The vendor area at the Hilton Garden Inn will open up on Friday night at 5 PM. It’s a great weekend, and I can’t wait! I hope to take some great photos and share them with you after the event.
On another note, I can’t believe we had a 50+ degree day today! It was luscious :*) All the goaties ate outside and everyone was cavorting and kicking up their heels. When the fog finally lifted and the sun came out midday, it was heaven. I know that not everyone in the country had such a day, so I feel very grateful for the little bit of sun and warmth we got this afternoon. Quite a bit of the hard layer of ice in the driveway and in the paddocks melted. Let’s hope the temperatures stay up a little and that any bad weather we get (cough, Sunday) does not hang around long enough to turn into ice.
I can truthfully say we are still waiting for our goat babies. The spring-like weather is disappearing tonight, and we face some crazy windchills in the next few days, and I am down with the chest flu (milder than it could be if I had not had my flu shot, but it’s punched me up a bit).
And so we hope that we do not have to have babies arrive with 20-40 mph wind gusts, but if we do, we will manage. I do not use heat lamps, as straw, hay and inquisitive goats all make for a very volatile situation. We rely on windbreaks, getting babies dry quickly, and getting them fed up with colostrum ASAP (and lots and lots of straw). And so we continue our sleepless nights, but tonight I have a reprieve and Sam is doing the late night and early morning checks. Maybe by the end of the day tomorrow I will feel better :*)
In the meantime, I am resting and ogling my NETA Spa purchases, and also my raffle win. I am totally over the moon with my Tajik handspun/handdyed cashgora yarn from Casey at Port Fiber, my purchases from Cari Balbo/Ridge Pond Herbals, and also my very unexpected skein of yarn from the raffle at the Spa Fashion Show (Kiwi Pop Studio)! I have to consult Ravelry for a nice project that will make the most of my cashgora yarn, and for my raffle prize, I am beginning to picture it as an accent to a larger shawl project. Not sure where I will go with that one, it is not one of those skeins that would have called to me all alone, but now that I have it home, I really see the potential of the sparkle and the glitz and color!
It’s all good, and the whole point of the Spa weekend at the end of February is still just as compelling as it was 15 years ago: it’s a great break during the winter to meet up with fiber friends and just have a great time relaxing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and generally having a good time, with a lot of laughs. The spur to keep up the good spirits until the warmth returns late in the spring. And so it goes. Nice. Very nice!
Lovely group of folks in Freeport this weekend for the Spa Knit and Spin in at the Harraseekett, Hilton, and Hampton Inns. Of course, I forgot the camera and didn’t get to document the activity. It figures. Lots of great vendors at the Hilton, great fashion show yesterday afternoon, and an extremely good time lingering over dinner at the Broad Arrow Tavern. And the fiber-gawking was amazing! It’s a really nice break for a brief moment during the winter.
We got a few inches of snow here on the peninsula today, but I guess it was worse closer to the water, so Pemaquid Point got at least 3 inches. It’s making everything look nice and clean again, at least.
Hanging with the grandboy tonight. Watching the game (sort of). Don’t have a clue who is winning… It’s all good!
Coopworth Fiber, LaMancha Dairy Goats and Cheese on the Coast of Maine!