The last stop on our week-long, whirlwind spring break road trip through New England was Vermont. We were only there for 1 night, and we stopped in Montpelier before heading up to Stowe to see how the other half lives.
October is my favorite month of the year, hands down. And even though it’s still a week away, I thought it would be a great time to start planning! Nothing beats NYC in October, but if you live in the tri-state area here are some ideas to pack your weekends all over the place:
1. October 2nd, 2010.
Valley Shepherd Creamery Cheese Festival.
Last year I went to Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, NJ for their annual Sheep Shearing Festival (where I shot this photo of the sheep pre-haircut). We had a great time, but the thing that stuck with the most was the phenomenal cheese and butter made on site and sold in their country store. It is to die for, honestly.
So imagine how excited I was when my friend Meredith and I saw their stall at the Rutgers Farmers Market and heard about the Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival this fall. Wine/beer and cheese tastings, cheesewich and panini stations, and their incredible gelato? And it’s just $15 to get in? I will be there with bells on.
Today was the day. After realizing that one of the 14 shops is closed until Monday (and closed at 3 yesterday), I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to all 14 for the scavenger hunt. So I decided to just take my time today and hit as many shops as I could. I got to 7, which I think is pretty great. And it gives me 7 shots at one of those gift baskets.
My friend Laura Ann sent me the link for this 4-day event, taking place over Columbus Day Weekend (October 9-12). I’m absolutely participating, and I’m hoping that I’ll hit all 14 participating stores and compete in the scavenger hunt. But I can’t really start the crawl until Friday evening at the earliest, so I have a feeling some other lucky knitter will finish it first.
I haven’t knit or crocheted anything in more than a year! A few weeks ago I was itching for a new yarn project, the stash in my closet was making me feel rather guilty. So I decided to make a new scarf for fall after seeing the preppy Stripes (and Stripes) Forever Scarf by Chelsea Fowler-Biondolillo featured in Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. The book crochets the scarf in great grass green and hot pinks, but I decided to do a mix of browns and creams for mine so it would go with everything.
Yesterday was a great day. Adam and I went out to the sheep shearing festival, and as I mentioned yesterday I was only disappointed that there was no actual pig roast and no actual yarn for sale. They had some brown yarn for sale in the Sheep Shoppe, but I’d been hoping for more colors and options. The food they had was great, though. It was homemade barbeque, we just didn’t get to see the barbeque. We had pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, and the gelato was pretty good. But a strange texture, which might be because it’s made with sheep’s milk (I couldn’t confirm this since the kids working the stand didn’t really know).
The first thing I wanted to do when I got home from vacation was clean my studio. I had fabric scraps everywhere, buckets in the middle of the floor, books and magazines on every surface. I still had a bag with the Christmas cards we received last year sitting in the middle of the room. Now that it’s all tidy and everything is back (mostly) where it belongs, I thought I’d post some photos of the Orange Room.