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Did I really make plans to be out of town on the same weekend as the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival? That's what I get for not looking at my calendar. Boy, did I feel stupid when I realized my mistake. Fortunately, Amtrak doesn't charge change fees, and I am able to move my trip to the following weekendweekend before (the following weekend is Mothers Day, and I can't miss that either!) Whew!

Despite not remembering when it is, I'm pretty excited about MDSW. Like last year, I plan to buy mostly fibre - the hand-dyed stuff that I love to touch before deciding to buy. I'm going to help a friend look for her first drop spindle and some fibre so I can teach her to spin. I'm *not* going to buy anything that hasn't already been washed. I haven't gotten around to carding any of the solid-coloured stuff that I bought last year, so I don't think I need more of those. I meant to bring the carder out over the weekend, but it didn't quite work out. I *am* going to buy a braid of fibre in colours that I don't usually go for, and something in a semi-solid, and maybe a sort of fibre that I haven't yet tried - perhaps a blend that will spin into a tweedy yarn.

If I see the perfect sock yarn for my mom, I'll pick it up; otherwise I'm going to have to order from WEBS as my local yarn store doesn't have the colourway and wasn't very forthcoming about their ability to order it in for me. I was a little disappointed at the hedging about ordering, and the implication that I'd have to buy a full bag of the yarn when all I need is one skein. (But ordering from WEBS is dangerous! I never want to get just one thing; I always want to get up to a $60 order so that I can have the 20% discount!)

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My mom had surgery this week, and I wasn't able to be there the day of it - so I went to visit her as soon as she got home and was up for visitors. She seems to be doing pretty well, all things considered. We sat and chatted while I worked on the Handspun Sock, and she showed me a gorgeous scarf that her friend knit for her as a long-distance hug. Not just any friend, but her friend from college who taught her to knit in the first place, without whom I wouldn't be knitting now! It's made up of a bunch of different yarns from her stash, in a bunch of different colourways, which blend together beautifully to make something which is very much Mom's style.

I don't have a picture of the scarf, but I do have this picture of the nieceling wearing the Bunny Sweater that Mom knit for her! The bunny is still missing a pompom tail, but that's all right. And now that Mom's done knitting the kid-size sweater, she's thinking of knitting one for herself. Does anyone have any suggestions for a structured cardigan or coat that might work? Something suitable for office-wear?

Then Mom totally made my day by asking for a pair of socks to wear with blue jeans, although in the past she's said that she wasn't interested in them as she tends to wear very thin nylon socks. But the gloves I made her, and the scarf from her friend, are working to change her mind. Not to mention Pirate-Husband, who chimed in to say that he'd been skeptical about handknit socks until he got a pair, and now he is all about the socks. I would be thrilled to make socks for my mom! I just need a few measurements, I told her, and then I will surprise her with when she gets the finished pair. This is going to be fun! Hey Mom, do you want plain socks? Stripey socks? Socks with a fancy stitch pattern?

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