I planned this year’s adventure to the sheep and wool
festival with great care. I was
determined to focus on the quality of my purchases and not the quantity of yarn
and tools that I could buy. I’ve spent a
great deal of time and effort reducing my stash and I’m determined to reduce it
down even further. I haven’t purchased
yarn without a purpose for at least a year.
Truth be told, I still have unused yarn that I purchased at my first 3
trips to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
I arrived at the Festival at 9:45 a.m.
The traffic was light and I got a terrific
Since I now know the
layout of the Festival, I went to the large barn first.
There are so many vendors and such a variety
of yarn that it really is overwhelming.
The crowds were not too bad but it was difficult to really browse some
of the vendor’s yarn.
I have two
favorite vendors in the barn.
Spirit Trail Fiberworks
and the other is Ellen’s Half Pint Farm
I found lovely yarn at both booths but Spirit
Trail was a little too crowded for me to really make any decisions.
I took my time this year and looked at the vendors that
didn’t carry yarn. I was amazed at the
assortment of tools, jewelry, and knitting and spinning items that I hadn’t
noticed in prior visits. There were
wonderful Shaker style Yarn baskets.
They are on my list for next year.
I saw lots of beautiful buttons too.
Leaving the barn, I decided to check out the area where the
herding dogs were. I enjoyed watching
them. I noticed a few vendors in the
area and since I hadn’t been to that part of the fairgrounds before, I decided
to check them out. I’m so glad that I
I found this wonderful yarn bowl by Sue Henshaw
Here work is magnificent.
The glaze and the artwork of sheep and the
fence along the lower edge make it a true favorite.
Added to that is the side pocket for my tools
This is sitting in my
living room proudly displayed on the table next to my knitting chair.
While in that same area, I discovered Blossom Buddies by a
This cute little kit by Linda Minnick of Mid Valley Fibers
is packaged with the
directions to make the blossom buddies on Size 8 needles and enough yarn to
make two of them.
These kits were $11 so
I purchased one.
I made my usual stop to see the sheep. These are my favorite photos of the day.
As always the items in the garment competition were
outstanding. I hope to enter one of
projects in the future. I was fascinated
by the stitch pattern in this hat.
And finally, after browsing many vendors, I decided that my
yarn purchase would be at Ellen’s Half Pint Farm
Last year I purchased yarn and the pattern
for the Wildflower Jacket from her booth. The Wildflower Jacket is a shawl made of 5 equilateral triangles. It drapes beautifully.
This shawl has become a wardrobe staple and I really wanted to make
This lovely golden brown
yarn is 1400 yards of a 50% Merino/50% Tencel mix.
It’s amazing how much I appreciate the yarn, having come
home with only one skein. I still wind
my yarn the old fashioned way. So I
spent several evenings this week winding the yarn as the hank was supported on
the back of two of my dining room chairs.
So after much anticipation, the Maryland Sheep and Wool
Festival has come and gone.
I have to
wait a whole year for the next one.
already planning my purchases for next year.
The Shaker Yarn basket is on top of my list.
And of course, if I can’t make it until next
May, there’s always Rhinebeck
in the Fall.
Labels: bought yarn, New Project, travel