if it’s the second saturday in september, that can mean one thing and one thing only:
mom and i figured out that we have been attending the knitter’s fair every year since [we think] 1994. we have only missed ONE year (2002) when i was away on a vacation! we are very proud of our track record. this year was one of the wettest, weather-wise (the rain was BUCKETING down when i got up in the morning; happily, by early aft, the sun was shining!).upon arriving at bingeman’s, we discovered that next year there will be a change in venue:
and something else new this year…
mom and i have a touring method that we use every year: we circle each ballroom to see what’s available – we look only, except if we see a deal of the century, then we purchase immediately. i kid you not, booth number FIVE, and mom found the first deal-i-o of the day!
i did not have any specific missions in mind, this year. if i happened to find a blanket to make for the mcc relief sale next may, that would be great; if i found sweaters for little e and cutie c, that would be bonus, but i was not searching for anything in particular…
[mom's intention for the day was to stock up on yarns for project linus blankets and prayer shawls...as you shall see, she should be set for the next twelve months!...]
two more afghan possibilities???…
whew, we needed a break at this point, as you can well imagine. a coffee/tea stop hit the spot! we also made a run back out to the rav to drop off the mega-bags
we mom had accumulated. yarn is heavy!
regardless of the weather, i ALWAYS wear a handknit to the fair…my $4 sweater drew quite the compliments this year!
and the yarn of the year award goes to…this silk blend from zen yarn garden. oh my gosh, i have never felt yarn so soft, silky, luxurious…($35 a skein!!):
the “if-money-were-no-object” project…
…but at ~$150 for the kit, i passed it by, boo hoo.
it took me a while to decide what i wanted to do…in the end, i concluded that the briggs & little deal was giving me the best vibe:
[the briggs & little vendor was absent last year. when we commented to the guy that we were so happy he was back, he said they will be returning EVERY year from now on as they are moving from quebec to ontario. yippee!].
the day’s celebrity moment: while we were lunching, featured guest speaker, the yarn harlot, passed within six feet of us! i totally chickened out of asking stephanie for a photo. i don’t know why??? i am not shy, but i couldn’t find the gumption to approach her! photo opp failure!
truly, all i want to do with my free time now is knit and read (i’m into jennifer weiner’s fly away home and sue grafton’s r is for ricochet) or knit and watch foodnetwork -> knitter’s fair always fires me up, creatively!
what a great, fun, ♥ happy ♥ saturday. our calendars are marked for next year (september 14th!).
btw, this is blog post number 700!! so…if i blog three times a day starting now, i could hit one thousand by my birthday!