My Weekend with Pictures
The festival was delightful. It’s held in the same space as the Sheep and Wool festival, but at only 6 years old it hasn’t ‘grown into’ it yet. Many of the vendors are housed within the buildings, some share barn space with livestock.
The alpaca by herself was named Luna. One of the other two was called Teddy. The bunny (from Akers farm) reacted by petting to grooming itself. I don’t know enough about rabbits to know if this was a happy or dismayed reaction.
I had a nice conversation with one of the Akers farms vendors about angora as a fiber. It seems to have more of a halo than mohair, and she tells me it’s nowhere near as nasty to frog. Anyone have any experience?
I also saw a nice drum carder demo (alpaca, not angora) at the Spinning Mill booth.
Naturally there was awesome yarn. Much of it was from Maryland farmers, but there were plenty of other yarn vendors as well.
This backlit picture is the Grey Meadows Alpaca Farm booth. Each skein is labeled with the name of the animal who provided the fiber. I got a skein from Buck . 200 yards of a skinny sport/heavy fingering. I don’t know where that’s destined to go, but who can resist when you know their names?
I also purchased a skein of Astral yarn, but I managed to lose the receipt so I don’t know what booth it case from. That one is a mixture of Alpaca, wool and Tencel. It’s a lovely grey, and I have some wool-tencel yarn which coordinates nicely. I’m thinking a shawl/mitts set is in the future…
I also picked up a string of beads which coordinates beautifully with some pink laceweight I got in a yarn grab bag from Knitpicks.
I got amazing chocolate from Parfections , both ghost pepper bark and coffee crunch bark, and some roasted pecans. Very good stuff.
I ended up spending a couple of hours each day at the festival. I scouted on Saturday and got the Astral yarn, then came back on Sunday when I realized that I needed just the right beads for the lace project (and because that skein of ‘Buck’s yarn’ was calling to me.
Fiber festivals are the best place to show off your yarnwork. I got lots of compliments on the Tam of Rassilon on Saturday, and on the Belle Greene shawl on Sunday. The shawl led to a recommendation to find Tudor Roses, which sounds delightful.
The low point came on Saturday, when I wandered into a swap meet of some sort, and encountered some people who were shockingly bad tempered in contrast. I think it just goes to show that people are nicer when they’re doing something associated with something they love.
It was a really lovely time overall. I would have loved to be able to strut my stuff in a skein and garment competition, but they didn’t have the volunteer power to run one this year. If you’d like to change that (or even just to find out more before next years festival) check out the Facebook group.
Closing image – some lovely felted hats from the Wild Rose Suri Ranch: