Fall Fiber Fun & Friends

I was going to have the weekend all to myself to follow solitary pursuits as K. was out of town.  On Friday afternoon, I checked in with Pia, who found herself on her own as well, and we decided, spur of the moment, to head out of town and check out the Fall Fiber Festival in Montpelier, VA.  (K.’s response when I told him our plans: “what, you’re going to go check out some Metamucil?”)

It was a lovely fall day — not in the crisp New England/Upstate NY way, but in the DC/MD/Virginia way — warm sunny afternoon, light breeze and slowly turning leaves.

Hello, Mr. Llama!

Hello, Mr. Llama!

So, is the grass tastier on the other side?

So, is the grass tastier on the other side?

Can someone get this wool out of my eyes?

Can someone get this wool out of my eyes?

Pia and I showed remarkable restraint and did not bring any animals home.  And only a little yarn.  I chose mine from this luscious pile:

After checking out the food and sheephearding competion, we headed over to see Montpelier, the home of James Madison, newly restored to its 18th century glory.

Approaching the house

Approaching the house

view from the house

view from the house

The tour was pretty good, although the docent kept saying Thomas Jefferson instead of James Madison.  All those Founding Fathers, hard to keep them all straight!  Maybe she used to work at Monticello, which was just down the road apiece.  Who knows.

Sunday was excitement of another sort.  Friends Mitch and Beth were in town, along with Eliot!  I finally got to meet a very cute and charming fellow:

Eliot & Mitch

Eliot & Mitch

If you’ll notice the sweater…Eliot’s newest wardrobe addition.  I finally got my act together and sewed on the buttons so the sweater could be worn (I’d finished the knitting and seaming months ago)!  Fortunately, it is plenty roomy and so even though it’s three months late Eliot will be able to wear it for a good while.  What, you want another picture of the sweater?  Oh, okay…

the finished baby surprise jacket

the finished baby surprise jacket

and a close-up of the buttons (my favorite part!):

oops, a little blurry

oops, a little blurry

You can see more cuter than cute pictures of Eliot here.

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