(warning: this post contains several serious fiber geek moments)
Yes,it was my first fiber festival. No, that doesn’t explain the random use of jazz hands. I don’t know what that was. But..I was stoked. And the extravaganza was everything I hoped for. My goals were as follows:
1. Meet local farmers so I can buy my fiber from Washington.
2. Purchase at least one awesome fleece.
3. Stock up on goodies from local fiber artists.
I had such a great time! I’ve read a little bit about fiber shows, so I timed it to get there about 15 minutes after it opened. I don’t have enough experience with this to know what I want and grab it, and that sounds pretty stressful. Waiting was risky but more pleasant. By the time I got there about 2/3rds of the fleeces were gone, but I still managed to snag two blue ribbon fleeces!! One was a beautiful grey, brown romney/dorset and the other an amazing bag of locks from a Gotland lamb. Both were about 4.5 lbs. Really truly amazing to have the chance to look around and buy like that. I loved it.
I’ve washed about 1.5 lbs of the lamb locks… check this out:
And, truly dorky but awesome moment: Sarah Anderson, from my favorite spinning book The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs was there. I had the chance to tell her how much I appreciated her book and take a dorky fan picture. She’s really, really nice and I was so impressed with how she was talking with people who stopped by her table.
End of dorky moments.
Wow. From jazz hands that never should have happened to a fan pic. You just never know how a day is going to unfold, huh?