Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soft Letdown

There were many factors in my reasoning not to attend Maryland Sheep & Wool this year.

1. Moochie.
West Friendship is 3 hours away. That's a long drive with a Mooch. Not totally undo-able (he made it about 1/2 that distance when we took Mom to the airport in Philly earlier this month and he was great), but a PITA because of...

2. Dr. Mad Scientist's Saturday class.
Because Dr. mad Scientist has class Saturday I'd also have to bring Chunky with me. Again, not totally undo-able but if we get stuck in one traffic jam where there's stop and go traffic, Chunky will indeed probably blow chunks.

3. My main partner in crime.
Chris's rooster knee has been bugging her and seeing as both her and Jen (who also due to circumstances beyond her control won't be going) popped my MDS&W cherry last year and can't go this year, it seems wrong to go without them. Jersey girls (no matter where they were born!) have to stick together, ha ha!

Chris and I (assuming it doesn't rain) will be attending NJSASK--New Jersey Sitting and Sans Kids. We sit (no knee pain required) and knit without any kids around. It's gonna be great! Someone remind me to wear my Ravelry button so Chris will be able to know who I am!

Seeing as I would have used the opportunity to stock up on wool for spinning if I had gone to MDS&W, I decided instead to use $65 I had leftover on a $100 Visa Giftcard my bosses got me as a Welcome Back From Maternity Leave We Forgot To Give You This For Christmas Before You Left For Three Months to Pop Out A Baby to go on a mini online shopping spree at Crown Mountain Farms.

My haul included 8 oz. of Corriedale pencil roving in the hideously putrid color "Rasputin":


I also bought 8 ozs. of Shetland wool in Moorit (top left); 4 ozs. of Norwegian top (top right); 4 ozs. of Finn (bottom left) and 4 ozs. of Icelandic wool (bottom right).


I want to dye the Finn and maybe make some Finntens out of them (mittens for a baby named Finn).

It's probably a good thing I didn't go to MDS&W.

After seeing all that I bought at Crown Mountain--I'm not sure there would have been room in the car coming home!


I will miss seeing everyone there!

One person I won't get to see is Val. You might know her from The House of Wool Repute. The same day my fuzzy box came in the mail, a small box containing this lovely came from her for Moochie.


He LOVES it! I've had to pry it many times from his drooly mouth! Thanks Val!

Finally, I leave you with a couple of links regarding the Hamdemic I blogged about earlier:

Hamtastic Alaskan Solution to Swine Flu and
Pimp My Swine Flu Mask

Seriously, if this wasn't the media overracting a true threat, you know I'd be all OVER pimping my mask!

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Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

My sister tried telling me I shouldn't go to MDSW because of the Swine Flu. I laughed.

You'll be missed!

8:15 PM  
Blogger kristi said...

Moochie is a total mini-me-chunkmeister - just gorgeous, that kid!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

So, did the bosses actually fit all of that on the card? :D

And OMG that picture of the Moochman covered in fiber is too damn funny. Those eyes are just saying "Really, Mom? MUST you?"

We're really going to miss you! Hug Chris for me when you get together, k?

9:54 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Its nice that you treated yourself to some fiber instead!! And Moochie seems to like it too :)

4:24 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

That picture of Moochie!! TOO funny!!

Sorry you're not going to be will be missed! I will have to get in on NJSASK one of these days...I'll come up to you and Chris!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I love the fact that Moochie is actually looking up at the camera. "Um, Mom?"

We'll miss you :)

6:10 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I have to forgo the festival this year because of the major electrical work. Sigh....Next year will be here before I know it.

Your bosses seen to expect a lot from you but also seem to be generous. Does it balance out?

7:13 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I'm glad he loves the ball! We'll miss you this weekend! :(

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute pic of the Moochman.

Finntens for Finn, love it & I'm sure they will too.

Designer surgical masks...there's an idea. I get sick of wearing masks at work. Seems like in the past 1-2 years, every other patient I treat has some kind of isolation issue. But not let the infection control police catch not following hospital policy....

Love, Aunt Susan

7:57 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

great fiber haul! i love CMF. it's nice when you can just open a box and BAM! fiber-goodness. it does get tiring walking around all day to get the same feeling.

i hope to go to MDSW someday but it's hard to justify when rhinebeck is so much closer to me. maybe next year.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I'm not sure what I found more hilarious...the idea of a snout-shaped mask in real life, or the baby jesus(?) statue with its "mask."

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I sit on a ball to use my computer? That picture of Moochie with the fiber made me laugh so hard I almost fell off!

Glad that you found something to use your gift card on.

Tell Chunky I like his Hawaiian shirt!

Love, Mom

PS: We have been handing out mask up here for over a month....cause of the volcano....they needed something to keep them out of the landfills....swine flu!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I'm not goin geither. So there will be lots of us waiting for reports from everyone else.

11:41 AM  
Blogger roxy =^o^= said...

*hugs* I was trying to convince Chris that good drugs and a golf cart would get y'all thru this weekend. Will miss you guys much :(

PS - call/text me cell - I need to rebuild my list after stolen phone syndrome last week!!!


11:42 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe..Moochie's a good sport!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Sorry you didn't get to go, but that is one great haul. The Moochie pic is beyond awesome. He's totally chill with being covered in fiber.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

That's the same red Hawaiian shirt that Pie has!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love the picture of Moochie covered in fiber! Poor little guy. He needs a speech balloon saying something like, "HELP!"

9:47 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

It's called Rasputin! OMG, I want some!

Moochie is soooo cute. And I just can't get over the Moochie fiber shot. Baby, fiber... swoon.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Poor Moochie doesn't stand a chance does he? He'll be designing fiber patterns before he can walk ;-)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think some people are totally overreacting about the swine flu. The mayor of a suburb near Cleveland posted a notice on city hall that if anyone comes in exhibiting "flu-like symptoms" that they will be escorted from the building by police! WTF??? And then he said he worries about his city's risk of swine flu exposure because the apartment complex where he lives has a large number of foreign-born people (including some Mexicans), who came here to work/attend school at the nearby hospitals and universities. OK...if a person has not traveled to Mexico lately, how are they any more at risk of getting swine flu than an American-born person is??? What really makes this ridiculous is that the "suburb" this mayor presides over is one of the most crime-ridden places in the Cleveland area, and due to financial problems, has literally only a handful of police officers, and has to have county sheriff's deputies patrolling the streets, because of the limited number of police. Seems to me the mayor has more important things to worry about than swine flu.

Anyway, I don't blame you for not wanting to drive 3 hours with two kids. My parents drove cross-country from Ohio to California (to Disneyland) with 7 kids (me, my brothers and sisters and a foster sister we had at the time) in a station wagon, when I was about 2 or 3, and my oldest sister was 13 or 14. Driving 6 hours to Chicago with my husband and two kids drove me nuts - I couldn't imagine driving cross-country with them. I don't know how my parents handled it, ha, ha!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Wow, nice haul!

4:15 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

What a cute toy! And Mooch Man is just too cute all burried in fiber.

Looks like you got a nice big fiber haul without even leaving home.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

awww, what a cute new toy for mooch!! i love the fluffy fiber!!! i would buy that just to make a see-thru pillow out of it.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Baby and fiber....perfect match....well I mean it depends on the this case perfect match! LOL

12:03 PM  

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