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wool in a bag

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

I must admit that this festival was so much more than my expectations – WOW!  Anything and anyone fiber related was there:  plants used to dye naturally, fleeces, sheep shearing demo’s, auctions, wheels, etc.  It was a spinning/weaving/crafting palooza. While the ride up was cold and damp, well, downright rainy, that Saturday and Sunday were sunny and beautiful.  I learned so much about fleece quality and how to purchase fleeces, cleaning/skirting fleeces, and how it is all worked into yarn.  Quite a labor of love. All in all, it is a great festival and I am glad to have attended.  A long drive for us so I may attend a closer one, like the 2016 Fall Fiber Festival held at Montpelier.  Mark your calendars!

Williams sweater

Sheep & Wool Festival

If you are a yarn person, either spinner or crafter, this festival is reputed to be the bomb-diggity.  Each year Ronnie and I talk about making an appearance and, each year, that plan get’s bumped by other activities.  This year, while daughters are still home to look after Luna, we will make the pilgrimage; time has been taken off, rooms blocked off, and pennies being pinched. Even with those classes I wanted to take already full, it will be worth the ride to connect with like minded crafters and, perhaps, pick up a few tips to make my spinning a bit more consistent.  There are several family activities, for minimal fees, still available; if you are planning to attend, do not wait too long even for these activities. In the meantime, I will continue to create with commercially spun fibers from Lion brand and such.  This little beauty is for my new nephew, who will arrive in the next few months. Before some locals get their shorts in a bunch, I will add this disclaimer: I …