Family, Knitting, Maryland Sheep and Wool

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2015

I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you all about one of the biggest highlights of my year: The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival! 🐏🐏🐏

Mom and I go every year; it’s sort of become our Mothers Day tradition. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• This year, my sister in law, Annelies, and little niece, Vera, came too!

It was so nice to have them along, and we had suchΒ a marvelous time!

And yes, I stayed up late the night before, blocking my Lace Leaf ShawlΒ on the floor of my parent’s guest room so that I could wear it to the festival! πŸ˜‰

There was a lot of fabulous yarn bombing going on at the festival, and I am a huge fan of yarn bombing!…

There were beautifully yarn bombed trees and fences…

… all along the path leading into the festival…

…and adorable little knitted and crocheted sheep dotted about here and there…

…even the entrance itself…

…was decorated with colorful knitting!

Here is one of my very favorite things about the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival – so many fiber-arts-loving people relaxing outdoors and working on their projects together! I always find myself wishing that I had brought my camp chair so I could sit down and join in!

There were more vendors than I could count, and they were all amazing!…

The sheer range of colors on display was staggering!

This vendor (Woolbuddy, I believe) had adorable and fascinating felted items; and just look at that enormous felted giraffe!!

Many vendors had items made from their yarns on display; this particular vendor (Scandinavian Weave and Knit) would give you the pattern for free with your yarn purchase!

In addition to those outdoors under tents, there were also many vendors inside the vast tunnel-like buildings…

Aren’t the colors amazing?!

We could not get over these booties! Aren’t they precious?! We would have gotten some for Vera, but she’s growing so fast that they would have been too small in just a week or two… Nevertheless, they are totally adorable!

Another thing I absolutely love about the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is the people. All the many people wearing lovely handknit or crocheted garments they crafted themselves, or perhaps were gifted by a friend or loved one…

We met these two lovely ladies and their gorgeous handknit shawls just inside the entrance!

Just look at these amazing hats! Aren’t they fab?!

I love the colors, shapes, and textures on her vest…

…and this lovely lace knit sweater!

This stunning circular shawl had to be the most spectacular sighting of the day, though!

And then there were the animals, the wonderful animals!

We saw angora goats…

…keeping cool in the shade…

…lots of lovely sheep…

This friendly little guy just wanted to play!

And it looks like he found the perfect buddy! 😊

Sheep are very social…

…clearly,Β they like to be together! ☺️

And let’s not forget the angora rabbits!…

And what treasures, I’m sure you’re all wondering, did I bring home with me from the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival?…

These lovely gradients are from the Fiber Optics booth! I’m planning to knit an Echo Flowers shawl with the lace weight neon gradient, and the lovely fingering weight raspberry gradients are going to be a pink and white shawl for my sister Melody!

These beauties are from the Scandinavian Weave and KnitΒ booth! Their yarns were absolutely stunning, and so were all of their knitting patterns! It was really hard to leave their booth… I haven’t yet decided exactly what to make with these gorgeous skeins…ideas…suggestions…?

I’m good at spinning in the worsted style, and nowΒ I’m learning to spin in the woolen style. I picked up these gorgeous balls of roving from Riverside Farm’s booth and plan to spin some nice soft yarn once I get a bit more practice in!

These are some lovely gems I picked up at the festival as well…

This lovely glass bead was hand made by Kris Schaible. Isn’t it stunning?! I got a second one for my aunt-in-law who is into beadwork, and she loved it! Kris was kind enough to mount both beads on lovely ribbons for me so they’d be ready to wear!

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This lotion is the best!

It’s all natural, smells heavenly, and feels even better! It even works wonders for sunburn! 😊❀️

Does anyone else enjoy the Maryland Sheep & Wool?Β If so, we want to hear all about it!Β What do you like best?

13 thoughts on “Maryland Sheep & Wool 2015”

    1. Thank you, Bekki! I look forward to the Maryland Sheep & Wool all year, and it never disappoints! And I do love me a Fiber Optic Gradient! Do you have a favorite yarn/fiber event in your area?

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      1. Hi Sarah, Funny enough I went to a new event at the weekend, which I think may become my new favourite event. Am planning on blogging about it but had a small op on my left arm yesterday, so not quite ready to type larger amounts :-(. Here in the UK of course, it was indoors!

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      2. How exciting! I’m looking forward to reading all about your experience! Hope your op went well and that you’re feeling better soon! 😊

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      3. Thank you. And yes thanks op went well, almost something of nothing. Although can’t knit or crochet for a few days and what’s the point of being ill if you can’t do that?

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      4. You’re welcome! Glad to hear it went well! How frustrating not to be able to knit or crochet while you’re recovering! I agree – Its just not fair! Although I also understand how it is, especially if you’re on any painkillers – I couldn’t knit for two weeks while I was recovering from surgery last Spring, partly because the painkillers made me both really sleepy and really loopy… 😏 But I imagine your situation is more due to letting your arm itself heal before doing too much… Hopefully looking at and reading about and talking about knitting and crochet will take the edge off a bit until you’re able to get back into it again!

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      5. You’re right, it just needs a few days to heal. I have been reading and chatting about knitting and crochet and, I confess, I seem to have managed to make some online yarn purchases too πŸ™‚

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  1. Thank you so very much for sharing this experience with us. I loved it. I have never seen such an event, and I wish I could have been there. I think one day will just not be enough for me.
    It looked so beautiful there, with all the stalls and vendors, not to mention the stunning weather.
    All the yarns and goods were stunning, and I will say, the Giraffe was my absolute favourite. Adorable, besides the actual and real sheep, bunnies, and other furry darlings.
    Thanks so much for a great post!! πŸ™‚

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    1. You are most welcome! Thank you for your kind words! I’m so very glad that you enjoyed the post, and I certainly wish you could have been there too!! I know you would have loved it! You have a very good point about one day not being enough! I have to agree with you! It would be great to be able to stay the whole two days, from open to close! ❀️ And you are right – the Giraffe was pretty awesome! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

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