Saturday, September 19, 2015

Size doesn't matter

Fiber in the Park, the tiny fiber festival in Earlville, IL, is a true test of the adage "Size doesn't matter." I've found wonderful things at this fair, and so did everyone else I know who was there. It is one of those fun and intimate gatherings where you can find your friends and find great things at the same time. There was a lot of gorgeous rovings and fabulous yarns! They even had some finished projects, a bead maker and other excellent things.  And the food vendor is really good too, though we drove into Earlville to eat in this little Italian place called Francesca's.
Lamb's wool fleece from one of Kathy McClure's sheep.

I was early, which is good because I was able to catch a really great fleece. This is one of Kathy McClure's--she washes her sheep before she sheers them so the fleeces are amazingly clean and just about ready to use. This is a wonderful, crimpy and soft BFL cross with Wensleydale. I want to start carding it NOW! I am very happy with it. She sells through Green Valley Fiber Cooperative, which now helps sponsor the show.

Kathy's Crocodile Tears colorway
I am a big fan of Kathy McClure's dyeing. I found 24 ounces of this Crocodile Tears colorway! Yes! Enough for a sweater or a big weaving project. I'm thinking sport weight as really warm sweaters are too heavy for regular wear. I want to get started on this right away. I want to get started on EVERYTHING right away. It is a good thing I have more than one wheel!

I love all this colorway!

Frabjous Fibers was there I had to nab this Chromatophobia Pink. This should be a blast to spin. Not sure what it will be. A hat? A sweater yoke? is is Polwarth which might be something I haven't spun yet. Not sure, exactly--I've been spinning for a long time, and I'm not sure if I've spun Polworth or not. She also had this tiny PVC spinning wheel which was a blast to try out.

Jacob from Round Barn Fiber Mill
 I also found this intriguingly milled Jacob--yes there are three colors of fiber in this one bumb-- at the Round Barn Fiber Mill booth.  I want to try out their milling because I am thinking of bringing some fleeces to be carded. Yes, I do love doing my own processing, but I know my life will be easier if I let someone else do the work on at least some of my massive fiber hoard!

I'd better get going--I have lots of spinning and weaving to do.