What’s in a name?

Nothing ever goes as planned around here, so we – me, the spreadsheet and random number generator –  had to draw another name for the earrings (which I hear are awesome), because the original winner doesn’t wear “fish hook” style earrings. 

So the new winner for those is Gaylen!   If by chance anyone else has won a prize they won’t use, please let me know.  I assure you it won’t hurt my feelings to find these wonderful prizes the right home.

Now, let’s talk about Saturday, which will make the title to this post clear…


Me, Kathy - photo by the Knight

Note my weather-beaten hair, and that the Knight and Kathy‘s husband were both taking photos at the same time, so we didn’t know where to look and we were all laughing like crazy.

We journeyed to the Shenandoah Fiber Festival to meet Kathy and her husband.  It was the Knight’s first fiber festival, and after the food treats I’d brought home from Montpelier, we were both a little disappointed in the food offerings, but otherwise, it was a great festival.  The vendors are mostly in three “real” buildings, with walls, concrete floors and everything, so even though it poured a time or two, it wasn’t miserable. 


This beauty made me want bunnies again!!

To compare and contrast the two fall festivals, I’d say that Montpelier offers more “festival foods” and more yarn, while Shenandoah offers more animals and fiber, plus those buildings to keep the weather off of the shoppers, the sellers and those beautiful products.

While I didn’t buy much, it was exceptionally educational to walk through with Kathy and her friend Shelly, both of whom know a LOT more about spinning and fiber than I do.  I learned that BFL is my friend (long, strong, soft locks make for easy spinning for a novice), and that I don’t have much of an eye for color.  Specifically, I have to take a bit of fiber in my hands and pre-draft it a bit to get an idea of how the yarn might look, while Kathy can just glance at a massive bag/bucket/whatever of fiber and KNOW which color will dominate the finished handspun product.


Even with my inability to interpret what the fiber I buy will look like as yarn, I knew this Grudy Neopolitan needed to come home with me.  (Yes, the truly observant might have noticed that I bought the 1.5 pounds left!  It’s my first “massive” fiber purchase.)  Personally, I’m already calling it the Gretchen colorway, for very obvious reasons.  I think it will be a shawl or vest for me one of these days. 

In a nice touch of irony, Shelly had purchased some of the very same fiber earlier in the day.  (Kathy might have too, but I can’t recall…)  Shelly was calling the colorway “Bacon” which if not for the PANK mixed with the colors of Gretchen’s own hair, I might be inclined to agree that name is spot-on!  It’s also a mohair blend.


Because I showed such great restraint she’s just cool like that, Kathy brought me some of her Gypsyknits BFL roving.   She had no way of knowing that Anita had gifted me several sample-sized roving/fleece/fiber bits from different sources, and that just Friday night, I’d grabbed the Gypsyknits BFL and fallen in love…  (Note to my other novice spinner-friends out there… Falkland wool is a dream to spin too.)


We saw some beautiful leaves/trees on Saturday, but these are from Haddon Wood.   It really was a most wonderful day!


22 comments on “What’s in a name?

  1. gaylen says:

    First and foremost – quit apologizing for how you look! You look great and like you were having a good time in less than ideal weather. Now not another word about it.

    Next – Woo Hoo! Can I sub something for the winner who declined her prize so I could win?

    Love the fiber – will not spin, will not spin, will not spin – but I am considering teach Jay how to! g

  2. Sue says:

    Is that what sunshine looks like? We’re on our fifth day of rain. I have some very unhappy, rather damp dogs tat want to play outside.

    I think you need a bunny. That one sure is cute.

  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely trees – I wish it would nicen up here for a couple of days in a row so I could take some photos too!

    I am glad you enjoyed the Shenandoah FF – I went several years ago and had a lovely time, both driving up and attending. Maybe next year I can attend again.

  4. Darcy says:

    Looks like it was lots of fun and I love the colors of the fiber and all the photo’s cute bunny Congratulations Gaylen very cool.Hugs Darcy

  5. p3knitter says:

    One year I will make it to this festival. It’s less than 15 mins from me … and I always have to work!

    I did send the hubby … BFL is WAY better than flowers.

  6. Barbara S. says:

    Yeah, what G said. You and your hair look great and you were enjoying yourself. It is nice to see a picture of your woods, is that from your deck/yard?

  7. AlisonH says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Oh, and the trees and the wool, too.

    One note: spun fibers are always a little darker in appearance than roving. Knitted is always a little darker in appearance than spun yarn. It’s just the way the light reflects. And when you want a good idea of how a multicolor roving or yarn will look like eventually, walk about 20′ away from it.

  8. anniebananie says:

    So, do you want me to send Gaylen the earrings? I’m sooo confused!

    It sounds like it was a very nice time. I’ll have to work things better next year so I can join you. And you may have to teach me how to spin after all….

  9. Nichole says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that first roving you got there… gorgeous! Of course the GypsyKnits roving is beauteous too!
    Glad you all had such a great day!

  10. Marjie says:

    Your back yard is so pretty! October is the prettiest month.

  11. Robin in VA says:

    Beautiful fiber! Hubby and I have learned for the most part to be prepared with a picnic just in case the food is “lacking”! Otherwise I love the sweet potato fries at FFF!

    …geez, that’s a big bunny!

  12. grace says:

    sounds like so much fun Love the photo of you both!

  13. Tobi says:

    That bunny is adorable, I’ve been wanting one for years because my youngest niece is obsessed with them. Looks like FALL is officially here.

  14. Beautiful wool, but even more beautiful fall colors in your woods! Looks like you’ll have trouble finding time to knit for a while….

  15. Anita says:

    Awwww, look at the bunny!!!! I still want one! Whaaaaaaa…

    FINALLY! A photo of Kathy where I can see her face! Silly woman!! You both look so dang happy, sure wish I could have been there!

    Both of your new fibers are gorgeous!!! I’m glad you said that about Falkland, I saw some on etsy & wondered about it….

  16. Dawn says:

    What gorgeous fiber…love the pank one!:)

    That bunny looks so soft and snuggly!

    You look fabulous in that pic girlie!

  17. StarSpry says:

    Sounds like so much fun! I can’t look at fiber and know what the yarn will look like. I’m always surprised how beautiful the yarn looks in the end 🙂 I love the picture of Haddon Wood!

  18. Bubblesknits says:

    Maybe I’ll get back to spinning again soon. Speaking of fiber festivals, I got my Stitches South catalog last week. The hubby looked at it and said, “I assume we’re going.” lol Smart man.

  19. Miss Me says:

    the fall colours in the woods are lovely. it is a shame that we’ve already had some snow…

    the fibre is gorgeous, but more lovely still is BUNNEH!!! so cute.

  20. Kathy says:

    Congrats to G!!!! Finally! LOL

    We had loads of fun and for the record I did not purchase any of the Neo, Gretchen or is it Bacon fiber? lol

    Anita has no idea how close we thought about sending her a bunny:) And about that picture………

  21. I love the photo of you and Kathy. PRICELESS!

  22. […] stitch, although I did carry my hooded scarf around with me, just in case.  I did ply and soak my Gypsyknits BFL, and I started spinning my Gnomespun.   (That Polwarth is a DREAM, I tell […]

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