This has definitely been a very busy week - and I've hardly found the time to post! This past weekend, I went to both the Scottish Games and the Bluemont Fair. The weather was absolutely fantastic!
On Saturday, I went to the Scottish Games at Sky Meadows State Park
. The weather was absolutely perfect, and in the rolling hills, it definitely felt like we were in Scotland! For lunch, I had a Meat Pie and an Eccles cake
....and believe it or not, I even tried Haggis
! The park was the perfect venue for this event with with lots of interesting things to watch:
Caber Tossing (Click here to see the video
Men in Kilts
Exhibitions of British Cars
I even worked in a bit of spinning on my spindle as we walked through the vintage car exhibits for a second time! (I'll bet you were wondering how I managed to work knitting or spinning into this adventure!) Hubby was definitely impressed that I could walk and spin at the same time - although it did cause me to walk a bit more slowly!
I discovered a fabulous Celtic Rock band, Rathkeltair
, and bought their latest CD, "Everybody". It's fabulous music and very cheery! I've been listening to it at work this week (along with my CDs of Norwegian Hardanger Fiddling
Sunday, a few of us met for a wonderful lunch at Panera - Catherine, Lisa, Elizabeth, and me so we could exchange information about the latest books and needle purchases that we've made. I'm DEFINITELY lusting after the wooden "Options" needles from Knit Picks - they're gorgeous and have fabulous points! We then decided to take an impromptu trip out to the Bluemont Fair - specifically to see the fiber animals and several of my friends from the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild as well as Gretchen from Solitude Farm.
Sunday too was a wonderful day - perfect weather for a festival! I went a bit crazy taking pictures of several fiber animals - Alpacas, Llamas, Pygoras, and Sheep. (Remember, I'm in a knitting funk right now, so I'm concentrating on other things...like fiber animals, spinning, and the finished objects of my friends!) I ran into Anita at the festival too...she's finished her "Mystery Stole 3" and really likes it! I can't wait to see it! Hopefully she'll bring it to our guild meeting next week!
Remember the adorable "February Sweater" that Jayme finished last week? Well, she's finished a matching hat and little baby socks as well! They're so cute! I just love how the Socks that Rock "Little Bunny Foo Foo" colorway worked up!
I have been concentrating on my spinning - as of Tuesday evenings spinning group, I've managed to nearly fill a second bobbin and am ready to ply tonight! Wahoo! AND....I only have 9.8 oz. of the green multi-colored wool left to spin! (Geez...2 lbs. takes FOREVER to spin!). I've already decided that I want to make a sweater jacket from this wool...and I believe I've finally picked a pattern as well - the "Samus" from Knitty
. I just LOVE the edging! (Ferol...see, I've finally come around to cabling!!!)