Monday, October 22, 2012

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival 2012

Thanks to a large period of straight up unemployment after graduating college, I had a lot of time on my hands and decided to learn how to knit and eventually crochet. Now as a freelancer I still have down time from time to time and I love to create these new projects; challenging myself with new patterns and techniques.

Then I found out that one of the largest sheep and wool festivals happens just around the corner from where I live, this year was my second time going and it seems as though its grown in popularity, which is always a good thing. Despite being uber crowded at times where you could barely move through an aisle, the amount diversity in the yarns and other knitting goods was enormous. I had to restrain myself a bit after buying a few skeins of yarn for some pre-decided projects, because there's just so much and well yarn can be pretty damn expensive.

And of course the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck offers a wide range of activities and workshops from a frisbee dog competition, knitting courses, cooking demonstrations and an array of of baked goods there's something for everyone.

To learn more about the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival click HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

I was back for my second year at the New York Comic Con, this time for two days, and I just can't wait until next year!

This year the con sold out of tickets weeks before the doors to the Javits Center opened and it was packed, no matter where you walked you either bumped into Batman, Bane or the admiring fan taking a photo of their favorite cosplayer. Usually something like this would just make me cranky, but not while at comic con, because although you're stuck in a people traffic jam you're stuck amongst fellow nerds who will have an impromtu discussion on the merits of The Walking Dead tv show versus the original comics (which I love!) or learn about new cons such a special My Little Pony con that is directed more towards men.

It's a unique experience where you get to meet new people who all share the same nerdy love that you have for comics, film and television alike. Next year though I plan on springing for a 4 day pass, with the New York Comic Con's growing popularity, nearly rivaling the famous San Diego Comic Con, it's going to be just that much harder to see everything you want to in only two days.

But for now, a highlight of photos from the two days I got to go: