Last weekend was the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. We went Sunday because on Saturday it was raining cats and dogs and there was no way I was leaving my house to trek through the mud. Fortunately Sunday was a much nicer day. It was cool and still a little muddy but perfect for handknits. I saw a lot of colorful shawls and some thick cabled sweaters, and lots of people wearing fingerless mitts. I was wearing Jane and I wished I had added another layer or at least a hat, but I managed ok.
Every year they have sheep shearing demonstrations. It's a little weird because I don't think they shear them the way a handspinner would want with the entire fleece intact. but it's fun to watch anyway. i don't think the sheep like it much.
There are quite a few alpaca farms in the area, so there are always cute alpacas floating around. This poor guy seemed a bit agitated, maybe because some asshole was pointing her phone at him.
They didn't have sheep herding demonstrations this year, which made me a little sad. I'm always fascinated to watch the dogs working the sheep. We skipped the famed artichoke french which always seems to show up at these things, but we did indulge in some baked potatoes and fried fritters, which were delicious.
I tried to keep my haul reasonable this year. I got 4oz of raw English angora. I love angora fiber and I'm sure this will find its way into several spinning blends. I got some mixed BFL and merino/silk fiber from Stone Edge Fibers, some worsted superwash merino and fingering MCN from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, and a skein of 2ply sock from BitsyKnits. I have almost no variegated handpainted yarn in the stash, having moved beyond that phase long ago, but i wanted to see how it looks woven so i bought a couple of skeins.
I'm going to be very busy in the coming month but i'm going to try my best to use some of these goodies soon.