As I mentioned on the blog before, last weekend was the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and I was able to spend Saturday morning at the event. My reaction: whoa. It was different from any knitting event I'd been to in the past. I arrived at the fest early in the morning, and it wasn't too busy, but as the day went on more and more people kept arriving. Yes, this was a big event (the second largest fiber festival in the country, I've heard)! While I didn't end up getting any photos of the festival itself, I managed to see most of what I wanted to... and brought home a few goodies! :)
First up, a skein of Buffalo Skies DK from The Buffalo Wool Co., a heathery blend of Bison and Merino. This skein currently holds the title of being the only Bison-blend yarn in my stash.
At Shelridge yarns, I bought two skeins of a lovely hand-dyed DK-weight wool. I'm planning to use the blue skein to make Hunter Hammersen's lovey Distinct Moral Support hat.
Craft-book publisher Cooperative Press had a booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and my Mom bought me What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit? there. Named after Madame Defarge, a famous knitting character in the book A Tale of Two Cities, this book features knitting patterns and essays inspired by classic literature. You can see photos of the patterns on Ravelry here.
I also got some buttons for my now-almost-finished sweater. These are from Favour Valley Woodworking, made out of maple branches. I think the wood of these buttons will go nicely with the tree theme of the sweater.
One last yarn to show off. These are some lovely, fine laceweight skeins from Holly Road Fiber Farm. Each one contains 500 yards of yarn, and these weren't even the thinest yarns at the booth! I think they would be perfect for a really lacey project.
Remember all those stitch markers I was making for the swap at the festival? I didn't make the main swapper meet-up, but I traded a few and got some lovely ones in exchange (as well as a badge for participating):
All that to say, I had a great time, got some great mementos, and hope to go back again now that I have more of a sense of how it all works!
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
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