Monday, April 27, 2009

Upper Valley Fiber Festival

April 25, 2009

Upper Valley Fiber Festival

Tipp City, OH

We have only two fiber festivals each year within a reasonable driving distance from my home. The Upper Valley Fiber Festival in the spring, and The Wool Gathering in the fall. I enjoy these types of events so much, I make a real effort to attend both. The Upper Valley Fiber Festival is in it's third year of existence, so still small, but fun. Three members of our knitting group and I made the short trip north on Saturday to be greeted by these lovely sheep. Their pasture buddies had already been shorn, these were waiting their turn.

Rosy, a 4 week old goat is very docile and a delight to touch. Her mama is shown holding her.

The beginning of row one.

Yarnique is a yarn shop close to home, in Fairborn, OH. Stefanie was a delight to visit with. Her mom owns the shop, and I'm sure she gets a nice yarn discount for helping her with these shows. My photo doesn't do justice to the sweater and shawl. The sweater was beautifully knitted by Stefanie, and the shawl is hand woven, with I believe, handspun yarn, by another crafter.

Leslie, at Lee Lee's and Twisted Stitches, hand dyes all these roving's and yarns with the help of her friend. I thought her colors were just gorgeous. The BFL roving had a wonderful crimp, that I rarely see. I was very, very tempted to purchase some of that BFL, but refrained. I have so much fiber at home calling my name.

These two ladies were a hoot. They're from Fuzzarelly Fibers in Laconia, IN. They really enjoy their craft. I didn't get the name of the spinner. She was too busy on that wheel spinning a beautiful yarn. Her friend Nancy, in the lower photo was sporting a felted flower ring in her hair. I'm sure she made it. I asked her to hold up her shawl for a photo. This is handspun yarn and I believe she told me when she was finished, she casted off over 3000 stitches. WOW! The only fiber I treated myself to was the softest, most beautiful batt, carded by Nancy. It's made up of 80% Angora and 20% Merino.

A final shot of the "fiber buddies". From left to right, me, Karen, DeeAnn and Terri. We had a great time!

1 comment:

  1. I think I was just coming off the night shift that weekend. Wish I could have made it. It looks wonderful.