Last weekend, I was with all my friends at SAFF. Right now, I'm composing this blog post while sitting on the couch in my husband's apartment in Washington, DC. I get around. We have some fun things planned for the next few days, but this post is about what happened last weekend.
On Friday, Claudia and I drove to Asheville, NC for the annual gathering of the tribe at the Southeastern Animal & Fiber Festival, otherwise known as SAFF. We went directly to the venue upon arrival, and who did we see while looking for a parking place but Famous Steve. He was in a bit of a daze, having fallen in love with a fleece. He took us to see his choice, and without much urging from us, he bought it. Turns out the man has a good eye, as that beautiful black fleece turned out to be a First Prize winner! It is now in the capable hands of Jen and Jared at their Fleury Sheep & Wool mill, where it will be turned into yarn. Steve is planning on designing and knitting a sweater to wear to SAFF next year. I can't wait to see what he comes up with. After several hours of browsing and shopping (I might just have fallen down and come up with some yarn in the process,) we checked into the hotel, rested a bit, and then went to dinner with a few friends at our favorite Thai place. Afterwards, Claudia and I returned to the hotel and joined Brandy and her daughter in their room for a bit of knitting. After that, time for bed to recharge for the next day.
The weather this year at SAFF was outstanding. Not too hot, not too cold, with clear skies. Just lovely. Of course, we started the day with more browsing and shopping (and more yarn and other goodies might have jumped into my bag.) We took a little time out to visit the llamas and alpacas.
This one was the beauty queen
I thought this one looked like she was wearing a hat
Suspicious alpaca is suspicious
Other wildlife - Claudia and Linda
That's pretty much the extent of the pictures - Claudia, Linda and a bunch of animals. So, I bought some yarn, a few cloth project bags, and overall had a fabulous time. Claudia's husband and stepson came up after lunch, and she took off to be with them, and had a few adventures of her own. I stayed on at SAFF, and joined a big crowd for an early dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. And then I took a long drive to learn a whole new craft.
Doug and his family (mom, sister, brother-in-law) had rented a cabin way, WAY out in the woods, and Famous Steve was staying there, too. Doug's family, and his sister in particular, enjoy making things with polymer clay and offered to teach us how. So, Diana, Linda, Maegan, and I drove until we thought we'd left the state to try it out. And let me say, the long drive was more than worth it. The place itself was fabulous, the company lots of fun, and the polymer clay was lots of fun. I made, well, stuff. Easy stuff. Not sure what I'm going to do with it stuff. But fun stuff! See.
The biggest piece is about the size of an American half dollar, and the middle size ones smaller than a dime. I might have come home and bought more supplies to make more stuff on my own. Hmmm.
Sunday, Linda, Diana, Maegan and I went to IHop for breakfast, another SAFF tradition. Then Diana, Maegan, and I went back for one more look around. I came out with one skein of sock yarn - only the second skein I got at the show. Diana was wondering if they should call a doctor for me, seeing as how I was so restrained on the sock yarn front. Then it was time to drive home, leaving behind another wonderful year of yarn, fiber animals, and friends. I'm already looking forward to next year. You know, the first time I went to SAFF it was all about the merchandise, but now, it really is about the people and the things we do outside of the venue that make it such a special trip. No wonder I miss it already.
And now I'm in DC. In the morning, Jim and I are going down to see some of the Washington International Horse Show. Actually, the main reason for my coming this weekend was to attend as much of this as possible, but other things have intervened, so I'm hoping to see as much as I can tomorrow, and am keeping my fingers crossed that tickets are still available for the big show on Saturday evening. Otherwise, we might go down to the Mall on Saturday morning to see what's up with the big "Return to Sanity" rally. Jim is not much on crowds, so we may decide to take a ride into the country instead. But whatever we do, I know we'll have a good time, as the weather looks lovely (cool, but it's been too darn hot, and it will be a nice change.)
On that note, off to bed.