Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fiber Fair!

The long overdue and much anticipated post about our girl's trip to Idaho and the Snake River Fiber Fair. Enjoy...

I am packed and ready to go! 
(The pink bag is yarn, the red bag is clothes and toiletries. I just thought it was funny that they were about the same size... and the pink bag was heavier.)

Caite and I laughed ourselves silly all the way to Pocatello, where we met up with Tiff and stopped for a picnic lunch. Then the three of us drove on to Idaho Falls and finally managed to find the right hotel and check in.

Caite trying out a Super-Knitter look! 
(By the way, she totally would have blended right in if in fact she had decided to wear it to the fair....)
Tiff had brought some yummy chicken salad and rolls for dinner, so we ate in our room while we played a game of scrabble. Then we went to a movie that we all wanted to see and knew our husbands wouldn't be interested in.  When we got back from the movie we went and soaked in the hot tub for a little while, then back to the room to get ready for bed...

Caite had the best jammies.

Here is the single photograph of me to prove that I was here. It's morning and I am stumbling about with my eyes closed trying to find my eye drops so my contacts won't pop out. Which is why Caitlin got the camera and the drop on me. Sad as it is, I am glad she took it. (P.S. Candice, I think this is humiliating enough, yes?)

We ate breakfast at the hotel and then headed out for the fiber fair!

Here's where things get a little sad. I was high on wool fumes and so busy feeling all the gorgeous yarns and roving, and talking to other spinners and knitters that I complete spaced the fact that I had the camera with me. I didn't even get a picture of the sign or anything. :( It was awesome. You'll just have to take my word for it. We spent the morning shopping and browsing at the 40+ vendor stalls. Then it was time for our spinning class! Beginning drop spindle spinning. It was... interesting. The teacher was a little all over the place and she had a 12 year old girl there as her assistant. Nothing is more guaranteed to make you feel like a failure than to have a child repeatedly telling you what you are doing wrong. I'm still glad I took the class. I am no good at it at all, but I can tell that it is something I want to keep trying to do. I really want to learn on a spinning wheel though... one day.
 After we were done we treated ourselves to dessert first at a yummy gourmet cupcake shop. Those cupcakes were so moist!

We ate dinner at a place Tiff had heard was amazing, and boy! She heard right. I had a grilled vegetable Caesar salad that was one of the best things I have ever eaten! After dinner we went back to the hotel for another swim and soak in the hot tub. We changed into our pj's and Tiff and I knitted for a bit while Caitlin wound the new yarn she'd gotten and read the Yarn Harlot aloud to us. (Another picture I wished I'd gotten, Caitlin put the hank of yarn around her feet to tension it while she wound it into a ball. It was too funny, but you can bet neither Tiff or I was offering to give up knitting time to hold the yarn for her...) 

Then, around 9 pm, the party got a little wild! Myra and Candice drove up to go the fair the next day and crashed in our room.

As you can see Candice was especially happy to be there...

So what, right? How much trouble can a couple of extra knitters cause?

Well, Caite really wanted us to play a silly board game and we were just in the right kind of silly mood to play it.... 

(I think the rest of the pictures speak for themselves.)

I know that Candice has a picture of me from this night, but as it is me after Tiffany drew a mustache, goatee and a rude word on my forehead with blue eyeliner I really hope that she makes the right choice and just deletes from her camera card forever.... please?

We also decided that we needed to yarn bomb something in the room. We each knit 8 rows in a different stitch and then Myra (because she was the closest) sewed it around the base of the lamp.

Looks pretty good, I think.

We are betting that it takes them at least one or two more guests in the room before anyone notices.

We spent the morning wandering the vendor stalls again and buying more yarn.

We sat around, knitting and gossiping and shocking Tiffany. We ate lunch by the falls and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. Tiffany and Candice both won a prize in the drawing. Tiff won a silk and merino blend (I think) roving and Candice won a ceramic yarn bowl. 

A Knitter's Two Thumbs Up!

It was a wonderful weekend and one that I hope becomes a tradition. 
We have to go at least once more so I can a decent picture of me there...


Tiffany said...

We need to post the picture of your lovely makeup during Quelf!