more into the category of 'Lessons Learned' (something we always have to go through after completing a project at work):
  1. You can dress me up but you can't take me out. I ordered a yummy grilled lamb pita sandwich for lunch (not sure it justified the $12 cost, but that is another issue), and managed to spill all the lamb juices down my pant leg with the first bite. At least it wasn't deposited on my normal messy space. Um, the frontal shelf area.
  2. Bring a bottle of water next time so you don't have to pay $3 for a limeade and also to wash your hands after using the port-o-potties (which had no water in the wash stations!). Seriously - ick - think of all the people who heeded the call of nature then touched all the stuff in the shops that you touched. Maybe bring hand sanitizer, too.
  3. It's a good thing other people drive to these places (thank you, Kathy!) because if I am not driving I fall asleep in the car. And I don't drive on highways.
  4. I'm going to have to research what kind of spinning wheel I would like to buy - I must have seen at least 5 different shapes, and I am sure there are infinite varieties within that number. Recommendations are welcome.
  5. I felt sorry for the shopkeepers who had no people in their stalls.

So, I will be back next year... with wet wipes, bottled water, hand sanitizer, a list of wheels to try out, and a PB&J sandwich to tide me over (good idea, Michelle!)...

My mother-in-law called me as I was picking up Willow this afternoon to tell me there was a package waiting for me at her house, so I rushed over and found my Knitty SP package #3! A while back my SP had asked me what I was thinking about making, and I said I wanted to knit a hat with sunset colours. SP said she would see what she could spin up for me, and this is what came today:

Mountain Sunset and Boise Yarn

Isn't it pretty? She called it "Mountain Sunset" and there is easily enough wool there for two hats. Next to it in the lovely rustic wicker basket is a scarlet skein of Karabella Boise - it is so baby soft I just wanted to cuddle it like a kitten. But that wasn't all!

SP had knit Willow a scarf:

SP's scarf for WIllow

I just can't tell you how happy Willow is when she also gets presents in my SP packages - sometimes I think she is more excited about the packages coming than me!

And just a few more pictures - I love my new camera! My father-in-law's flower garden has started to bloom - the backyard looks like a fairyland:

A pink dogwood:
Pink dogwood

A pink rhododendron:
Pink rhododendron

A mauve redbud tree. I think this one is really cool - I had never seen one before moving to Delaware:
Redbud tree

And lastly, a peach azalea:
Peach Azalea


Sarah said...


I'm glad you, and Willow liked the package. It makes me happy to make you guys happy. And, Mountain Sunset...well...I spun some for myself a while back, and loved it so much that when you mentioned sunset, I had to order more!

Nell said...

That handspun is great! And I love the pretty flower pics. I wish I didn't have a black thumb!

Zonda said...

That is gorgeous handspun there!! Was Sarah your SP! Lucky you!! Cute scarf! Willow is gorgeous! And yes, there will be fun in the coming years!!

Bezzie said...

Um, is your SP supposed to be a secret ;-)

Don't worry, boys are that moody at five too!!!

Good tips! Those probably apply for any major fibery festival!

SuzannaBanana said...

I love every one of those pictures. That yarn looks amazing, as do the flowers. And look! A picture of Willow where she's smiling without wonkiness. I think I love your new camera as well. :)

Batty said...

She's so cute! That's the secret, you know: when you're cute and know it, you know you can get away with anything. I know my baby sister figured that out before she was 3.

Gorgeous yarn and flower pictures, by the way. One of these days, I'll make it to the festival, I swear I will.

naomi said...

There were sinks with hand sanitizer/soap by the port-a-potties in the back, at the other end of the food row from the main barn. It took other people telling me for me to figure out that I had to step on the water-release thingy for there to be water, though.

(Also, redbuds are great. Have you tasted the flowers? I really like them.)