I came back Sunday night but this is my first chance at collecting my thoughts and getting my photos together. Today was a teaching day, which is really nice but there was definitely a part of me longing to head for the computer so that I could get everything together to show you.
Okay, so on Friday Chaachi and I set out for Fort Atkinson/Jefferson, WI. We had a pretty good drive up until we were close, then there was a major detour that seemed very odd. If one traveled along East the detour was different than if you traveled West. I never quite figured it out… I was just grateful the detour took us to where we wanted to go.
Anyway, we found our hotel in Fort Atkinson. The place seemed pretty packed with cars and I figured it was for the Fiber Fest. Chaachi and I checked into our room, rested a bit (driving is hard work!), then headed out for the fair in Jefferson. Experienced another part of the detour. But not too bad.
I was immediately impressed with the fair digs. It looks like the County Fair is a big deal, because the buildings are huge and new. A beautiful layout and nice landscaping too! There were 2 ginormous structures devoted to what they called the Country Store. Here is a pic to show you how big these babies are:
Just seeing that was very exciting, but thinking 2 whole buildings of fibery goodness – oh my! I headed for the nearest one. Here are 2 pics of one of the aisles:
the guy in the kilt is Adam Mielke of Mielke’s Farm
I had a list of items to get, and purchased all of my "have to" items in that one building. Chaachi talked me into saving the 2nd building for the next day. I thought that was a good idea. Anticipation!
We headed into town to get dinner, and then just hang out at the motel. I got a chance to play around with the purchases:
- a mini niddy noddy
- a metal tahkli spindle
- a cute ceramic bowl for the spindle
- 3 back issues of Spin Off
- the current issue (Fall 2004) of Spin Off
- a gadget that helps spinners determine the wpi /weight of their fiber.
More about day two tomorrow.