Man, what a wonderful day I had yesterday (though I should temper my exuberance a little as the Best Beloved is away teaching in New Haven for the weekend).
It started off at Miriam's Kitchen going through all the donated pieces for the 100 Bowls of Compassion event this coming Thursday. I had not previously seen any of the pieces that had come in this year. Gentlemen, I am IN AWE of your felts bowls! And Josh, your felted vase ROCKS. I am so happy to see those pieces! And of course they all passed and will look fabulous. I'll take pictures the evening of the event and post them for all to see.
And if that wasn't exhilarating enough, it was followed by a trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! Sigh. It is a small taste of heaven. I went with my studio assistant and his fiance, and we had so much fun. I came home with more wool than I need, and while I was there I fell in love with these electric spinners: http://www.wildmeadowangora.com/electricspinner.htm They're pricey, but they spin up so quickly that I think it might be worth it. I was thinking that an electric wheel might be cheating, but then I was kindly reminded that I throw pots on an electric potter's wheel.
If you guys haven't been and are in the area, the Festival is a real treat. There are vendors EVERYWHERE - one huge exhibit hall and I think about four other exhibit halls just with vendors. Then there are the animals: sheep, goats, alpaca, angora rabbits. And lots of fried food and lamb burgers. If I didn't have to mow the lawn today, I'd go back. But then I'd spend too much money.
It's another beautiful day today - the kind where the temperature and quality of the air is just perfect - like jumping into a swimming pool on a hot day. I think I'll spin a little of the wool I got yesterday, mow the lawn, maybe even get a couple of vegetable beds ready, before heading to Union Station to pick up the Best Beloved and tell him just how hard it was with him away... ;-)
Wishing all of you a wonderful spring Sunday,
Jonathan in DC