I was only at the Festival for one day this year, but it was a very good day. I had a lovely time.
I saw some marvelous knitting, as you can see from this really delightful linked border, There were some absolutely fun shops, such as the yarn bus here.
There were also so many marvelous festival goers, the sheep to shawl competition, shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, and of course all the marvelous food vendors.
I have to admit, however, that I mostly go for
I got Hitch from Cooperative Press.
Browns and Orange tapestry mohair from Flying Goat Farm. I know, I know, Mohair and I have a problematic relationship, but I have a real weakness for local vendors at the S&W, it was just $5 a 100 yard skein and, besides, the colors are just so vibrant and amazing!
I’m thinking of a stranded hat here, with the orange just popping out.
This wasn’t the only mohair bargain which suckered me in. Early Sunday afternoon, the proprieter of Spinaway Farms booth must have seen me coming, because he put up a sign declaring all his boucle yarns at 50% off. I scored 200 yards of mohair boucle for $6. How could I walk past that? The website isn’t operational yet, and he hasn’t got an entry in the Ravelry database yet, so this years festival is presumably one of his first venues. Very exciting.
I also bought a wonderful skein of worsted weight yarn from The Cavey Family Sheep and Wool company. It’s 80% Montdale, 20% mohair (yes, I know, it’s a trend) and died orange with “Gaywood Wattle Bark”. It’s about two shades darker than the Swanns Island fingering I got last month, I’m thinking co-ordinating hat and shawl. They Cavey Family also doesn’t have a Ravelry presence, or even a web site. She said she has a shop in her home, hours by appointment. If you’re going near New Windsor Maryland you might want to give her a call at 410.635.2459. Tell her I’m the woman who said she’ll enter something from this in next years contest, and that I said hi.
Last, but not least, I picked up some yarn to knit a replacement “Bigger on the Inside” shawl. (It’s a sad story, I must have left it at a restaurant on the way from here to Ohio last year, when I was getting the younger child from school.) This is from Ashton Studio Arts, whose online store is currently down, but also has an Etsy shop, This is another shop in the home. I actually drove by there once and couldn’t find the place, because it’s not only in state, it’s a short drive from my home.
So, yeah, I scored lots and lots of good loot.
I entered three items in the skein and garment competition this year, and won a ribbon for each. I have to admit, I’m walking about six feet off the ground right now.
Playing to the Judges doll cowl – fourth place ribbon in “Knitting for Dolls and Bears” category. The judges really liked it, but thought that it should have been blocked.
Vexing Socks – fourth place in the “Socks – Commercial Yarn” category. The judges liked the design. Thought that the fairl isle technique was good, but that the top was stretched out, and that they showed signs of being worn. Should have been washed out and blocked.
Tam of Rassillon – first place in the “Garment with more than one color of commercial yarn” category. The judges liked the color and the finish, and said it had a beautiful hand.
So, yay! Go me.
Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways
I didn’t win the Expression Fiber Arts April giveaway, the Messenger Bag from Lisa Bogart or the Merletta from This Knitted Life.
I entered the May giveaway from Lisa Bogart – a cute scissors fob (30 May).
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