Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2016

I think I can put myself in the category of true yarn fanatic and knit-a-holic because I got up and drove out to the Howard County Fairgrounds to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool festival after 11 days of rain in our area. When I tell you it was 55 degrees, a little drizzly and MUDDY and yet I trekked on with my BFF in tow…yeah I’m a fanatic. But I wasn’t the only one! I had a budget and I stuck to it. I think I had about $25 left when I walked back to my car. But I left with my wellies covered in mud, a backpack full of yarn and a smile on my face. So here’s what I got (because I know that’s what you want to know).
Sheep and Wool haul
Despite the fact that my LYS carries Miss Babs, I still like to go to her booth to touch the skeins and figure out what combinations I want to mix and match. You just can’t do that online and I hate when I get to my LYS and a color I want is gone or only has one skein left. I picked up these three, Ghoulish and Shaken Not Stirred. I’m seeing a simple sweater that’s mainly bright green with either stripes of a block fun mixed color.
The line was long but I got all the lovely @missbabsyarns I wanted and met THE Miss Babs too! #MDSW2016 #mdsheepandwool #yardsofhappiness
If you follow me on Instagram you probably got a sneak peek of what I bought. I was standing in the very long line for Miss Babs but I was happily chatting it up with other yarn lovers and my BFF Jess kept going back and forth to the booth to see what she might buy. I also met THE Miss Babs at checkout! I hope to be as cool as her as I get older. Her style was so cool too.
Sheep and Wool haul
I also bought a new to me yarn, Tempting Ewe Yarns because their logo caught my attention and then sparkly yarn sealed the deal for me. I picked up four skeins of the grey and one of this purple magenta color in a DK weight. I have no clue what it will be or who it will be for but it has sparkle and felt so soft I had to buy it.
Sheep and Wool haul
My last yarn purchase was two skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in the color Fells Point. It’s green, turquoise and a goldenrod color and it just spoke to me. The owner said that it doesn’t always come out looking like this but it’s her favorite version of this colorway too. So I picked up 2 skeins.
Sheep and Wool haul
My last purchase was a set of six buttons from Melissa Jean Ceramics. I picked up buttons from her booth last year and was hoping to find her again because I didn’t remember the name of her company! They’re like little pieces of artwork for my cardigans.
Maryland Sheep & Wool success! I finally got to meet @fussbudgit in person after all these years chatting online 😊
I also finally got to meet in person Renee of Miss Celie’s Pants. I started following her blog when I took sewing lessons years ago and she followed my old blog and then followed me as I started knitting. We’ve emailed, tweeted and talked on Instagram but on Saturday we were finally able to hug. She lives in Baltimore, so about an hour away from me and is convinced I need to buy a knitting machine, so we’re going to get together this summer so I can check her machine out. Jess also tried to convince me on the ride home that it totally made sense for me to get a knitting machine too. LOL Never say never, right?

I browsed, took video of sheep for my girl Maddie (she’s learning her animal sounds) and got lost of compliments on my Cracked Pepper sweater while I was walking around. Either the buttons of the bright pop of peach caught people’s attention. I also saw some amazing sweaters too out there since it was chilly enough to still wear them. It was a great way to spend my Saturday and I will definitely be back next year!