I haven’t posted here since July? Really? Time really gets away from you after you retire. How I got all this cool stuff done and work full time I’ll never know.
I have been attending two fiber festivals a year the last couple years. The Maryland Sheep & Wool in Friendship, MD and the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair up in Fletcher, NC. I just love roaming around looking at all the pretties and the animals. The drive up to Asheville was beautiful. The leaves are just starting to change and are going to peak and be gone before you can blink.
This year eight of us carpooled together and arrived at the festival by 9:30. The weather was sunny and cool. Perfect in my opinion. SAFF is a large festival with well over 100 vendors held every year at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. It’s only an hour and 30 minutes away and I’ve been attending for the last four years. Don’t ya just love the smell of wool in the morning? :)
We headed over to our friend Cindy Hart’s Hartworks Stoneware booth to check out what she had first. Cindy and her husband have a little ‘Gentleman’s Farm’ in West Union, SC and have been throwing pottery for years. I just love their beautiful Pine Pottery and now Cindy has started making Sheep related items; knitting needle holders, yarn bowls, buttons, pins and mugs!
Next we headed over to Miss Babs for her hand dyed sock yarn. She does a special, one-time only dye for the festival. The line just to get into her booth was CRAZY! Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some Miss Babs yarn but I’m not pushing and shoving and beating people back with a stick like it was some kind of blue light special on Black Friday just to get a skein of specially dyed sock yarn. Especially if I can get her yarn sitting on my sofa and delivered by the hunky Man in Brown :) Turns out her Special Sock Yarn sold out in 20 minutes! In other words it was all gone before we even pulled in the parking lot.
We decided to wander our own separate ways and meet up back at the cars for a little Show & Tell and a tailgate lunch in a couple hours. In addition to all the lushous, prepaired fibers there are all the lovely fiber animals; Llamas, Alpaca, all kinds of Sheep, Goats & Rabbits
This year it seemed like the fair was bigger. It took me two hours just to circle just the vendors on the top level of the arena. Not even half the vendors!! Oh but look at all the pretties!
White Cashmere Roving from Creekwater Farm in Pembrook, VA. Maroon Merino from Delly’s Delights Farm, lovely lovely blue Silk/Camel roving from Dragonfly Fibers, 2 shawl pins by Michelle’s Assortment and 2 skeins of hand dyed merino/silk and a pattern from Alisha Goes Around. All of this will have to wait until after the Christmas knitting is complete and the fiber still on the wheel from July is cleared off the wheel. All in all I spent more money than I planned, too much money, it was a great day!