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Lanea Posted - 05/06/2010 : 04:59:26 AM
I just read Clara's report on this year's MDSW, and was wondering how the festival was for other KR folks.

Like Clara, I fell hard for Solitude's Yarns and I picked up two skeins of Icelandic for the wool-along and some Tunis/Alpaca and Suffolk/Dorset, just in case. I came away with two gorgeous skeins from Spirit Trail as well, but that was it for yarn. It was just too hot to really dive into the wool. I did get a pair of glass circs from Sheila Ernst, and they're absolutely gorgeous. And I found some great antique botanical prints to give as gifts. That was plenty for me--I'm pretty good at avoiding the shopping mania.

I was disappointed to see how many outdoor vendors were shifted about with no clear reason. I understand that the fire marshal decided that tents had been too close together in previous years, but it was really difficult to find many of my favorites. I know one friend who had sales drop off dramatically because her tent was moved out of her gorgeous shady spot into the middle of that nasty tent city.

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kjelenfy Posted - 05/17/2010 : 04:21:42 AM
Great review, Clara. I've been hearing some less-than-positive things about the MD show on the fair circuit this year. Good to read a balanced view. I still think the "smaller" shows - NH Sheep & Wool, Fiber Frolic are best.
karensantucci Posted - 05/13/2010 : 8:37:24 PM
I went for the first time this year and I'm glad I went, but I don't think I'd go back. It was a beautiful part of the country, but way too hot for me. I ended up spending just a few hours on Saturday morning and opted not to go back on Sunday. I think I just prefer going to fall festivals when the weather is cooler.
jaymeKnits Posted - 05/11/2010 : 09:42:58 AM
It was way too hot (I'm 7 months pregnant which had a lot to do with my tolerance levels being very low). I feel a bit like I rushed through because of this. I did get to see all of my usual favorites. My only disappointment was that Spinners Flock didn't have any BFL yarn this year (well they had a small bin of leftovers but not the quantity or colors I was wanting). I hope they get more next year, it's gorgeous stuff.

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mathiemom Posted - 05/10/2010 : 10:35:23 AM
I'll have to check out the Solitude, too. Still a S&WF virgin; hoping to change that this year.

linda-gail Posted - 05/06/2010 : 09:58:51 AM
See, now I liked the new locations of some of the vendors. I liked having it be more open. I had more room to shop and didn't feel as if I was going to step on something or someone every time I moved. The announcer repeatedly told people that some of the booths had been moved and they had fairground maps all over in case you were looking for someone in particular. I agree that shade would have been better than sun, but I still thought it was an improvement.

I took a plying class with Maggie Casey and a spinning class with Judith McKenzie and really enjoyed both classes. I had all day Sat. and Sunday to browse, and browse I did. I also bought. I took home only 1 skein of yarn but several different kinds of fiber and another drop spindle as well as some pretty new stitch markers (I was specifically looking for those) and a beautiful wood cutting board.

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Lanea Posted - 05/06/2010 : 07:13:12 AM
Well, sometimes it's miserably rainy that weekend, like it was in 2009. I'm not sure which is worse.

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Shelia Posted - 05/06/2010 : 06:31:06 AM
I didn't buy anything from Solitude (since shearing day here at the farm was last Mondy, the day before I left for MDSW, and additionally there are lots of other lovely breed-specific yarns and fleeces in my studio), but I did order a 5-needle set of lime green #4 DPNs from Michael and Sheila, which I'll pick up at Black Sheep. I had to leave their booth to rush back to Spirit Trail just as Sheila was telling all of her customers that we are the most amazing Sheilas in Oregon and they all needed to come visit us out here. A couple of skeins of the gorgeous Spirit Trail Birte are wound and in my knitting bag already, it's amazing yarn. I also succombed to some of Stefania's naturally dyed Coopworth and Jacob (amazing black and white roving dyed in indigo) and picked up a couple of additional bobbins for the Hansen e-spinner I bought earlier this year.

Someday, though, I think we're due for low-70's, low humidity weather at MDSW. Everyone kept telling us that it was cool the weekend before, and is supposed to be the same this coming weekend. Why is it always miserably warm and humid the first weekend of May?

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minh Posted - 05/06/2010 : 05:51:30 AM
I just emailed Solitude to see if I could order some yarns, I am thinking of the Icelandic for the wool-along and some of the other breeds that are not mainstream. Clara, you are such a temptress!

I am looking forward to seeing the new Spirit Trail yarns and exotic blend fibers too.

Just one festival for me this year, the Maine fiber frolic. But I would like to go to one of the bigger ones at some point!

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