Finally, here are my purchases from our day last Friday at the Michigan Fiber Festival. But I must interject that the name is confusing to those non knitters and spinners. My friends had more than one person ask them if it was about eating fiber, and why would there be a festival for that?!!
Taking the Spinning the colors of Shetland class, while it was not too interesting, inspired me to spin up the many colors and knit the hat by Kate Davies, Sheep Heid.
With that in mind, I bought these 3 colors of Shetland wool, after I got home and read the pattern, I realize that it wants 9 of the colors, so I will have to do some more shopping at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool. I have these 3 so far, and might use one of my other breeds of white as one of the colors. This will be my first attempt at spinning for a specific project. Fair isle apparently looks better with a 3-ply vs. a 2-ply (has to do with a round yarn versus the flatter 2-ply), but I will have to see how finely I can spin this up.
Not just natural colors were on my mind. Mimi and I both were attracted to having this Jamieson’s color chart, so we are now both proud owners of this wonderful inspiration. One day, when I have knit up some more of my stash, I will make a trip and purchase a multitude of colors for an Alice Starmore sweater.
The last item that I have to show you was the one thing that I wanted to take away from this festival, The Shepard’s Rug book.
In trolling the market, I was on the lookout for this book, but not successful. Then, we went out to the barn to see some of the animals, and in the sheep area, there was Letty Klein with her rugs, and braiding away!!! I was thrilled, and she sold me the book, the coated linen thread, and then gave me a mini lesson on how to braid for these rugs. I have been pouring over the book since.
All-in-all, a great time, and I have no guilt about stash enhancement.