I know I’ve said this before lots of times. I am a terrible blogger. I generally live in the moment and so when I am away from home and seeing new things or teaching, I forget about the photography. when I get home I always wish I had remembered to take out the camera or the phone more often so I can show everyone what I saw. But it’s been years of the same problem. I may as well resign myself to just describing things and hoping everyone who reads my blog will go places with me someday.

I have a couple of photos of being there and several photos of the things I got in exchange for money. So here we go with what happened and the two pictures I took in New York.

It all started on Monday with a trial run of packing the car. We were going to take Jillian’s but it all wouldn’t fit so Lousmith agreed to let us borrow his Trailblazer. Tuesday morning we got off to a start a little later than we had planned and it was all my fault. I had to watch the Blacklist before leaving home and then there was gas and cash to get and I forgot things twice and had to return to the homestead. Then there was traffic that was moving between 5-10 miles per hour and I’m not exaggerating.

Finally by 8:30 we were on the road listening to Pride and Prejudice on Jillian’s fancy battery powered speaker thingy which was attached to her ipod. There were several stops at Starbucks for hot Chocolate and Tea and there was an acquisition.

new tea things

That’s my new tea thermos which has a press inside in case of loose tea and a new tin of my favorite tea of all the teas. I don’t drink black tea. It’s all herbal all the time and I love the not fruitiness of Rooibos.

We stopped in Williamsport PA for the night (home of the Little League World Series and the Little League hall of Fame). Right around the corner from there was a barbeque joint called Bootleg. It was extremely delicious. Extremely. If you ever get near Williamsport, go there.

The next day was the last 4 hours of driving along with some shopping. Barnes and Noble for magazines, Joann Fabrics for embroidery floss and needles, Target for candy and a bowl and deodorant. Then we arrived at the Grand Dutchess Bed and Breakfast. We had dinner at the diner across from the fairgrounds and then back the B&B for early bed and to get ready for the teaching.

I will just say here that all of my students were great and I had such a lot of fun this year with everyone. Jillian and I both taught Thursday through Sunday with little runs during lunch times for targeted shopping strikes.

Thursday evening we had dinner with the girls behind Nimblestix. Have you been to the site? There is a lot there and so much that I haven’t even tried. That’s a whole blog post in itself but if you are a spinner you will want to check it out and join.

Friday was all about spinning fine and there was some Cashmere and Quiviut. Then off we went to see what trouble we could get into before our dinner reservation. First there was a book store. It’s called Oblong Books and Music. Jillian and I love to visit local book stores. Some are good, some are struggling. This one was fantastic. not huge but they had so many books I wanted.

new books

I walked away with 5 new books and a T-shirt that says Eat. Sleep. Read. with the store’s logo on the back. It’s pink but in the laundry so there’s no photo. I may have to give up spinning so I can read all of the books I have.


Then Jillian and I had a pie appetizer at the Me Oh My Pie Shop in Red Hook. It was delicious. Pear, ginger, sour cream. I wanted more but dinner was only an hour away at one of my favorite places to eat – also in Red Hook – called Flatiron.



I think this photo is also from Friday. Tunis of course. I love them. It’s my only photo taken inside the fairgrounds. I was too busy petty and cooing at the sheep to remember the camera.

We had dinner Friday night with Julia, Kelly, Diane, Josette and Ann. It was great fun. We also had time to chat with Jennifer and Clara and Shelia. It was a very busy night.

Saturday, more classes, more fun students and the shopping began. Then dinner with Carla, Erika, Alice, Amy and Jennie. Fabulous fun and barbeque.

Sunday, more classes and then running to get the last of the things we saw and decided were a necessity. Here are the photos.


Miss Babs for that one shawl everyone has made except me. Also, because I have never had yarn from her and she is a very lovely woman.


Into the Whirled because I never can resist.


4 of these lovely batts that are grey but when you look more closely they are all the colors. They are from Enchanted Knoll and Josette’s batts are wonderful to spin.


Leicester Longwool singles yarn from Wales. I got to meet the shepherd of these sheep who is lovely and she is also the President of the UK Leicester Longwools breed society. I’m going to weave huck lace with this I think. I have 5000 meters. I can’t find a website to link to for Wool out of Wales:-(


A t-shirt. It has a Jacob sheep on it so I couldn’t resist.


Jill Draper yarn in Cormo and Rambouillet, CJKoho BFL fiber in “Liberty and Justice” and a Rhinebeck mug from Jennie the Potter. There are also pottery sheep earrings that aren’t pictures.


And one final blurry photo. It’s a crocheted jar cozy that I begged for on Twitter custom made for me by Amy King. Just lovely. There’s a bowl around too but I think it might be at Jillian’s house…

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