Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I was there. It was good.

Juno said it all better than I shall. But despite the driving (which was just long, not harrowing -- I reached Poughkeepsie by 1:30 on Friday, before it got dark or hairy), and the sudden terrible depletion of my checking account, I have to thank Norma and TooMuch wool for making me go. They were, as always, entirely right. Having a brainworm of "Touch Me in the Morning" for over a week was making the wycked speryts come out in their ghostly hosts. All the friendly people, and the colors, and a Mary Pratt fleece from a sheep called Peggy Sue took care of that.

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Nathania and Julia

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Mama Cate, whom I may now actually recognize

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an unfortunate person who photographs badly with a Rhinebeck katsina

I will forget something important, but here are a few of MY highlights: The wonderful pleased delighted welcome I got when Julia and Cassie and Laurie found me;

the lamb chop/kebab/spinach/mesclun plate, perfectly done but not charred;

getting Norma to admit she spindles just fine with the right material (I also taught a perfect stranger, whom I hope finds the article on dog hair in the recent Spin-Off);

the sun coming out;

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my new little TreeTops niddy-noddy, my new Charis spindle, my new Woodchuck diz and nostepinde;

a very small girl with a toy sheep;

the glow over the Woodchuck's stall, reflecting off his finishes;

a fine room party on Friday and a loud huge take-over-the-lobby that the management didn't object to on Saturday night;

perfect timing with my ride and roomies on Saturday, so they were heading to the car just when I wanted to drop off my fleece, and agin when my feet were dropping off me and I needed a Voice of Reason to tell me to Go Home and Put Them Up.

Saturday I ran into everyone at every turn. Sunday I missed nearly everyone and left about 2, wondering whether walking through one more barn would have turned them up again. But I know I will see youse all again soon.

Since I got home I have been doing things like tidying the fleece loft so I will have room for the new fleece (I am banned from even looking at anymore for as long as it takes to whittle the stash down) washing the fleece; planting 95 daffodils and a motherwort; and actually unpacking and organizing some books, which I had been putting off for the last 15 months. Not that I am wholly unpacked or organized but it is good to feel some motion there.

Thanks for the energies.

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mamacate said...

Sounds like a joyous time, just like we had. I've already washed, um, one of my fleeces (yes, I got two...not counting the one that I lent money to Deanna for and asked her to pay me back in wool) as well. I'm feeling a bit gluttonous at this point. Maybe a fiber loft would make me feel better....hmm.

Laurie said...

Seeing you was a wonderful surprise. You kept me in giggles, and made sure we didn't take anything too terribly seriously. I like your summary...the LauraJ's eye-view.

Teresa c said...

Oh I had so much fun shopping with you, but needed you on Sunday to push me over the edge on the spindle issue. As it was, I left without one, and missed seeing you. We left about the same time, I am surprised we didn't see each other on the highway. We must get together soon.

Cassie said...

I'm so glad you did have a good time, even if we had to drag you kicking and screaming. You enabled me profusely (I love my Woodchuck spindle, which I went back and got on Sunday) and it was fabulous to see you and spin with you. Again. Soon. Anywhere.

Norma said...

Nah. All of it is lies. LIES, I tell you. We all had a lousy rotten no-good dirty scoundrel of a time. (where scoundrel fits in there I don't know, but I was on a roll). Yay for the motherwort.

Really? 95 daffodils? Now I feel like a slacker, since I haven't lifted a trowel or a finger since I've been home. Well, except to spin a little. (Hee.) I microwave-finished your mini-skein of Sandy's wool and it came out pretty luscious, I must say. But not matching the original photo at all. I'm off to try my hand at spinning it on the wheel now.

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