Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shepherd's Harvest Wool Festival

Wow! What a great weekend. After I got over the idea that I had to rent a car to be able to get there it was really wonderful. It's true that I did have about $70.00 less to spend on yarn, but hey, that's how it goes. Petting the yarn was really nice, but I was focussed mostly on the fleece. I bought 4 ounces of a nice purple/blue/teal roving with sparkly angelina fiber in it. Very soft and nifty. I also bought 5 ounces of a striking purple/blue/lavender/black romney roving. Romney is one of my favorite breeds to spin. The cat really likes to spin it too. See?
I picked up a nice two-toned spindle. It doesn't have as nice a balance as I would like, but it was only $12.50, so I can't really complain. I looked longlingly at the fancy $50.00 ones but decided that I couldn't afford one of those.The most expensive thing I got was a new niddy noddy, in lovely maple wood, which was needed, since I have only a home made PVC one. probably the thing I'm most excited about is the half pound of the cleanest most gorgeous cormo fleece I've ever petted. It's so clean you would think it has already been washed. The crimp is nice and the color is a nice creamy white. I can't wait to spin it. But first I have to spin the the stuff in the pic so I can have yarn to give my secret sister in my local knitting group.
I had a really wonderful time visiting with friends. Me, Giulia, Sete and Giovanna spent most of Saturday either shopping for yarn or knitting. It was a great weekend. I hated to have to miss the event, especially since friends I don't see very often were there, but I had never actually been to a Fiber Fest before. Boy, was it great!


Debra said...

I jumped in and bought a whole cormo fleece! Squee! It's soo soft and lovely - with just a touch of lanolin. I'm thinking about spinning it 'in the grease' and not washing beforehand.

Daye said...

your enthusiasm is contagious! Maybe I'll knit during hockey tonight!

Anonymous said...

Incredible dresses you have! Most beautiful and medieval! Have you been to Europe yet? You should visit Spain, in Europe, my homeland, where I am now, you would love the castles (don't miss Segovia and Riaza), the medieval stone churches and thousands of small out of the path villages with ancient houses where history is alive. By the way, I enjoy handicrafts too, great entertainment, and very creative.
Best regards from Spain, from your reader,