It’s been an action-packed two weeks here in Virginia so far and there are still a few days to go before I’m Texas bound. Last weekend I finally fulfilled a many-years-long dream and went to Maryland Sheep & Wool!
I thought it was a really well run festival, and it was the perfect weekend for it – cold in the morning and towards evening, warm in the afternoon, bright and sunny all day long.
There were open spaces with tents for shade and people brought lawn chairs and blankets to just sit and knit and enjoy their friends.
There were barns and barns of fiber, yarn, tools, felting paraphernalia, and finished objects.
There was all kinds of Fair Food. I availed myself of the chocolate-dipped frozen yogurt, Lions pizza, and lemonade.
There were people wearing the most lovely knitted and crocheted goods – that’s one of the things I love most about Fiber Festivals – so many people dress to impress!
And of course there were the sheep and goats! More sheep than goats. This was my favorite sheep (I love her little black face) -
And this charmer was my mom’s favorite -
She thinks he looks like trouble.
There were a couple of vendors there I was particularly delighted to see – Golding, who made the BEAUTIFUL spindle my in-laws gave me (the Art Nouveau one) was there and I almost left with another Golding spindle (the Celtic Sheep one) – or a Lazy Kate. They make such wonderful and lovely tools it’s hard to walk away!
I was also delighted to see Into the Whirled – I first shopped with them at the New England Fiber Festival when we were living in Providence, and it was right after I’d started spinning. Chris, the dyer, was so kind and patient with me that she made me feel right at home and she steered me towards some lovely stuff. I ended up getting a braid of hers in an Alpaca/Merino/Silk blend, and I can’t wait to spin it – I’ve been a strict wool girl so far and I’m excited to branch out!
It’s also such a great color!
I also loved the fiber at Misty Mountain Farm and almost got another pink and green, but forbore and left instead with this beauty -
It’s Blue-Faced Leicester, and I love it.
I’m tempted to do both of these ply-on-the-fly on my Art Nouveau Golding, but I am signed up for a Wheel Spinning class when I get back to TX, so I may hold off a bit. I’m really excited about the class; Kennedy Berry, who does all of the photography for Hill Country Weavers, is teaching, and she’s the best.
All in all we had a great time at the Fair! I hope I’ll be back around for a future MDS&W – it was crazy fun and I saw so much that was beautiful and inspiring. I just get jazzed up being around Fiber people – I love us!