Eye Candy?

…this may or may not be eye candy to you but to me, this is eye candy AND a vacation. Spending three days with my wheel at a car show can be pretty relaxing. Even if you don’t like cars, at the very least, it’s time you can spend knitting or spinning (or blogging, hehe). ;o)

Spinning @ the car show

(taken with my Blackberry…)

I do have a couple of things to ask while I’m away – first, I’d like Bloglines to update my feed like I’ve been asking for a week and a half (seriously, EIGHT emails and no reply – and I’m not the only one having a problem and getting nowhere with them. Bloglines sucks. Google Reader is THE way to go**) and second, I’ve been hearing that my blog is loading veerrryyy slooowly. If you are having an issue please let me know so I can try to fix it! (on Monday *grin*) Thanks!

**I say Google Reader because it’s my personal favorite but there are many other RSS readers out there – if you look to your right at my list over yonder –> (under Subscribe…) you’ll see some options other than Bloglines. They are seriously the. worst. RSS reader out there. Bottom line, they have terrible customer service which is something that really annoys the heck out of me and because of that, they don’t deserve the usage they get. /rant (thanks for listening, hehe)

Two things…

…happened last weekend: The Adirondack Nationals and the VT Sheep & Wool Festival. I managed to go to both. We have been going to the carMain Street LG - Daytime
show every year for ever but only during the past two years have I been able to get a day pass for VT. (RR has been going to the show since before I was in the picture and he was even there for the infamous show of 1992 where they had to call in the National Guards or something because someone *gasp* did a burnout (being a bit Chevy
sarcastic there – one year was a riot however I don’t remember which one but yes, he was there and has the t-shirt to prove it) ANYway…I went to both and had a pretty good time – even if I didn’t drink…much. ;o)

One reason I didn’t get to do a lot of car show stuff this year was because RR didn’t get home from Denver until Friday morning so we didn’t get to Lake George until Friday afternoon. We usually arrive on Thursday afternoon so we missed almost an entire day of the festivities AND RR was exhausted from not sleeping for 24-ish hours. He was tons of fun by dinnertime, though. *ahem*

Saturday dawned muggy and rainy (ugh) but I managed to drag myself out of bed and leave by 8:30 which meant I’d arrive at the Sheepy fest around 11 – just late enough for all the good stuff to be gone. ;o) (for some reason RR didn’t get up with me and go to breakfast this year…wonder why? I’m thinking sleep deprivation and…beer. *eg*) Because it ended up being so freaking hot I ended up wandering around only a little. So hot, in fact, that my brain was baked and I completely forgot I had a camera strapped to me. I visited with Judy for a while at her booth, said hello to Merlin Tree Dave, threw some money at Amy, bought a spindle that I’d been lusting after for a while, saw Pippi and Di (and Di’s blogless friend…Marianne?? Bad with names, that’s me) for quick hello’s and headed back to LG. Pretty quick trip. Oh, you might want to see what I purchased?

Golding Spindle

Hot Rod

From the top down we have: a wrist distaff purchased from Judy (made by her significant other) with some of Amy’s Merino/Tussah (that I though was Merino/Bamboo…that’s what I get for not reading the labels that are ON the fiber), my new Golding spindle, Amy’s Super Sport sock yarn in the colorway, “Hot Rod” to commemorate the car show weekend (the ‘Super Sport’ was a big hit with the Chevy crowd) and finally some superwash merino in the ‘Ravelry’ colorway.

When I got back to my hotel I found RR ensconced with ‘the crew’ and the nephews being smart:

Cooling Off

After dinner we walked around a bit and then watched the fireworks:

Main Street LG - 'The Cruise'
Up in the air...colors...

What a freaking madhouse, eh? I couldn’t deal with it all so I went back to the room early and spun while listening to the end of Magic Study – because, of course, I had brought Amelia.

I’m going to close now since I think I’ve overloaded you all – or at least I’ve overloaded myself!

Okay so it wasn’t *all* bad…

…I did manage to get a few inches done on Anchors Away! (I hate that name) and an inch or so on my sox…AND…I have lured one more knitter into the fold…

That is Tricia knitting away (she’s sort-of my niece – she’s the daughter of Roger’s brother’s girlfriend…dontcha love our new age of divorced families?)  The kid on the right is Hunter and the one at the end of the bed is Cody – they are the children of another good friend of ours.

There were also fireworks that we could watch – not run away from!

this is a Big Deal when the only fireworks you have seen in quite a while were the last five seconds of the finale because you’ve spent the last 45 minutes with a lit flare running around screaming ‘six!’ or ‘four!’ (the size of the shells) or ‘oh shit!’ (that one thank God not as much) and had to run like hell to get to a spot where you can look up without being blinded by burning bits.

we also had a visitor when we were unloading the car…

I’ve been thinking about this past weekend and trying to figure out why it wasn’t as fun as the other shows and I think I figured it out.  We didn’t bring our truck and so weren’t able to take part in alot of what makes this show awesome.  They have a cruise on Friday and Saturday night where only show cars can drive up and down the main ‘drag’ and that is my favorite part – however, since we didn’t have a car we couldn’t be involved other than to watch and live vicariously through friends who did bring their cars.

Anyway, I’m in a much better mood today and might have some more Madli photos for you soon ;o)