Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maryland Sheep & Wool '09

Julian and I drove down for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend. I can't believe it's the 4th year in a row we've gone! It's strange too because it tends to be almost all the same vendors set up in exactly the same spots. Makes it seem as if they've never left all year.

Money's been tight so I had to seriously restrain myself this time around. On Saturday I bought a festival t-shirt and totebag. I couldn't resist one yarn purchase and bought the softest most beautiful "Baby Bunny" yarn from Tess' Designer Yarns. Julian bought his third ring from R.E. Piland. You can see it in the pic below:

We caught a sheepdog demo. Wasn't as good as others I've seen b/c it was a young dog who didn't listen to commands all that well but entertaining all the same. I took a video but can't figure out how to upload it on here. You really have to see how these border collies herd the sheep to appreciate it.

Seems like using the flash made all the sheep's eyes bright blue. Pretty cool effect.

It was cold out both days as you can see from these sheep's coats. Sunday was miserable and rainy. We donned our ponchos and rain boots and returned for a few hours.

In a moment of irony we stopped by A.C. Moore on the drive home. I had started a sweater with a couple skeins of Paton's wool from the giveaway bin at the magazine and needed more to continue. I had a moment of deja vu heading back to the White Marsh Mall I used to visit in my college days.

On the way home we stopped for our traditional Sunday night dinner at Cracker Barrel. Hit a bunch of traffic on the way home and the on and off rain didn't help. We had to go a little farther north than home as we'd borrowed my dad's car for the weekend. After returning it we hopped on Metro-North to return to our sheepless city.


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