This is a picture heavy post, y'all. Sorry-not-sorry. (Also what are you complaining about, you on a dial up or something?)
We left Murfreesboro at the crack of 8:00 a.m. and drove straight on to a little berg outside of Knoxville where we left wee Bu, happy as the proverbial clam, with her grandma. Bu is a child of a different disposition from her older sister. Older sister would not have suffered staying behind at Granny's gracefully. Bu was pretty much, "Sure, yeah, see ya, bye. Granny and I have stuff to do... are you still here?"
Then off we went for Asheville. We stopped at the Tupelo Honey Cafe for a late lunch slash early dinner (side note: they have built a Tupelo Honey in Franklin across the street from my office. Cue high-pitched, inarticulate sounds of joy).
|Bestie Jess and I at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville|
We walked around downtown Asheville for a bit (whereupon I suffered from a bout of camnesia. Took no pictures the entire time). But I did prove that I can navigate on foot from Tupelo Honey to Purl's Yarn Emporium from memory, so there's that. We didn't buy anything, because SAFF and the markets were the next day. It was fun to poke around and look though.
We also passed by a wig shop (because why not?) and I kept muttering, "Vhen vill you vear vigs?" every time I saw the place because I think I'm funny (YouTube link).
Other than a trip to Target and some truly mediocre live music paired with some truly fantastic goat cheese balls (not a euphemism) at the hotel bar, that was pretty much it for Friday's excitement.
Saturday is when shit got real.
Now, SAFF is not in the same building as it used to be, and they moved the weekend too. I truly missed the "THIS IS NOT THE TRACTOR SHOW" sign this year, but whaddya gonna do? The new venue meant that the vendors were nicely spaced and that there was plenty of room to move around, but since everything was all on a level, you totally lost the SHOCK AND AWE spectacle of seeing the vendor floor spread out down below in the arena when you first walk in.
Not that there wasn't plenty of shock and awe to be had.
|Best Jess is not amused at my picture taking shenanigans|
|Morgan was very patient with me tho|
|HOLY CRAP THOSE OWLS|
|I picked up a gradient kit in these colors from the Unique Sheep.|
|Who doesn't love a llama in a hat?|
|How gorgeous is this wool rug?|
|Bestie Koren and I at the Vendor Market|
So that night, drunk on yarn fumes, we headed back to the hotel to
Morgan fell in love with some alpaca. We had to tell her to stop cuddling it before it all felted.
On Sunday we went back and saw some critters. This llama and I are going to run away together and get married. He doesn't know it yet, but I'm sure it will be fine.
|What a handsome lad|
And a whole whack of sheep and goats. Pictured here are Spotty Dotty, Comma Butt, and Gradient Gus. Jess is not allowed to name most things, but if I had sheep, I might let her name some of those.
This is the where the vendors were last year. Looking down on that was nothing but SHOCK AND AWE I tell you.
Then it was back in the car and off to find lunch. We stopped at a great place in Asheville called The Barleycorn Pub, where Morgan reports she was served the best hamburger that she has ever eaten. My corned beef hash was pretty frickin' spectacular too.
The fun thing about travelling with a GPS as your navigator is that sometimes you get taken by the most interesting routes. I fed the address to the Barleycorn into Carmen (that's the GPS). After we got off of the interstate and started driving through a residential area I asked Carmen, "Are we going to someone's house for lunch?"
"Turn Right onto Haywood Road," came the reassuring reply. In the end we drove straight to the place, and I should never have doubted her.
The mountains were absolutely fabulous on the way back. The weather had turned ever so slightly colder, and the colors of the leaves just snapped. Gorgeous. If you can ever go drive in the Smoky Mountains in the fall, do it.
Back in Knoxville, we got to meet wee Baby Ruth (who is absolutely beautiful), and chat with big brother Thomas. Oh and their parents were there too.
Wee Bu was thrilled to see us, but was not best pleased to realize that it was time to go home. She voiced her displeasure with this new circumstance but was finally appeased with the application of animal crackers and Iron Man on the radio. I was likewise appeased with the application of Starbucks, and homeward we continued.
I decided it would be best to warn Carl about the yarn situation before I got home.
I was kidding.
|I bought some yarns|
So that's SAFF in a nutshell. I didn't take a class this year, but there was lovely food, lovely company, lovely yarn. BOOM.
Oh! And I finished Carl's socks! They'll warrant their own post in a day or two.
|Is it time to start the toe yet?|
Overall I give the weekend an A++, Would Go Again.