Sunday, May 03, 2009

MDSW: The Most Boring Recap in the World

I'm going to apologize up front. I was so tired by the time MDSW finally rolled around, I forgot to take pictures. I have one picture from the fair, and the only reason for that is because Pam took Cristi's photo of us first and that reminded me my new camera was in my wallet.

So, without further ado, here is the only proof I was at MDSW:

Jo and Cristi

I suppose you could argue the following wool means something, but really - practically anything can be bought online now. I also got to meet Jesh, and I was a bit taken aback when she said she knew who I was. I meant to tell her I love Oolong's nose, but that isn't what came out of my mouth. And Pam, you look terrific - I think I need to check out that Lazyman regime of yours. Karen, you are so much taller than I thought you would be! I don't know why I expect people to be closer to my height - I'm only 5 feet tall on a good day with thick socks, so most people tower over me. I'm so sorry that I didn't ask to have a picture taken with all of you, and I hope next time there is a meet up I will be able to spend more time with all of you.

So, what did I buy? Honestly, not a lot. I had budgeted a certain amount and I didn't even spend half that. That isn't to say that there wasn't nice stuff there because there certainly was, but not much screamed to me that I had to buy it. I wonder if there was a colour trend going on - I love bright vibrant stuff, and it seemed like much of what I saw was more muted or was in colourways I already owned. Ha! Maybe that is it - my stash has hit a saturation point (Jeez, don't tell my husband that!)

Ellen's Half Pint Farm 50% silk/50% merino dk in 'Rose Garden.' This is the same colourway I knit my misbegotten Jaywalker socks out of (but different yarn base):

Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm in Rose Garden

My friend Kathy bought this sock yarn for me to thank me for the Kermit the Frog socks. It is also Pucker Brush Farm superwash sock yarn, and coincedently, also in colours Kathy likes:

Pucker Brush Farms Superwash sock yarn

This might be my favourite yarn from yesterday's haul. It is from The Barefoot Spinner and I wish I had picked up more (I had been trying to pace myself). There is an lighter swath on one end that didn't get as much dye and I am absurdly excited to knit it up and see what it looks like:

Sock Yarn from The Barefoot Spinner

And the last bit of yarn I bought was from the Creatively Dyed stall - Calypso yarn in the 'Barbuda' colourway. My photo above isn't the best because of the fading sun, but it reminds me of a rose garden:

Creatively Dyed Calypso in Barbuda

And, of course, you know I can't leave without getting something for Willow - so here is her new sheepdog stuffed animal, who she named Meatballs. I'm running out of toys to get her at these events - I think from now on I am just going to buy her yarn and get her a hope chest to put it in. Just think what vintage STR will be worth in twenty years!

Meet My New Friend

As I mentioned above, I have a new camera - my five-year anniversary gift from my company. I'm still trying to learn how to use it - the above shots were taken with the 'cuisine' selection - I kid you not! The description says it is intended for still life, and yarn certainly qualifies for that. It also has a self-portait selection, for when you are taking a picture of yourself while holding the camera:

New camera self-portrait

Do yourself a favour and don't go to Flickr and see the original of that picture. No one needs to see my skin close up like that.


kemtee said...

I couldn't find you… and I couldn't find my effing phone, either… waa…

I did, however, have a blast.

Trillian42 said...

I was so glad we ran into you! It was such a zoo yesterday that we missed people.

And thanks. *blush* It feels pretty darn good, I gotta tell you! :)

turtlegirl76 said...

HAHAHAHA! A hope chest with vintage STR. That cracked me up! You got a great selection of colors! Nice choices!

It was so great seeing you again. I think you're right, next year, we need to do a separate meet up so we all make sure we get a few minutes together and some group pictures!

freshisle said...

Such lovely yarns.
Is there really a saturation point??

Zonda said...

Interesting hope chest it would be :) Bummer you didn't get a lot of time with peeps. Pretty yarns though, my favorite is the Pucker Brush one :)

Bezzie said...

Awwww...I missed you guys!!! Nice haul too.

Don't worry, I felt like a midget last year too. I'm only a whopping 2" taller than you and everyone is HUGE IRL! Ha ha!

IrishGirlieKnits said...

That STR is a nice long term investment...hehehehe..or so I tell myself!

Gorgeous yarns you picked out!! So glad you had a great time!

Virtuous said...

OOh you know Cristi!! :o) She is great!

Thanks for the comment about my shawl on my blog. If you don't mind sending me a quick e-mail so I have yours that would be nice:

Glad you had a nice time at MDSW! I will be reading the whirlwind updates on blogs later today! :o)

Ann said...

Glad you had a good time!
I'm sorry I didn't run into you! one of these days....

Batty said...

All your yarn purchases are gorgeous! I'm glad you had a good time. Maybe next year... then again, I don't see them giving me time off for Rhinebeck AND MDSW. It's tough.