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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


I won't be at MS&W so I'm sure not to be tempted. Actually, I'm getting over the temptation to just buy, buy, buy. I even resisted some 40% of Colinette yesterday. It was beautiful and I'd like to have some samples in my stash but it made me uncomfortable to even think about adding yet more yarn that I may never get around to using. And then there's the income tax to be paid.

By Blogger Larry, at 9:28 AM  

We are TEN years apart? I thought it was 3 or 4 years! I love your neighbor's comment about only bringing the good stuff - that's what I'm trying to do. I feel the same way about MDS&W - I'm looking forward to getting together with everybody, and yarn will have to be really special to get my attention.

By Blogger Catherine, at 9:30 AM  

Two years in a row with few or no fiber purchases at MS&W? Such restraint!

I know what you mean, though -- I can't imagine buying much, myself. I didn't buy a lot last year, either.

It's probably good you're not coming to Sedalia this year -- looks like it may be another mudfest....

By Blogger Mary, at 11:26 AM  

I'm so sad that I'm going to miss MS&W this year. The funds that I could have spent will be going towards a good educational cause this year. I promise for my own graduation gift in two years, I'll be at MS&W again.

By Blogger erica, at 5:13 PM  

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007  

I haven’t been keeping up with many blogs lately. My reading has had to be a little more focused on my budding story telling business and it’s been a delight to reacquaint myself with some old favorites from childhood. I was an insatiable fable/tale/story reader as a child and I’m still a big fan of the short story, so just because I’ve had to read a lot of Other Things doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a lot of fun. But one blog I never miss is C’s, the window into my spirit-twin. She’s a cancer and I’m a virgo and 10 years separate us - but we seem to be walking on the same path. Within a day or a month or even a year, we stroll on past the same landscape, notice the same things, find ourselves at similar junctions.

Today she talks about her relationship with stuff - Stuff, as she calls it - and its dominion over us. Of course, she’s thinking of moving all that stuff. Nothing takes the bloom off of your devotion to that carved paneled armoire like having to move it from here to there, especially when the resident guy with dolly no longer lives at home. I’m reminded of a visit I paid to a new neighbor, shortly after she moved in. Everything in her house was exquisite - not a single piece of furniture, accessory or drapery was less than stellar. I complimented her on her beautiful appointments and she laughed and said "Of course. I just moved from an 8 room house to a 4 room house. I only brought the good stuff."

Not that I’m planning on downsizing, mind you - nor moving either. But I am helping my parents move - sometimes at glacial speed, but other times with unsettling swiftness. And I am at a moving spot in other parts of my life, at decision points and crossroads and direction shifts. Now, when movement is involved, I believe in packing lightly, and not just my physical possessions, but attitudes, emotional investments - all those things that weigh me down. I realize that’s why I’ve lost interest, over the past year, in keeping up with news, in fashion trends, even in some of the fluffier aspects of fiber. I haven’t spun in months. I concentrated on a single large knitting project, I had opinions on almost nothing (even though I managed to fill this blog with months of posts). Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I had few opinions on the World outside of TheQueen.

And so I am coming up on MS&W, less than 4 weeks off, and I am realizing that I will probably have more fun this year than in any previous year - because I don’t really want to buy anything. I’m sure that doesn’t ring pleasantly on the ears of the vendors, though one non-shopper among 40,000 positive purchasers will make no difference in their adjusted gross income. Mind now, I’ve had a Ton-0-Fun in the past, buying everything in sight. It’s just that, this year, I’m so in tune with what I already have, and love, it’s rather as if I’m at a party where there are a whole lot of charming, interesting, really good looking single men. I already have the guy I want. I can admire the pickings without wanting to take anything home. Yeah. That’s it. I’ve got that married feeling. I’m not in the fiber dating scene.

I’m not saying I shan’t bring anything home. I probably will. I have an idea for a summer weight top I want to make and, being the wool girl I am, I don’t have any summer fibers in quantities large enough to clothe myself. But like C, I’m really excited about the friends I’m going to meet up with. I look forward to hearing about M’s first year at her new job, of S’s life on the farm, of J’s expansion into the new house, of A’s cruise. I look forward to helping in the Spirit Trail booth. I even look forward to seeing the frenzied excitement in the eyes of Other Shoppers. I’m positive I will be able to admire and appreciate everyone’s wares. I just don’t think I’ll have to make them all mine. Yep. I think MS&W’07 is going to be a really different sort of show for me. Different and Fun.

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