May 8, 2009

Wooly Wooly part 2

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 5:53 am by Jenn

As promised here is a continuation of the post with links to the vendors I loved from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Sorry for all the links and pictures, but I know you’ll love it!

The first thing we did when we arrived at the festival was enter the main exhibition area and bought a fleece.  7.75 pounds of merino…super soft and yummy.  Of course I forgot to take a picture so you’ll have to wait to see the finished product but our intention was to buy a chocolate colored fleece…I’m pretty sure what we ended up with will be a steel gray or pewter color once it’s cleaned and processed in to combed top….we’ll have to wait and see.  We dropped the fleece off to Zeilinger’sand should be getting the combed top back in 4 -6 weeks!  YAY.  Can’t wait.  I’m curious to see how much we get back…it didn’t look too dirty so I’m guessing maybe 5 pounds back…that would be 2.5 pounds of combed top a piece to spin spin spin….

What am I going to spin it on?  Funny you should ask.  I have some cash stashed away for a spinning wheel.  I’m trying to decide which one I want, but I know who I’m getting it from…The Merlin Tree.  If you are going to buy a wheel, you might as well buy it from a super nice guy in a kilt!  My sister has one of his Hitchhiker’s and she love’s it.  She brought the wheel with her to the festival to inquire about having it made in to a double treadle.  Sure enough, Dave said no problem.  They chatted for a while,  I was impressed so he’ll be getting my business…best of all, he’s a Vermonter!  SOLD!

Here’s a picture of Dave

Dave

Now to back track.  Before we even left the main exhibition hall I parted with with some cash for this great scarf kit from Cloverhill Yarn Shop.  The kit is to make the Gradiance Lace Scarf designed by Kelly Eells.  The colors are great and I can’t wait to start knitting it up.   Cloverhill is the shop that my sister goes to for her spinning group and I’ll be joining them this Friday to spin for a few hours.  If you live in the Maryland/Baltimore area and have an interest in spinning make sure to pay them a visit.  They even have wheels that they rent for VERY reasonable prices.  I’m trying the Ashford Traveler right now and plan to rent either the Ashford Joy or Ladybug on Friday….decisions, decisions.

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We wondered for a while and happened upon the American Cormo Sheep Association booth.  I immediately grabbed up this yummy bundle of fiber.  It’s a brown with a pinkish tinge to it and I can’t wait to spin it up.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make a plyed yarn…keeping fingers crossed.

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One of the best surprises of the day was seeing the Creatively Dyed Yarn booth at the festival.  Apparently there was a last minute cancellation and she was able to get a spot last minute.  I’m sure she wasn’t sorry.  The booth was PACKED!  Yarn was flying off the shelves left and right and the women (and men) were oohing and aahing over the fiber.  The website doesn’t do the fiber justice, but trust me…the colors are nothing less than spectacular.  You WON’T be sorry.  I bought once skein of the Tradewinds – a Superwash/Nylon blend with a whopping 510 yds per skein.  The colorway is Butong and I’m planning to make the Drop Stitch Scarf  from the Spring/Summer 2009 Vogue Knitting (Ravelry link).   The owner – Dianne was running the registered and when my sister paid for her yarn, she mentioned that the sweater she was wearing was made from Creatively Dyed and Dianne just got the sweetest look on her face and said, “That’s mine?”….she was so surprised and humbled.  It was awesome.

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Next we wondered over to the Brooks Farmbooth to pick up some yarn for my mom to make a Clapotis for the principal at my nephew’s school.  I must say that I was IMPRESSED with this yarn.  The yarn my mom wanted was Duet, and it was great.  As I wondered through the booth I came across Primero which was SUPER FAB.  In fact, as I looked around ALL of the yarn was yummy.  It was so yummy that I couldn’t choose.  I mean really, I was overwhelmed an almost started to cry.  I was nothing like being in the crazy yarn store.  There was yarn EVERYWHERE and I could touch it.  I did not purchase one single skein but I will….you can count on that.

We wondered around a little more and I bought a few funny buttons for my knitting bag.  “Fiber it’s not just for breakfast”, “Spinning because knitting’s not weird enough” and “A bad day of knitting is better than a good day at work”.  LOL, 3 for $5…I had to do it.

Tess’s Designer Yarn’s was very very interesting.  Check this post out for more details on that.  I didn’t buy anything here, but I have some of her yarn already.  It’s great.  I’m knitting my Clapotis out of her sock yarn.

I also bought a pattern for a hexagonal scarf that my mom, sister and I are going to knit as a knit along while we are watching tv in the evening.  It’s made with Jojoland’s Melody yarn.  I didn’t buy the yarn, because by this point I was running short on cash and I still had lots to see at the show.

We stopped at a couple more booths and I finally ended up buying a knitty knoddy from the Spanish Peacock.  Again, a great guy who loves custom work so if you have a special request send it his way, you will not be disappointed.  After my knitty knotty purchase I had 2 dollars in my wallet – time to go home.

So there you have it…my favorite vendors from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Check them out!

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2 Comments »

  1. Jessica said,

    jealous.

    Don’t be a hater! LOL. I’ll hook you up with whatever your heart desires my friend.

  2. […] last it was here…remember back to my post from Maryland Sheep and Wool?  The fleece we purchased and sent off to Zeilinger’s had arrived.  Heather couldn’t […]


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