Barb and I spent the weekend at the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival in Greenwich, NY, just outside of Saratoga Springs. It's a sweet little festival -- sort of the counterpart and counterpoint to the NewYork Sheep and Wool Festival (coming up soon!) in Rhinebeck. While there are fewer vendors, there are fewer attendees, too, which means you get to have real conversations without feeling hurried. We have lots of friends there, both vendors and customers, and it is so great to see them. People like friends JoAnne, Dale and Bonnie, and Carol and Debbie, Pat at Mt. Rutson Studio and Jen and Melissa the Going Gnome girls.
As always, there were sheep and goats galore, sheep dog trials, and lots of good food. Sadly, the nuns with the cashmere goats were just back from Africa and the guy with organic lamb kebabs was at his daughter's wedding, so we missed them this year.
We stayed -- unfortunately -- at the Turf and Spa motel in Saratoga Springs. It's stuck in the 50s -- and I think the carpet in the room is as old as at least that old. It has a great sign, but we won't be going back there.
Next up is the big one: the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. It's only two weeks from tomorrow, so I have to get back to work!