Soooo....two weeks ago I was in Wisconsin and I went to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. If you're interested in my non-stash photos, you can find them in this post...but I may wind up repeating a few of them. Live with it.
Firstly, the fibers (because, really, it was a Sheep & Wool festival...of course I bought fiber):
|River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Island Merino, 4 oz, unknown color|
I won this in an auction bid with yarn from the same dyer, River's Edge Fiber Arts. It's 100% Falkland Island Merino and I have no idea what the colorway is but it's got mostly browns and greys but there are hints of blue, green, and purple. It should be a fun spin. Someday.
|Whispering Pines Shetland, 2 oz total, Under the Sea|
These four are deceiving. Each one is only a half-ounce of Shetland fiber from Whispering Pines, and they came a long way from New York. It was some of the last that she dyed herself so I scooped up four of them. She dubbed these "Under the Sea" and they are, obviously, mostly greens and blues but I suspect there are some purples in there, as well. I won't know until I get around to spinning it.
|Whispering Pines Shetland, 1/2 oz, "Blue Diamond"|
|Whispering Pines Shetland, 2 oz total, Neck Wool|
|Whispering Pines Shetland, 3 oz total, "Fanny"|
In addition to the fiber, there was also yarn...because of course.
|Illinois Wool & Fiber Mill, 150 yds bulky handspun|
|Bleating Heart Haven Corriedale, 500 yds total, sport weight|
Again, this was an auction win. Bleating Heart Haven is located somewhere near Milwaukee and I do have some yarn from them somewhere in my stash. These are about 250 yds each, about a sport weight. The fiber is Corriedale and is a dark chocolate brown with little flecks of something lighter. I have no idea what I'm going to make but it's going to be epic. Maybe.
|Sun Valley Fibers 80/20 Merino Nylon, fingering weight|
|Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm, Coquette Sock|
|Sophie's Toes Merino Sock Yarn|
|Sophie's Toes BFL/Nylon Sock Yarn|
|Neck-Down Base Shawl|
I also won this yarn in the auction (along with the fiber from the same company: River's Edge Fiber Arts). Apparently it called to me, demanding to be wound...so I hand-wound it while watching movies at my bestie's house.
In addition to the fiber and yarn, I also came home with two support spindles and the bowl:
That's where that open Shetland fiber is going....
This is a Handy Andy, which is for Andean plying. Normally, you wind your remaining single onto your hand...which can get a little tight or heavy so this takes that burden.
Two "FiberKnotes" notebooks. They have knitters' graph paper, lined pages, and blank pages. Oh, and a bookmark.
I picked up a squid mug from Jennie the Potter. It was the only one like it she had it became mine in a heartbeat.
So, full disclosure and all that. Happy knitting and spinning!