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…the one with all the interviews.

Inara And Kaylee

This week, our directive is 10 People You Would Like to Interview (living people) (btw this would never happen because I suck at interviewing, just sayin’).  Ready?

1.  President Obama

2.  Will Smith (this is R’s contribution, he’s impressed with Smith’s ability to go from dorky teen singer to pretty awesome guy)

3.  Michael Waltrip (he’s my favorite NASCAR driver – I’ve been a fan of his since the late 90’s.  He’s just a nice guy and considering some of that jackasses that have started driving since I’ve been watching racing, that’s pretty impressive to me)

4.  Nathan Fillion (if this happened, I’d probably need to be held back from…well, making an idiot of myself)

5.  J.K. Rowling (I’m a pretty big HP fan)

6.  Jim Butcher

7.  Alton Brown

8.  George Lucas

9.  Mike Rowe (though I’d need the same stipulation as #4.  There might be licking.  Don’t judge me.)

10.  Any of the guys from Deadliest Catch  (no licking though, they’d probably taste all fishy…)

Okay, that’s my list!  What do you guys think?

That photo up there is of some lovely fiber I just purchased from Woolen Mill St Yarns on Etsy.  The top one is Inara, the bottom Kaylee.  She has yarn too for the non-spinners ;o)



Was, of course, wonderful.  There was a weather ‘issue’ and it was a little chilly but it was warm and not raining in the barns which was all I cared about.  ;o)

I’m having trouble coming up with a cohesive post since there is so. much. so I’m going to completely steal from Carole and go with a random post.  Ready?

I had a great time walking around with Risa, Carole, Sharon, Kathy, Manise, Kim and Hillary on both days.  Saturday was ohmygawd crowded but Sunday was pretty awesome.

Seeing lots of my friends on both daysunfortunately only for quick moments. (and some I did not see at all…some I heard rumors of their attendance and some I did see but completely forgot to link to since I kinda suck at the remembering thing…sorry…)

Blurry Sheep...

Dinner at the Coyote Grill on Saturday night was totally worth arriving home at midnight in a semi-comatose state (only to get up at some ungodly hour on Sunday to do it all again).  I had the *somewordIcan’tpronouncebutSharondidsothewaitressfiguredoutwhatIwanted* tuna.  Yum.  I looked forward to having that dish for a whole year (I had it last year).

Autumn colors

Rhinebeck Color

Rhinebeck Color

The shopping.  I didn’t do too much on Saturday:

Rhinebeck Purchases - Day 1

…but I made up for it on Sunday:

Rhinebeck Purchases - Day 2

ETA:  I’ve been totally busted.  The green and blue skein of yarn in the first picture?  There are actually 20 skeins total.  Enough for two sweaters.  *ahem*  and the Abby Batts were in the Carolina Homespun booth where Morgaine could keep a close eye on them.  ;o)

My favorite purchase?  The Abby batt (in the plastic baggie) and my new spindle.  Olive wood.  So pretty…

Jazzy’s favorite purchase?

I...smell...BACON!  ;o)

The bacon flavored treats I bought because I had to leave them home and crated all day.  :o(

The rain kinda sucked on Sunday and I thought it was fitting that this was what was playing when I got in the car to drive to the fairgrounds:

Unfortunately, this is how Sunday began...

I met Guido of ‘It’s a Purl Man‘ fame on Sunday and did a little voice blurb thingy from the fest.  (mine is the Oct 18 2:30 pm one)

by Sunday most of these:

Bags for Rhinebeck

had found new homes!  ;o)

I think that covers it?  Who knows, I probably missed like eleventeen really important things that happened – my brain was so fried from exhaustion that when I got home on Sunday?  I slept for three. hours.

Okay…going to go pet my new spindle…

…the one with all the enhancement.

Stash enhancement, that is. ;o)

When Risa arrived on Friday, the second thing she did (after admiring my peonies – Tina, you can stop giggling now  – and laughing at my dogs) was throw yarn at me.  I know!

Handspun from Risa

This yarn began as roving I gave to her a couple of months ago, never expecting to see it again.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  It’s a true three-ply and the first she’s ever done.  How lucky am I?  ;o)

Next up are the fest acquisitions:

Wool Peddlar BFL 'Barnwood'
Wool Peddlar Superwash Merino "Enchanted"

Spunky Eclectic Superwash Merino "Rocky Mtn High"
Spunky Eclectic Merino/Bamboo "Potluck"

The above was purchased at Massachusetts S&W (if you click after the whole page loads, you can click through all the photos on this post like a slideshow).  From left to right:  Wool Peddler BFL in “Barnwood”, Wool Peddler Merino in “Enchanted”, Spunky Eclectic Superwash Merino in “Rocky Mountain High” and Spunky Eclectic Panda (Merino/Bamboo) in “Potluck”.  I bought one more Spunky Panda hank-o-roving but since I’m spinning it already (on Emma), my living room is a cave and the sun has disappeared, I couldn’t take a picture of that one yet.

I didn’t mention in my last post that I took Risa to visit Colorful Stitches on Friday.  I also neglected to mention that some yarn happened to jump into my bag while I was there:

Madelinetosh Sock
Lacey Lamb "French Blue"

Madelinetosh and Lacey Lamb.  So pretty…even prettier is the hostess gift from Tamara of Spincerely Yours:

Spincerely Yours 'blueberry'

It freaking sparkles, how cool is that?  ;o) (she made it, even.  If you follow that link to her Etsy shop up there ^ odds are good you can get some of your own…)

This past weekend was the Massachusetts Sheep & Wool fest in Cummington.  It was decided many moons ago that Risa was going to be visiting – which made the weekend even more exciting!

She arrived on Friday and the first thing I did was drag her into the back yard to show her this:

Friday's flowers...

(you know, because that’s what she came up here for, to see my garden. Not.)  There’s seven blooms this year, which is a record.  I *heart* this plant!

The next thing she saw was this:

Running ...

Jazz?  Is nuts.  (she’s the one on the left, Beanie’s the little one on the right) She runs and runs and runs and runs then stops and then runs some more after she bites at Beanie and gets her mad enough to  chase her again.  Nuts.

Then RR came home and Jazzy showed off her mad skillz (she jumps into your arms on command now – most of the time.  *ahem*):

Jazzy Jump-Up

and her tongue.  She has serious tongue.  And jump skillz.  ;o)

Then there were many hours of spinning, eating and watching of movies.  We went to bed kinda early because…well, because I’m old and fall asleep after the 11 o’clock news and because we had to get up early the next morning to get to the fest….

…where we saw the usual suspects (and blog free Manise and Sharon – and I hope I didn’t forget anyone but I probably did and I’m sorry, we all know I have no memory and I suck) …and sheep and wool and wheels and stuff and more stuff and…and…well, I’m just going to show you more pictures:

Sheep ...

The hill...

So predictable...

Is it Christmas?

Those last two?  You can’t get any more predictable than that.  (Risa buying Neopolitan flavored roving and Laurie cleaning out the fleece sale) ;op

Then I had a little get-together at the house where I may have imbibed a drinky or two and completely forgot to use the camera.  Oopsies.  Though there are some pictures here (scroll down…you can see Sarah and Tamara and Michelle and Harriet and Tim and Diane (blog-free)…and…and…I think that’s it).

Oh and you’re just going to have to wait ’til Friday to see what I bought…and what was gifted to me.  ;o)


…the one with even more nature, some yarn and a big thank you.  ;o)

Another macro shot

I brought home some yarn from a little trip to Halcyon Yarn:

Jaggerspun Wool/Silk DK

Jaggerspun wool/silk DK^

Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool/Silk

…and Jaggerspun Zephyr wool/silk ^.  I’m thinking maybe a new CeCe (I totally hate the blue/green one on my project page) and some kind of lacy scarf.

ETA: I had a couple of requests for a review of Halcyon Yarn so I decided to add it to this post.

Halcyon was a nice experience.  It is housed in an older building in Bath, ME in the middle of a commercial district right off of the highway.  It’s pretty easy to find if you have a GPS.  ;o)  When you first walk in, you are hit with the visual smack of a wall full of Lamb’s Pride and the usual racks of books and some racks full of skeins of Noro and Noro sock yarn.  There is a small rack of Malabrigo, also which fascinated me for a few minutes.  (I can’t resist a pettable yarn and Malabrigo is infinitely pettable)  R and I wandered around looking at everything they offered – I thought they carried Koigu but I was mistaken.  If they had, it would have been a much less expensive visit.  ;op  Behind the wall of Lamb’s Pride there are ceiling-high shelves full of cones of their signature yarns and Jaggerspun.  We spent the better part of an hour in there, most of which I spent trying to decide on colors.  There are so many choices, it’s a bit overwhelming.  RR definitely gets points for patience!

Overall it’s a nice space of which they use every inch, it is packed full of fiber and yarn (mostly yarn).  It struck me as a very traditional shop that has tried to move into the 21st century with some of their yarn choices (the Noro and Malabrigo) but mostly carries yarns that would work best on a loom.

Last but definitely not least, thank you all SO MUCH for all your good wishes!!  You guys made my week!  I’m totally on cloud nine and not coming down anytime soon and it’s all your fault.  ;o)

Have a great weekend everyone!  For those of you who are interested in shop updates, you might want to click over there on Monday nightish…just sayin’

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