There’s this little wool festival that happens every year in Maryland. Anyone ever heard of it? It hasn’t been around that long (started in 1974) and not that many people go (wikipedia says only 70K people went in 2003). It’s not like there’s a ton of yarn, wool, sheep and craft vendors or like they have sheep shows, sheep shearing contests, workshops and displays, or anything like that.
Oh wait. Yeah, they do. It’s the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and it’s kind of a big deal. Somehow, I’ve only been to it once–and that time was before I even moved to Maryland. Not sure what I’ve been up to for the last nine years, but that’s all about to change. I’ll be there on Saturday (May 7) with my mom in tow, and possibly the kidlet and wifey as well. My mom jokingly referred to the Fest as “sheep dip”, hence the title. I’m hoping that I will have finished my Miller’s Daughter shawl by then as I really want to wear it. If you’re going and want to say hi, just look for the edison bulb lace panels and the blue cane!
I’m doing as much knitting on my Miller’s Daughter as I can. I am in complete and utter love with the colors and how it’s working up. I was pretty sure I was crazy to knit a giant shawl in laceweight on US4s, but I’m super stoked about the results. Here’s a glimpse at how it’s looking so far:
I am still in job notification limbo but the word on the street is that I will hear something on Tuesday. In the meantime, I’m doing everything I can to stay positive. This view of my backyard helps, a lot:
A couple of days ago I saw an owl sitting on the top of the dead tree in the center of the pic. Just sitting there, looking around, chillin’. It was awesome. Last week we saw a fox catch a squirrel and every couple of days we see a troop of deer meandering around. It’s enough to lower one’s blood pressure a smidge.