Hey kid...did you have fun?
We did, we did! Anne and I left bright an early on Friday morning. Well, maybe I wasn't very 'bright'. A party at the condo across they way resulted in my having 3 hours of sleep. Smith, my hero, went over and with a veiled threat, was able to empty the house in nothing flat of about 30 noisy teens. We hope the threat was enough that they will not try to party there again. (The house is usually empty and owned by one of their
momsters mothers.) Anyway, Anne and I were on the road, heading up I-80, by 6:30 a.m. We shared the driving, gabbed the whole way and arrived in Windsor 8 hours later. We surprised Cathy, who had expected us later in the day and who was in the process of entertaining others with a tea party. Cathy is so sweet and generous. The first thing she did was hand both Anne and I a gift. Mine was some beautiful roving and a spindle that M made just the night before! It's wonderful and makes me even more determined to learn to spin.
The ever fantastic and wonderful Snow fetched me for dinner after her long work day and we headed off to meet Kristi and other
fiber freaks members of their Stitch 'n Bitch. It was a ball to be with them and to eat ourselves silly at a great Italian restaurant. Snow is a true 'hostest with the mostest' and Kristi was as sweet as people can be. It felt like being with long time pals, which seems to happen often in Blogland. Snow made sure I had a good nights sleep so I was ready for fun the next day.
Saturday morning Kristi, Snow and I set off for the Estes Park Wool Market and became total immersed in fiber thrill. The market building was packed inside and out with fiber seeking maniacs. Estes Park is so beautiful and nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The Big Thompson River flows through the canyon (which is breath taking) and while I've heard the song about the 1976 flood , I never realized where the river was. It was flowing high, as all rivers in the west are at the moment, but nothing like that tragic day.
There is nothing like going to a wool market to bring you 'back' to Woolcentricity. Sadly, I didn't meet up with any of the Denver bloggers, as I think we all had our noses to the wool. There were so many wonderful vendors! Grayce, of Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co., had left a comment so I had to search her out right away. It was great to meet her and see the beautiful wool that is 'to live for'! It was so hard to choose. I could have come home with a dozen of her sport and lace weight yarns as the colors were so gorgeous. She was nearly out of yarn by the end of the day. If you are going to Taos for the Wool Festival make sure you run by her booth early in the day for the best selection.
Ha, ha! I fool you all! That is not MY wheel it is the 'Knitting Fool' Kristi's. Go congratulate her on a fabulous find! The roving isn't mine either! I did buy a very nice Greensleeves spindle from Bountiful and will be trying my hand at spinning (again) soon. You'll see the spindle and 'yarn porn' in tomorrow's post. Yes, I did buy yarn (oh yes, lots of gorgeous yarn), but yarn is not a step into the 'dark side'.
Loveland and Windsor are in the high plains of Colorado. The area is mostly agricultural and beautifully green with the mountains off in the distance. Early Sunday morning, while driving to Cathy's to pick up Anne I snapped this picture. It was so peaceful, so beautiful and had full accompaniment from a symphony of bird song...a very nice memory, indeed.
So, who's coming next year?!