Sheep and Wool 2006, yo!

Despite the initial sadness at having to miss out on QT with Carrie, AND despite it all ending (for me) in a LOVELY 36 hour bout of FOOD POISONING (or viral infection, you pick!), I still had a pretty KICK-ASS WEEKEND at Maryland Sheep & Wool!!!!!

The shopping was fab, but it was mostly the company that made it so awesome!! I got to shack up with a bunch of hotties now becoming known as The Homewood Suite Girls – Anne Marie, Jess, Maya, Jen, Heather, Betsy, Kate, Paula, Sarah, Sarah, and Amy!!! Seriously? For 12 girls in ONE giant suite, I’m mad impressed at HOW DRAMA FREE it all was!!! We all got along GREAT! GIVE IT UP FOR BIG-ASS KNIT BLOGGER SLUMBER PARTIES!!!!

It was also really great to hook up with a bunch of other ladies who stopped by our crazy-ass suite party — Cheryl, Lolly, Jenna, Holly (who I see every week, but I love just as much), Dani, Elspeth and Jodi.

While I didn’t get as much QT with everyone I wanted to (always happens that way. nothing you can do about it), I do think I managed to at least see and talk to everyone!!!

Saturday started with me, by myself at the festival (since I am the slacker I am, overslept and missed breakfast with the girls) — but luckily, as is becoming a sort of tradition in my little MDS$W world, I ran into Claudia and Silvia in the t-shirt line!!!! (actually I ran into Claudia at the bathroom and THEN the t-shirt line, but that messes with tradition, so I’m sticking to my original story. Besides, I LOOKED for them in the line on my WAY to the bathroom, I just didn’t SEE them for some reason.) Anyway, they were nice enough to let me cut, and so I got to hang with my fav knitblogging sisters and Cassie and Leigh. Unfortunately, I’m a dumb-ass, so no pictures were taken. :(

What I DID get a picture of, however, was the INSANE blogger meetup!!!! I think this HAD to be the most successful YET!


Cara’s Diamond Fantasy Shawl IN PERSON!?!?! SO FABULOUS!

Now, I could go on and on about what barns we went into and what yarns we fondled, but let’s skip ahead and just say we went. we saw. we shopped. oh! and I ate Lamb kebab that was soo. good. (important for later)

Saturday NIGHT, we threw a little shindig at the hotel. I would LOVE to post stories and details and pictures of said party, but that might be dangerous to some and pooosssibly a little TMI (too much info). I think the only thing that went down at the party that I CAN actually mention are the yummilicious* appletinis in pink martini glasses :) (Let’s just say that knit bloggers can throw one HELLA party. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination. Go wild! did someone say unit?)

This girl could not be photographed at the party for Very. Important. Reasons.

This photo of this girl made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. For reals, yo.

Sunday morning, we all went out for tasty eats at the Bob Evans. Here is a pic of me trying to use my camera timer. It TOTALLY would have worked, if not for the waitress’ impeccable timing.

The end of breakfast was veryverysadtimes, as this is when most of us split up and a lot of us had to say goodbye :( Sunday wasn’t ALL sad though, because Sarah, Amy and I went BACK to the festival for MORE SHEEPY FUN! There, I finally got to taste a delicacy I have been waiting YEARS to try!

The Deep Fried Twinkie.

fasssscinating, isn’t it?

My life is now complete.

I also got to have some chat-time with Norma, met more new peeps like Sarah’s adorable sister Jenna, Pink Monkey Jenna’s boy Cobra, and the Lolly-mom, AND I ran into Eileen and Donna! In there somewhere, I MAY have bought more yarn even though I said I wouldn’t, and scarfed down more lamb-kebab. REALLY BAD lamb Kebab (important for later).

I started making friends with this sheepy…

…who Sarah then informed me not to get too attached to.

Apparently, he’s part of the CARCAS competition :( I don’t feel guilty at ALL about that Lamb Kebab. NOT. AT. ALL. (it’s ok though, I paid dearly for it, as you will read later.)

To close out the festival, we have another S$W tradition:

Rolling Down The Hill!

I swear to GOD, every time, I forget how FREAKIN’ FAN-TASTICLY FUN that is! I laughed the whole way down. BOTH. TIMES! Um, except, the SECOND time, there maaay have been a bit of a collision…

um, yeah.

It was a little sad that Sarah B. wasn’t there to carry on the tradition with us, but Jenna held it down for her :)

Of course, as I parted ways with Sarah and Jenna in the parking lot, there was one last LAST tradition to carry out…

soooo saaaaad.

We HAD to document our “wearesooooosadsuperfuntimesareover” faces…and THIS time, we got it on the FIRST take!

To wind down my superfntabulous weekend, I decided to indulge in a bubble bath with my tasty friend “Orangetini”!!!

mmmmm :) Bubbbbbles :)

I followed it up with a luxurious nappy nap and a delightfully delightful phone call from the boyfriend I cannot stop gushing about :-P THAT, however, once over, led to a night of digestive horror I would rather not discuss in any sort of detail, except to say that the LIKELY karmic cause of my pain and suffering — Sunday’s Lamb Kebab — had to be the WORST piece of NASTINESS I have ever eaten! {{sigh}}) Ironic, isn’t it?

Still though, KICK-ASS WEEKEND, girlies!!! SEE YOU AT RHINEBECK!

* If I do say so myself, which is sorta biased, since I made them. But hey! I LIKED THEM!
** Stash pics to come later, as well as winners and prizes from last week’s contest!
*** My computer’s not being cooperative, so I’m having difficulty getting a gallery up, but FULL S$W pics coming SOON!

22 Responses to “Sheep and Wool 2006, yo!”

  1. molly! Says:

    What a fun time! Everyone is making this festival sound like paradise! I’m going to have to get in on it one of those years. Looking forward to stash pics!

  2. Lolly Says:

    Oh no! what a bad way to end the weekend! So sorry, L. Perhaps this is a cautionary tale? some sign to give up meat? :) hehe

    It was great to see you! Thanks for having the party in your room! I was so tired, but I really enjoyed it.

    Hope to see you again soon!

  3. Carrie Says:

    I heard the appletinis ROCKED. And it sounds like you girls had so much fun! I missed you! We must plan a visiting situation soon. Here, or elsewhere…

  4. Kate Says:

    I’m so sad that you were sick. And an Orangetini… enlighten me please :-)
    So glad I got to hang with you, but wish I was able to chat with you some more. Thankfully there is Rhinebeck!

  5. biglug Says:

    I am so sorry the lamb was eeeevil. It was so fun hanging out with you. I think we should take a road trip to GA!

  6. Anne Marie Says:

    You are my new favorite bartender. MARTINI!!!
    I had such a great time with you, you are just as sweet and crazy as ever.
    For shizzle.


  7. Maya Says:

    So sorry you were sick! That really sucks! But it was fun meeting you. I wish we saw you at the Fest on Sunday – I totally would have rolled down the hill. ;-) Is there a hill at Rheinbeck?

  8. frecklegirl jess Says:

    oh no! You poor thing with the sickiness.

    Thank you soooo much for organizing the martini, etc party- it was a great success! I really enjoyed those martinis too… you should be proud of them!

  9. Jenna Says:

    Thanks for inviting us to the party, it was lovely and you make a kick ass appletini. Sorry to hear about the lamb ravaging you, luckily it didn’t happen while you were still at the fairgrounds, far from home. The people really do make this event, I’m glad I got to spend at least a bit of time hanging with you.

  10. isel Says:

    Fun times, except fot the getting sick part.
    I will be thinking of you when my Duet starts shedding everywhere.

    It was nice seeing you again.

  11. Betsy Says:

    Your recap is awesome and that picture of Anne Marie had me laughing all over again, was that when she got UNIT?

  12. Cara Says:

    DUDE! So sorry you ended up sick. That sucks. But the lamb?!? Don’t say it was the lamb. Maybe the twinkie?

  13. sarah b. Says:

    Gosh, who’s that girl hiding her face? :-) Super. Fun. Times. I’m in for a road trip to GA!

  14. Anne Marie Says:

    Dear Best Bartender Ever,
    Can you say ‘Rhinebeck’?
    I had such a great time hanging out with you. You are just as sweet and fun as ever!

  15. Sarah Says:

    Dammit, I have GOT to stop missing all the fun. Sorry to hear about the food poisoning, are you all better now? Poor thing. Glad to hear all you ladies had a blast.

  16. Joanne Says:

    Hi Pretty!

    CONGRATS ON THE BOYFRIEND! W00t! and why are the comments closed on the Boyfriend Contest already?? I didn’t even get to guess! Is it … Adam???

    Do I still win something, if I’m right? ;)

  17. claudia Says:

    Delightful as always to see you! Tell me where that worst kebab in the world came from, so I’ll never go there. Good times! except for the barfing at the end, aye?

  18. Stacey Says:

    Every year, i see the pics and hear about all the meetups and think, “I’m going to go next year. Really, I am.” And then I don’t. *sigh*

  19. Stephanie Says:

    It looks like a great time. Sorry you ended up sick – but don’t listen Lolly – that’s no reason to give up meat. :-)

  20. Silvia Says:

    Oh I’m so sorry I drank too much wine and couldn’t come over!!!! The wine, she was so good and it turns out I’m not the best choice for designated driver. Next year, we’ll all have to plan to be in the same hotel so there won’t be any nasty driving interfering with fun.

    So sorry to hear that the lamb turned on you, but am happy to hear that the dude is still delightful.

  21. dani Says:

    I’m so sorry the lamb turned on you – that hardly seems fair! Thanks so much for letting me crash the festivities; I had an awesome time.

    Does anyone else think the picture of AM looks slightly like a Muppet/Sesame Street character? I mean that in the best possible way.

  22. Jenny Says:

    Glad you had so much fun!! I missed you guys!