Dye Dreams was one of the vendors that caught my eye. They had many beautiful patterns and yarn. They had clear plastic tote bags where you selected the pattern and then the yarn on the idea of "Make Your Own Kit". Fun....lots of fun!!!
Here's a closer look at the yarn. I'll be knitting the cable mitts shown in the first picture.
Ball and Skein, a Vermont vendor, had absolutely gorgeous yarn. The skein pictured above is 60% seacel/40% silk. It's a beautiful ocean blue/green. There's 600 yds. in the skein, not enough for a shawl, but I'm sure I'll find a pattern I like. I only purchased the one skein because it was so expensive.
Before leaving for the festival I had a $$$ amount in my head that I was willing to spend. I only went over by $3 so I was pleased.
On a different note, I am totally excited about becoming a volunteer for "Everybody Wins-Vermont". I will be matched with a grade school student for lunch and we will be reading together for pleasure or playing educational games. The program is designed to boost the child's self-esteem, promote self-confidence and form a friendship. Years ago I worked full-time as a teacher's aide with 4th, 5th & 6th grade students, helping with english, math and spelling, and I absolutely loved it.
I am so fortunate that my boss is allowing me to adjust my work hours in order to volunteer.
We also had staff appreciation day a couple of weeks ago. The entire university staff was invited to a catered picnic on the green. The university president was there the greet us as we arrived.
The food was great, the weather was fantastic, and again this year it was announced that we were being given the week between Christmas and New Years off with pay. We all cheered. This is the 4th year that the university gifts us with the much-appreciated time off.
Combined with the holidays it means almost two weeks off.