Last weekend was my trip to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. I had a great time seeing all of the sheep, and taking my class on dying sock yarn. But, not to be overlooked, is the amazing vendor halls at the fair. Hard to go home without something, although I have become more selective. It helps that I have a stash at home that needs attending to, and have acquired many of the necessary tools for spinning and knitting. The booths are like a candy store for me. So, here goes.
My first stop, as always is Jennie the Potter. She does amazing pots, buttons, mugs and yarn bowls. I already have 2 mugs which I use for coffee every day, and a beautiful yarn bowl. Limiting myself to one purchase from her each year. This year, I chose a cute little cow with a scarf bowl to use for notions.
Here it is next to Louie for scale (Louie is big though).
And, she had a new, hot off the presses book that I knew would come in handy (books don’t really count anyways). I will post a review of this later after I have had an opportunity to delve into it more.
Stopping at River’s Edge Fiber Arts booth is always a must. The owner Carol, went to high school with my sister Marilyn (who passed when she was 21); other than family I have never known anyone who knew Marilyn, and Carol always remembers me. This gives me great pleasure as it keeps my sister alive in some manner. This year she had these amazing gradient packets. I was hooked, Seacell and Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 4 ounces.
And lastly, I stopped at the booth that had me petting their bags of wool when I first walked in. I love Shetland wool, and this was so beautiful with 3 colors mixed together in the roving. When I checked out, and realized that it was Psalm23 Farm, I remembered that I had purchased from her 2 years ago at The Fiber Event at Greencastle, that time a dark blend. I still have it, and can’t wait to incorporate the 2 into a beautiful sweater. 8 ounces here.
She also had gorgeous black Shetland, so a 2 ounce ball was in order.
Not too bad, I think my restraint was good.