28 August 2012

Festival Sheep

Ok.....so I've noticed as I move from festival to festival, that festival vendors like to have sheep accessories in their booths.  Of course they do, us knitters also like to have sheep accessories.  However, these are not always accessories to purchase, they are often useful items or decoration.  So I bring you....the OTHER sheep of the festival.



23 August 2012

Two Gals on a Mission

Ok....so Jan and I have made our annual (looks like it's trending this way) pilgrimage to the Michigan Fibre Festival.  Jan mentioned that she thought it might be a fluke that she liked it so much, but then returned the comment Sunday, that it is a good festival and not a fluke.  I am in agreement. 
This is a smallish festival with all the bang of it's bigger siblings....great vendors, lots of sheep and border collies, oodles of classes, a great grilled cheese sandwich and plenty to see and do. 
This year we missed seeing Carol from Chicago, but we did get a wonderful visit with Tara (now from Ohio...Hicksville that is).  And....we purchases some gorgeous Jacob roving....I can't wait to spin.
We also took a drafting workshop from Beth Smith of The Spinning Loft in Howell, MI.  I enjoyed spinning with so many different types of fibre....Beth loves wool...and I even got a little better at my supported and unsupported long draw.  Also....now I'm jonesing to spin every moment.....oh, wait....I said that right?  Eeekkk!!!!

We also enjoyed a return trip to the Boatwerks restaurant...waterfront...lovely.  Good food, great view and might I add...we did have perfect weather on this journey.  
We were able to track down every Starbucks and even were lucky enough to get to Biggby Coffee for a wonderful latte treat.  The trip wound down with a day on the beach, then stroll through Grand Haven, MI.  Ahhhhhhh.......

Three happy gals.


21 August 2012

Spinning, Spun

Ok...so after a little bit of a knitting break, I've started spinning again. 
The first is a merino/silk/BFL blend.  This is a three ply of a Kermit green batt, a wine and black batt and a Daily Fibers BFL handpainted burgundy and olive.  The result is interesting to look at and so very soft.

The second turned out much better than I thought it would.  This is BFL Violet Rags & Bone from Three Waters Farm plied with a merino/soysilk Gray from River's Edge Fiber Arts
 I did bead it very monochromatic, and am so pleased with the result.