Wednesday weekend woundup

Eddie Izzard and sheep.

Eddie Izzard: oh, dear lord but he was funny.  I mean, well – DUH, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this tour may eclipse all others.*  I’ve compared notes with others who have seen it in different venues as he has gone around the East Coast, and it’s clearly much more fluid than his earlier work.  Extended jokes that had us on the floor in Washington were only tiny bits in Boston.  Philly got something new and different… who knows how it will be by the time it gets to the West Coast.  I am only hoping that they’re filming most of them for a DVD spectacular.

I won’t go on and on about it, because (as John can attest) there are few things more tedious than someone repeating bits from a comedy show you haven’t been to.  Suffice it to say, if you get a chance to see him, go.  If you don’t, be on the lookout for the DVD from this tour.


This year was less about yarn than last year and more about spindles. My friend Rachel came up from Virginia with her beau Dan and since Rachel’s an experienced spindler, I took the opportunity to pick her brain and learn how to drop-spindle without so much of the dropping part. We ogled a lot of spindles until we came to Goldings, and there we pretty much stopped dead and said, “I want” in two-part harmony:

Goldings Spindles

Could you blame us?

John enjoyed some of the collateral crafts as usual:

John enjoying a gorgeous rocking chair

There was the usual assortment of adorable fiber-bearing beasties:

More pygmy goats

Rachel photographing sheep

Some were apparently hilarious:

Kid laughing at sheep

Some were arty:

Sheep and shadows

And some were groovy:


The music tent provided a nice place to sip a root-beer float and rest after a lot of walking:

Rachel and Dan listening to old-timey music

Or play:

Kid peering under music tent

And then it was time to go home, get a quick drop-spindle lesson (thunk!) and say goodbye to Rachel and Dan.

So, that was my weekend – how was yours?

ETA: More photos from this years MDS&W are here.

* Yes, even you die-hard, “He will never be as funny as he was in Dress to Kill ” people.  I prefer Definite Article anway.  Tomayto, tomahto.


  1. Wow! Those are beautiful spindles! It looks like you had a great time.