Family, fiber festivals, Knitting

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival 2017

Yesterday was as close to a perfect day as I am likely to get! πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ‚

The weather was beautiful and it was Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival day in Berryville, Virginia;Β and I got to go with my sister-in-law, Annelies and my two-year-old niece, Vera!

We met up in Harrisonburg to carpool to the festival; and truly, the brilliant smiles with which they greeted me totally made my whole week! πŸ™‚

Well stocked with fabulous company and good coffee, the 1.5 hour drive flashed right on by and before we knew it, we had arrived at the festival just in time to get a prime parking spot! (An unusual occurrence for me! πŸ˜‚)

I showed Vera how to politely examine the soft and luxurious yarns on display in the vendor booths. Not only was this fun, but it helped re-direct the two-year-old urge to pull all brightly colored skeins off of the shelves and hooks! πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

But of course, the biggest hit of the day, by far, was the animals: Alpacas, sheep, and angora goats!

These adorable alpacas were so friendly and calm!

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The white one is named “Fenway”, and the brown is “Carpe Diem.”

 

They were just chillin’ and people-watching, and socializing with whomever came by to say hi!

Vera took a couple of minutes to warm up to the alpacas since this was her first time seeing them up close! Watching another child petting them certainly helped. πŸ™‚

 

Once she had a chance to get to know them a bit, she absolutely loved them!

 

I swear she was having lots of fun – right up until we asked her to smile for a photo!

 

Fenway was very cooperative and photogenic! πŸ™‚

Later on, the sheep really wanted to share a popcorn snack!

 

And across the isle, a super nice girl brought her goat right up close so Vera could pet it!

 

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In addition to enjoying the wonderful animals, I was also excited to snag a great book…

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…some gorgeous yarn…

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100% alpaca and SO soft! πŸ˜„

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…and a blending board!

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My plan for the blending board is to use it to blend my Angora Rabbit’s wool with Alpaca wool so that I’ll have enough to knit something special once it’s all spun up!

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Annelies was on a mission to find the perfect yarn to crochet a hat for Vera to match her new Winter coat! Here’s the yarn!

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And here’s the hat!

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By mid-afternoon, Someone was completely worn out from so much fun, and took a very good nap all the way home!

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A hand-knit shawl does make an excellent car-seat blanket, don’t you think?! πŸ˜‰

Do you go to fiber festivals? Do you have a favorite? Got plans to visit any this season? We’d love to hear all about it!

I’m excited to be heading to the Fall Fiber Festival @ Montpelier this coming weekend! Stay tuned for updates! 😊

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?