Sheep and Wool and Ravelers! Oh My!

by Aimee on May 5, 2008

This past weekend I was lucky enough to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool – what a fun time! I headed out on Friday morning at the ass crack of dawn and picked up Gannet around 9 in Durham. From there, we headed up to Baltimore where we were meeting up with Team Rav! We got to Suzanne‘s house about 2 and hung out with the crew – Kim, Courtney, Kate and Suzanne – more would come later…

About 5:30, Kim and I headed over to MamaE’s C*Eye*ber Fiber Open House! The first person I saw was Michelle of The Sweet Sheep!
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Jess, Jen and the lot of us had a great time looking at yarns – the building where the studio is can be deceiving – it looks abandoned from the outside, but it is a really cool converted warehouse – I would love to have a studio there!

Coming back we saw this gem…
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I don’t think that I need to comment on it any further, but I have to say that there were some great signs around Baltimore.

Suzanne made a fantastic spaghettie dinner for us – then Jess, Casey and Mary-Heather arrived with Frecklemom.
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We finally got the rest of Jess and Casey’s christmas present to them.
(Suzanne is in the foreground, and that is Courtney hiding in the back!)
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Here we have Kim, Jess and Kate – Naomi is laying down in the background.
We hung out, chilled and knit a little until time to sleep – oh there was some wine, but we aren’t talking about that…

Saturday we headed over to the festival.

We ate some lamb – I had the lamb sausage. It was YUM!
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Erin and her boyfriend had the Lamb burgers. They came in late late Friday night.
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I met Jethro the 7 mo old Alpaca
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and some very sweet kids
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I ran into Carmen who lives in Kansas City!
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I got no pics at the Ravelry Meetup on Saturday because we were THAT busy handing things out! I did some shopping – most of it was gifts, so I can’t show it, but this little gift for Leslie I can show since I sent her pics already.
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She actually asked for a pound of roving and I said I would be happy to pick something out and send it on!
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Then we went to the Sheraton to chill and get ready for the Ravelry Party. While there we gave Suzanne her birthday present because, well, it was her birthday!
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We each knit her a square and it is being seamed up for her – it turned out really well! Suzanne cried. It was a good cry, we loves her.

The Boy played with some cards.
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Then he went for a roll down the hill – sadly I got him as he was getting up – Erin and I were cracking up!
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Next it was time for the Ravelry Party!

The sponsors were AWESOME and had a lot of prizes for us!

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There are more photos of the prize table in my photostream on flickr if you want to see them!

It rained, so we moved everything inside and got on with the festivities!
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We sang Suzanne Happy Birthday!
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And Casey had a good time!
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He deserved it!!!

Sunday I got up early and had breakfast with my college roommate, Cara, her husband and 6 month old little girl. Yeah – bad blogger, no pictures, but it was good to see Cara and to meet Dave and Mallory!

Then I headed over to the festival. This time I brought my wheel – on friday I pulled it out and there was a little screw thing that popped out. I stopped at The Yarn Barn and asked about getting it fixed – turns out Gord Lendrum was there and willing to fix my wheel!
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I am pretty sure he thought I was crazy for getting a picture with him – he was gracious enough to allow it – but he doesn’t do autographs (don’t worry, I didn’t ask!) He is fantasticly funny and Erin, the boy and I talked to him for about an hour – the wheel fix took about 3 seconds for him to do! Thank you, Gord!!!!

Mary-Heather was sweet enough to do a podcast interview with me – so look for that coming up!
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I didn’t buy much for me – just two little things. I will put those up in time. This post is already very long. I would like to say thank you to everyone for a wonderful weekend – I had a FANTASTIC time! And I can’t wait until I see everyone again!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne May 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Ha! I beat Erin! It was so awesome to see you! Can’t wait to see you again. The ugly cry!

LaLa May 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I wish I could have gone too! Pout. It looks like you had a great time!

Stacey_CrimsonPurl May 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm

So glad you had a FANTASTIC time!
And I can’t believe you only bought like 2 things!! Wow!

LittleWit May 5, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Soooooooo much fun! We must do it again sometime! :)

And don’t worry my pretty, we shall find a way for all of us to go work for Gord. I am cultivating my evil plan now.

Leslie May 6, 2008 at 12:11 am

I am so ridiculously jealous of your weekend. Grrrrrrrrrr. Would love to meet the brains behind Ravelry. And Gord Lendrum. And to have been at a wool festival in general.

Anyway, color me green.

Brittany Newberry May 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm

WOW!!!! Looks like so much fun!!!!!!

PS – How in the heck do I get to your podcasts????

Jen May 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Are you going for a new job? World Fiber Traveler? I swear you have been everywhere in the past month!

Jane Prater May 7, 2008 at 10:47 am

The last picture says a lot. I haven’t seen you look that happy in a long time. Travel, yarn, Gord, whatever it takes.

Witchypoo May 8, 2008 at 9:30 am

Hi I followed the post from Ravelry over here, just to see the pic of Gordon! He is too cute. What a fab weekend you had, I am pea green with envy.

Cara May 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

Hey! It was great seeing you! As soon as we left, I made a comment to Dave that I forgot to take a picture!! Oh well. I won’t let it go another 12 years again.

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