Monday, May 24, 2010

So much fun it was probably illegal in several states!

Sedalia Spring Fiber Festival 5 took place on May 15th, 2010. It was a sight to see and I had an absolute ball that weekend. For starters, Dianne, aka Dynaknit,'s husband rented the "guest house" at Hurricane Hill for us and for the weekend. Then, Julie, aka "Noolie," and Marianne, aka "Ms. Knotminding," arrived from Maine and Oklahoma. Marianne arrived on time and her travel was a breeze. Julie, on the other hand, was delayed at the outset, missed her connecting flight and arrived in Roanoke at 4:00 a.m.

Hurricane Hill view

We spent Friday morning and afternoon setting up for the festival. Friday night was spent trying out Havala's masterpiece, the "Purltini." Ingredients: One bottle of Pearl Pomegranate vodka, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lime zest. End Result:

Ripped and reaching for chocolate.
Strangely enough, I woke up feeling great (or had to much to do to admit feeling badly) and we trekked on to the festival.

Julie & Marianne at Greenberry House (Dianne is on the microphone in the background).

49 vendors, a warm, sunny day, amazing raffles and the best of friends made the day completely fun, thrilling, amazing and wonderful. It really was "too good to be true." Marianne and Julie, on top of traveling to assorted U.S. cities to get to Sedalia, helping to set up and all of their other hard work on festival day, also gave these lovely souvenirs. Their company was the best gift of all, it truly was, but these were nice surprises.

The light blue yarn is from Sereknity in Maine; Julie brought that with her. The Zauberball was bought at the festival and Marianne gave me the beautiful lavender and sage colorway yarn. Needless to say, I'm "jones-ing" to make socks now.

Dianne gave each of us an autographed copy of Ann McCauley's books, The Pleasures of Knitting and Together or Separate, and Julie brought each of us a copy of "Dreamscape," by her friend and author, Gina House, aka Sleepy Eyes Knitting.

A BEAUTIFUL Nantucket Bagg. I love these colors - - I look at the tote and I think of apple pie. Even the cat admires the bag and has, in fact, tried to 1. ) get in it and 2.) sleep on it.

I treated myself to Woven Gems and David Simpson's Green Dragon yarn. The fiber on the left is 100% alpaca and I'm going to make several pairs of fingerless gloves with it. The Green Dragon colorway is "Ruby Tuesday" and I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet. For now, I'm content to pet it and admire the colorwork.

And finally, Briana will be getting a little embroidered alpaca hat for winter.

Dianne, Marianne, Julie & Linda - - THANK YOU for the greatest weekend of all! XOXOXO
Julie - - I pirated some of your pictures; I hope you don't mind. :)


Marianne said...

how does one pirate photos? seriously.
Yes, I'm sure some of our fun WAS illegal in several states, hee.
Wasn't that something? we drank quite a lot purltini goodness and I don't recall feeling any adverse effects.
Dana, that weekend was The Best! So. Much. Fun.!!!!! and it was beyond wonderful getting to meet and really hang out with you, Dianne, and Julie. as in quality time stuff.
I'm just so glad Julie and I made it for this year. you know what I'm talking about.
You made some gorgeous choices and holy moly there was so much to choose from, had my head spinning.
You and Dianne sure know how to throw one hell of a fibre festival!!
Thank You! xoxox

Dianne said...

You covered it all..I should have visited here before I blabbered over 'yonder'.
Words still fail me when I try to express the fun and fondness of the made the hard work all well worthwhile.
Thanks for letting me be on your 'ship' the past 3 years and tossing me the 'raft' a few times.
Love all of you 'muchly'

Anonymous said...

I have been known to pirate a photo or two myself, as a matter of fact, I think one of those you think you pirated from me may be one I pirated from Dianne :-)

What a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful weekend I had. The only complaint I have is that it went by way too quickly! I miss you three so much.

Dianne's right about the great job you did recapping the awesome weekend - I was supposed to post yesterday and didn't get a chance; maybe I should just post a link to this on my blog :-)