Sunday, May 09, 2010

Shepherd's Harvest-Mother's Day

We made our annual trek to Shepherd's Harvest Festival today for Mother's Day and it was wonderful, again. Dan gets props for being the ultimate husband since he's the one who first found out about this fiber festival back in 2006 when Jackson was just a teeny babe. It's always held over Mother's Day weekend and Dan has always made sure that I not only get there over Mother's Day weekend, but that it's our main event for Mother's Day weekend. I'm truly blessed to have a husband who understands and appreciates my love of fiber and knitting.

He's turned it into a family event to go to this festival every year, to the point where he actually talked me into going this year, since I was on the fence (it's not like I need yarn, after all...). I think the live animals, music and kettle corn all have something to do with his motivation, but he genuinely shows an interest in the yarns that I ooh and aah over too.

Jackson even got on board with the yarn shopping this year, since we were on a mission to find the perfect green yarn for a new sweater for him. He chose neon green beaded mohair at first, so I had to gently steer him towards the more subdued worsted weight wool. I think he'll be pleased with the choices when cold weather returns in the fall. (And I'd rather buy a machine-made sweater from Gap Kids for him than knit with beaded mohair in any color!)

And as usual (which is another reason I'm so glad that Dan made me go), I ran into many fiber-y friends and was able to reconnect with a few people whom I haven't seen in way too long. Some talk about Jackson's Asperger's, but a lot of talk about yarn. It was a lovely way to spend Mother's Day, again.
Jackson spying on the felting demonstration going on in the Yurt.
Amelia learning to spy with her big brother.
"Um, maybe we shouldn't be doing this, Big Brother..."
A happy girl with her new doll. (And yes, that's Jackson's Hoodie from 2007 that she's wearing. I LOVE that this sweater has become a hand-me-down and is still getting use from my kids!)
Jackson got a new doll too; there's that kettle corn...
Jackson's yarn. He wanted green, I wanted blue (to show off his BLUE eyes!), so I compromised and bought both. Yeah, it was really a stretch for a Knitter to have to buy more yarn...

P.S. Click here to watch a video about Shepherd's Harvest. Maybe we'll see you there next year!


Ruth's Place said...

Gorgeous dolls, wonderful yarn, looks like the perfect Mother's Day.

Maggie said...

I read your blog entries about Jackson's diagnosis. I am a parent of a 27 year old daughter with Down Syndrome. She works competitively and lives independently. When she was born, someone sent me this I always have heeded her words in the good and difficult times. There is life after a diagnosis, we just must choose how it affects us and our children. It sounds like you are on the right path!

Becca said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! Looks like a great day with your beautiful family (LOVE Amelia's darling curly locks!!). Thanks also for sharing so much about your journey with Jackson and Aspergers. You are a brave and loving mom (to a brave and loving son) - a great example for us all!