This is post three of a 4-part series on my weekend, mostly about the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. Please come back tomorrow for details on what I consider the find of the festival, Gretchen’s little pink, boiled wool coat. It really is worthy of a post of its own, whether you adore wee doggies and their clothes or just admire FINE handcrafted goods.
Before we launch into that, let me mention that Nichole has another great give-away on her blog. It sounds like a great book, so if you haven’t entered already, tell her I sent you, okay?
Now, for the rest of the story.
Before we look at the loot, let’s talk about the people. Kathy has FAR better photos (read: we repositioned so the wind was blowing into our faces rather than across ’em), so if you want to see her and her friends and family, pop over to her post about Saturday. It was great to see her, her dear hubby, meet her parents, etc. I love when formerly bloggy friends become “real” and I think given that I “farm” (Farmville on Facebook) with Kathy’s mom and chat now and again with Shelly, that makes us as real as it gets!
Beth, me, Anita, Aimee, Magan, Beth's DD
That’s the Blue Mountain crew, minus the young man who was such a good sport about the whole day. All of the adults are members of the Blue Mountain group on Ravelry. Blue Mountain Handcrafts is Beth’s enterprise. You can find her on Etsy or on her website. I’m still admiring her husband’s fiber tools. They’re pretty enough to make me think I’d like to blend some of my own fiber… maybe…
Beth, Anita, Aimee and Magan are all members of the FIX co-op I mentioned yesterday. Here’s a link to Magan‘s shop, which has some pretty roving and cute earrings!
I don’t have a photo of dear Dianne of Creatively Dyed, but I’ll get one this weekend when we do dinner. She has the best smile in the world, a reflection of her incredible heart! Doesn’t hurt any that she also has a rather unique approach to dyeing that I can’t resist either.
That’s the merino/silk/cashmere roving I couldn’t leave behind. I mean, I know I’ll see her again in just a couple of days, but Gretchen wouldn’t have forgiven me if I’d left this up for grabs. (And yes, for those of you who don’t really know Gretchen, the wee one does have a passion for cashmere and fine merino!) And talk about names, since you know I love my yarns and rovings to have real names, not numbers… Goat!! That’s also one of Sissy’s nicknames, so this was truly destined to come home with me.
This is a milk fiber and something blend. Sorry… it intrigued me enough to have to come home, but I failed to photograph the tag, so… I don’t recall the name either, but Dianne wisely names all of her goodies, so rest assured, it has one. (Cow, maybe? Bovine?)
I also snagged two of her yarns, but they’re gifts and I want them to be surprises, so… tough luck to the rest of you.
That’s a button I snagged in the Foothills Spinners & Weavers Guild booth. I don’t know that it’s practical, but I’ll use it eventually because it’s too cute not to be called to action!
This bow came from their booth too, for Sis. She didn’t mind having it clipped on her collar at all.
I couldn’t get the photo I wanted of Sis and the bow, but she’s just so photogenic… sight hunting with her new accessory.
Now you’ve seen it all, save the details on Gretchie’s coat. Friday, I have a finished object report for you too. Be sitting down when you read this – and Friday’s post – because I finished a pair of socks!