Showing posts with label Brigit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brigit. Show all posts

Monday, May 6, 2013

Maryland Sheep And Wool Festival 2013

We got home yesterday at about 7pm and I'm still pooped!

What a great great day! Glenn, Brigit and I left at 5:30 am yesterday and got to the gate at almost exactly 9am as they were opening the festival for the day. Brige and I walked around and did some shopping before meeting up with Rich. Brigit had never been to a fiber festival before so it was fun to experience it with a first timer. She's primarily a sock knitter so we were looking for the same stuff which was a lot of fun because I think she opened my eyes to things I may not have purchased if I'd been on my own. We laughed and walked. Listened to some music, watched spinners and squeezed yarn. There was so much to see and it's almost overwhelming but not quite. We met up with Rich and did more shopping. Then we met up with Alexis who I know from Twitter. She came all the way from Oklahoma for the weekend just for the festival! She was an absolute delight. I wish she lived closer so we could get our knit on together. We were there for about five hours and it still wasn't enough but we had a long drive back so we had to get on the road. All in all a great day. Beautiful weather, great people and oodles of yarn. Who could ask for more?

Ok the loot:

I did good, huh? There's some old stand bys for me like Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, some Miss Babs, Neighborhood Fiber Co and some knoobies like Persimmon Tree Farm. Actually Persimmon was the only new purchase for me. At Rhinebeck I'm going to make more of an effort to purchase yarns I've never worked with before. I like to spread the love but find some yarns irresistible especially BMFA. For me, it's difficult to pass by something I really love and give something new a shot but I really have to try to do that especially at festivals where I can speak to the dyer and play with the yarn a bit.

Oh and if you ever see this:

Do yourself a favor and get it with the works which consists of cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, chives and jalapenos. I could only have a small portion but it was so friggin worth it.

And as always a big thank you to the best husband ever, Glenn. The one who drives 3 hours to take me to a yarn festival even though he has no interest in yarn. Who gives me money to shop for said yarn. Who doesn't get mad when I say "Just a minute! I'm counting!" And who shares my ribbon chips with me so I don't eat to much. He really is the shiz.

Monday, November 12, 2012


I recently became reacquainted with an old friend of mine, Brigit. She and I hadn't seen each other in quite some time so it was great fun to see her again. I told her about my knitting obsession and she said she liked to knit too! She hadn't knit in a long while and was interested in picking it up again. I told her about sock knitting and she thought she'd love it. I gave her some yarn and a set of double pointed needles and picked out a pattern for her. She had some experience so I wanted to give her something that wouldn't bore her but something not too difficult. I figured Hermione's Every Day Socks by Erica Lueder would fit the bill. Boy did they! Here's Brigit's first sock:

Isn't it great? She was so happy when it was done that she whipped off her shoe and sock and put it right on. Perfect fit! I had seen something she knit before and knew she was a good knitter but she's picking up new things at an amazing rate. She needed minimal help and she got this done in no time. She had to rip it down a couple of times in the beginning but I think that was just because she was a bit rusty. Once she got the hang of it she was knitting like a champ. I'm really impressed with how quickly she picked it up. Sock knitting is a bit different than knitting a scarf or sweater but you'd never know it watching Brigit knit this sock. And the best part of all is that she loves knitting socks! It's great to find someone you really like who also loves to do something you like to do. She really has a love for this and you can see the joy in her face when she's knitting. We've been meeting at our new local coffee shop to knit together. One day we were there for five hours! They may start charging us rent.

This weekend we went to Purl Soho so Brigit could get some yarn and needles. She's got a few knitting projects in mind for Christmas presents including three pairs of socks. At first I didn't think she'd be able to finish the socks before Christmas but now I'm thinking she'll get it done without a problem! She picked out some gorgeous yarns and a few sets of needles and then we went knitting.