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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sheep and Wool!

Today was my day to go to the Sheep & Wool Festival and I had a great time. I was surprised at a few things. I didn't see the woman spinning the yarn off the angora bunny. I'm not sure if she hadn't set up yet or what. I didn't see as many angora bunnies as they usually have, but I'm not quite sure why that was.
We got there relatively early (about 9:30am) and it was already _packed_. That was surprising. Some of the booths were so packed I couldn't even get in to see what yarn they were selling. Yeah, I don't believe it either, but it's true. One booth was packed with a long line waiting to get in to look at what appeared to be lovely sock yarn. The yarn to buy the sock yarn was even _longer_. I have to admit, I chickened out and didn't go in. Oh, I _tried_ but no way was I going to get in there. oh well.
They increased the number of porta-potties (an important consideration) and added several more ATMs to the festival. I stupidly forgot to get some cash prior to going, so my beloved Craig got cash out for me. There were more boothes for more vendors. It seemed they cut down on where the fleeces were or maybe they just put it in a different barn.
I particularly liked the 2007 logo. Some years, it just doesn't cut it for me, but this year was pretty cool. I didn't even think about standing in line for that - that line was _way_ too long.
I got some yarn (not a lot, I'm not sure why) a book and some cards. Oh yeah, and I bought some sheep trim, it looks like it's from the 70s;) I intend to put that on a pair of my jeans. Poor Craig had to pry the stickpin out of the trim - it had rusted in there.
Of course, I'm thinking "hey, I should have gotten this or that" and also "what about that vendor - the one with the clay pins?" but I'm not going back tomorrow. I know that I should buy whatever it is I see because there's a good chance it won't be there if I decide to go back for it. After all, there is a limited supply of the items.
I wore my "all your yarn are belong to me" t-shirt (shameless plug for my Cafe' Press store) and got lots of good feedback from it. All in all, a great day. Each year, I think "hey, I should rent a room closer to the Howard County Fairgrounds" but I realize that would give me less money to spend on yarn;) Plus they are probably booked years in advance. Maybe I could sleep on somebody's front lawn on that stretch of road;)

now on to the Payton update:
Payton was moved to Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital last night. His skin grafts took "100%" and he is completely healed (physically). He will be in Mount Washington Pediatric for about a week of intensive physical therapy. He walked a few steps today, but they mostly worked on having him crawl (I guess to get used to using those muscles). They are now expecting him to be out of Mt. Washington in about a week, The physical therapy will continue after he goes back home, but for now, things look good.
If you mailed a card to Johns Hopkins, don't worry, they will forward it to his house. Thanks for your support in all this mess.


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