I also had the good fortune to meet, in person, my friend. We have known each other for a year now through the internet, but live too far apart to cross paths often. Some observations:
1. I want a spinning wheel. (I don't need it; I waaant it.)
2. wool + dye + twist = magic. (Even better in person.)
3. I have a very dear friend. (Also even better in person!)
Resting up tonight; the deep breath before the plunge. The next couple of days will be busy with last-minute sewing, taking photos, and preparing for listing items in my Etsy shop on Tuesday. Can't wait!