Tomorrow I get up at the crack of dawn and head into the city to board one of the Rosie's buses that will take me, and over a hundred other rabid fiberistas, to West Friendship, Maryland. I can't believe Maryland Sheep & Wool is already here. It's one of the benchmarks in the fiber world, a sure sign it's spring.
The Rosie's bus trip is an awesome thing. You don't have to drive -- so you get to knit the whole way down and back -- and you get to interact with a bunch of fun and cool knitters. (Of course, the misanthrope in me is praying to the Trailways gods to ensure that I don't get stuck sitting next to someone with verbal diarrhea.) You get a cute little box breakfast, and a Rosie's tote bag or backpack to put your purchases in. If you think about it, it's a pretty nice thing for a yarn shop owner to arrange a trip that involves bussing over a hundred of her best customers to buy other people's stuff.
My Maryland checklist is pretty short. God knows, there's nothing I really need. Here's what's on it:
1. Check out heavy-duty skeinwinders and compare prices for future purchase.
2. Pick up a skein or two of Wick (soy + polypropylene), for spring socks.
3. Pick up a few sample skeins of farm-produced wool and top for test dyeing for Black Bunny.
4. Look for a few pattern books -- Jo Sharp and Elsebeth Lavold come to mind.
5. Meet Mindy at Kid Hollow booth, and hopefully some other readers other places.
When I return, I'll tell you how I did with my checklist. I also pledge to show you every bloody thing that I buy (well, except the deep-fried Twinkies, which will be long gone). Maybe the potential embarassment of overpurchasing in front of my readers will keep me on-budget.