Monday, May 07, 2007

Postcard from Maryland

Dear Mo,
I'm having a hard time putting together a post about MDSW without repeating everything every other blogger has said about the day: the long lines, the cute animals, the great weather, and of course, all the amazing yarn.

I took the bus from Rosie's Yarn Cellar, and since I have a "in" with a certain bus captain, I managed to snag a seat on the much-coveted Early Bus. This was a great way to travel, since our bus driver was particularly disinclined to sit in the long lines of traffic to get into the fairgrounds, and well, it was a bus full of knitters, so you know that you'll have something to talk about.

I had sort of planned most of my purchases, and for the most part, I stuck with my plans, and gave myself enough room for impulse purchases as well. It did seem for a moment that I bought an obscene amount of yarn, but the Back Bou was kind enough to point out that I spent less on yarn than Mr. S's and my dinner at Tru, and have no useful garments to show for that!

I was also so excited to meet up with certain bloggers and spend time with my IRL knitting friends. I finally got to meet Minty (and her Mom!), and was pleasantly surprised to see Nova there as well (with her absolutely darling son and hubby, too).

But the true highlight of MDSW for me was getting to spend the day with Ann and her family. I could have been absolutely anywhere for the day with her gang and would have had fun. Hell, I could have even been in a yurt and been totally satisfied with my day. Throwing in the incredible yarn was truly just a bonus to a day with my dear, dear friend.

The only thing missing? The only thing keeping the day from being perfect?

You, of course. We missed you terribly.

So do you want to see the haul?

a gigantic hank of Prime Alpaca

Tess Supersock & Baby

From Brooks Farm

two skeins of Acero for some man-socks

A sweater's worth of FourPlay

The Bargains of the Day

A ton of alpaca laceweight

Two skeins of Terra from the bargain bin

Do you want to know what we bought for you?

Four skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery's Sylvan Spirit

We each got four skeins for our next XRK KAL. This time, it will be a yarn-along! More matching outfits, I say!

There were a couple hanks of Spirit Trail sock yarn that are not cooperating with the camera, but they are lovely as well.

But now I do think it might be time to reinstitute a Summer of Stash...


Mintyfresh said...

I was so thrilled to finally meet you, and happy to have met Ann, too! I just know that I'll love Mo, too, when/if I eventually get to meet her too.

Can't wait to see your matching outfits, and all you knit that yarn up into!

pamela wynne said...

Sigh. I could look at that Primero all day long. Beautiful goodies you got!

Mo said...

For ME!!!! You guys are the best. Everything is soooo lovely. You did good.

iSeL said...

I didn't get to meet you, but I know we will, eventually. :D
You got some beautiful stuff.

Sally said...

Ah, I've been waiting for this post. Gotta love the yarn pr0n. Can't wait to go next year, save me a seat on the bus!!

Anonymous said...

I purchased some Acero because of you, my husband thanks you. I have the same pinkish laceweight alpaca yumminess, it will be fun to knit. It was so great to meet you and see your Chevron scarf in real life!

Dorothy said...

Beautiful yarns! I love the laceweight best though.

Yurt! I had never heard of it, but now I think it would be fun to build one. I am childish enough to love saying Yurt too. Yurt. I need to get out without children more.

Lolly said...

I could kick myself for missing you. If I had only arrived earlier... but at the same time, I am happy to hear (and see) the things you did and the pretty items you bought. Tess! mmmm

Yep, SoS is a must after MDSW. That is what I was hoping you would say!

Ann said...

Liz, you turn a great yarn day into a fantabulous yarn day! The whole fam enjoyed the heck out of MDSW!

Theresa said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty pretty yarn. sigh... I wish I could have gone.

Anonymous said...

I could kick myself too for not meeting you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The yarn you scored is so totally drool-worthy.

Hannah said...

I so wish I'd seen you there! Let's plan to meet next year for sure.