Monday, October 21, 2002


So, while the kids fell in love with the Llamas, sheep, cows and goats (Hannah's favorites) I ran amok at the Sheep & Wool Fest. Let me just say, I have the NICEST husband - not only will he chase our kids for an extended period (something not even I am eager to volunteer to do) but he'll take on friend's kids so we can have some shopping time sans babies! What a champ!

After a rainy drive up and a muddy intro to the Festival, we had a chilly first day (the kids were won over by the hay maze and the rides - great strategy!)

We had a wonderful dinner that night at a kitschy faux-diner (but the food was plentiful and GREAT!) called Eveready on Rt. 9 in Hyde Park - they serve the kids meals in cardboard '57 Thunderbirds that the kids can keep - this, in itself, is enough to make it a huge hit with parents!

The next day was sunny, beautiful - everything a Fall day should be! We had such a great time, hooked up with some old friends and met some new ones and bought some BEAUTIFUL dyed boucle from Koenig Farm at a great price - woo hoo!

I saw some BEAUTIFUL stuff - and I'm really tanked to learn spinning (Handwovens of Pennington, watch out!) I was blown away by Spiralworks (Montpelier, VT) felted bowls - I don't know if they have a website, but they're absolutely amazing!

Of course, the fibre was the most amazing part - so much beautiful wool - and so much SILK! I'm nuts about the stuff - loved seeing it dyed in so many extraordinary ways. Just lovely! I especially enjoyed the fibres from Brooks Family Farm (Lancaster, TX) and LOVED meeting the folks at Susan's Fiber Shop (Wisconsin) I also had an amazing peanut butter/chocolate bar with a cup of coffee that was, perhaps, one of the most stellar autumn moments of the year.
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