I just got back from the Rosie's bus trip, and as usual, it was quite a day. I was on the early bus; we were on the road by 7:40 a.m. The weather in Philadelphia was sunny and gorgeous, but as we got closer to Maryland, it got more overcast. My overall impression of the festival was that it seemed much more crowded than in the past, at least in the morning; that all of the usual suspects were there -- except the Koigu ladies (apparently Maie has a broken leg); that the Socks That Rock line was extraordinarily long (already, at 9:30 a.m.!);
and that there seemed to be fewer small farms and natural/unprocessed yarns as opposed to knitting shops and handdyes. I just discovered that I had some kind of smear on my camera lens, which means my photos didn't turn out nearly as well as I would have liked. I've tried to sharpen them up with PhotoShop, but....
See this adorable baby goat? The little bastard bit me.
Now this provided much amusement for Goat-Boy here:
and you can imagine the snickering that went on about city slickers who don't know enough not to put their fingers in the livestock's mouth. In my defense, I would like to say that the goat didn't have any front teeth, and was very sweetly gumming my fingers, putting me off my guard, so that it could unleash a mighty molar from the back on the unsuspecting knitter-lady. Since the injury will not affect my knitting, no harm done. (Except to my dignity.)
Here, lovely Laura (one of my co-authors and my co-bus captain this year) poses with her sister, the also-lovely Sasha:
The day wouldn't be complete without some fuzzy-wuzzy bunnies, like this beauty:
And while we're at it, how about some camelid porn?
[Before you email me to tell me it's not a camel, please use the Google to look up "camelid."]
As always, the food selection was, um, eclectic:
Hee-Haw fans may enjoy the "Fill Yer Own" old-fashioned soda cart
complete with Daisy-Duke inspired server fashion (will someone please introduce the Muffin-top Twins here to Twisty Faster?)
And before I return to the dyepots to dye up some of the stuff I found, I leave you with today's Political Correctness Sensitivity Quiz:
Is this sign offensive to Appalachian-born Americans? Discuss.
More (slightly smeary) pictures Monday.