Saturday, October 4, 2008

Daily Dose of Fiber .....Times 10!

Rava-friends

Today Janice & I went to the Montpelier Fiber Festival. It was a glorious day - starting off crisp & chilly, and heating up nicely by mid-day....just warm even to force us fiber-freaks to start shedding our woolies - a sad fact, but kind of funny in a way. We are in Virginia after all, and the sun is still pretty intense at 38 degrees north in October!

We started our day by walking around and just looking at everything...yes just looking!

fiber 1


fiber2


fuzzies


- oh...and we did a little touching, too!

touching stuff

and even some smelling, especially when we were near the food tents! Mmmmmmm - we had lamb sausages & fries for lunch. My fries were sweet potatoes.....double mmmmmm!

lunch...mmmm

Then we doubled back to revisit our top picks. Here's one of mine - Diane a.k.a Creative of Creatively Dyed, both on Ravelry and on plurk. She gave me a Ravelry name button and sold me some very beautiful hand-dyed yarn. I'm thinking this will be a BSJ for someone.

Creative Kynda

I also tried out a couple of wheels. First I took a spin on an Ashford Traveller - I really like the looks of this wheel and it felt ok. Next I sat at a Schacht Ladybug for a second test spin. This wheel feels oh-so-right, but I just don't know if I'd like enjoy looking at it everyday...gosh, I hope I can decide soon!

playing with wheels

Many thanks to the nice folks from The Drafting Zone in Bowie, Maryland for their patience in letting me try their wheels! (They don't have a website!)

....and what's a fiber festival without a few critters? Here's a few from today's menagerie:

alpaca

handsome-buck bunny

Ann's sheepsters

and finally...fresh back from herding sheep -

doggie

All in all, it was a superb day -I think the only thing that would have made it better would have been meeting more Ravelry and plurk friends...maybe that will happen the next time!




4 comments:

Jadielady said...

Oooh looks like an awesome time! I thought about going but its probably better that I didn't. Gotta save my yarn money up for SAFF

Daniele said...

Wow! I was just drooling over all the great stuff!! It looks like you had a fabulous time. I just finished a BSJ and it was so much fun! I also made the bonnet and booties EZ has in her book too.

Just curious, which wheel did you like the best?

Creatively Dyed said...

You looked like you had so much fun and I'm glad that you introduced yourself.

Creative

ckknitter said...

Daniele, I liked how the Schacht felt. It's the second time I've spun on a Ladybug & this time reconfirmed how I felt - so it goes in my "plus" column for feel and pricing. I like the Traveller, too, for looks and price, but not so much for feel...will try it again before buying.