Sunday, September 19

A Wool Gathering

Hubby and I drove to southern Ohio for A Wool Gathering fiber festival in Yellow Springs (near Dayton). It was a surprisingly sunny and hot day with temps nearing 90 degrees as we arrived at the festival about 2:30 pm. It was packed! We were lucky to find a parking place by the Inn. Those who parked out farther could ride a free trolley from the outlying parking lots.

Most of the vendors were set up inside 3 huge tents on the ground. Interspersed around them were many smaller tents. It was hot outside and uncomfortably hot inside the tents. Though still had a great time shopping vendors I've never seen at other fiber festivals I've been to in the past. I came home with lots of goodies and business cards in case I want to get anything else. :)

Young's Jersey Dairy Farm is the location of the festival. Their cheese and ice cream shop was so busy that the line went out the door. Thankfully, you could buy a cup of ice cream from a booth outside. Hubby and I sampled the vanilla and it was very good but melting fast. It helped us cool off a bit.

We saw a sword fight between two members of a group that dress up in medieval costumes. Sorry, I can't remember their name. I loved their outfits thought they were definitely too heavy to wear on such a hot day.

There were activities for the kids. Two tents were set up where kids could turn a crank to make their own jump rope. Someone was driving a vehicle that looked like a plane at the front and end with little trailers linked behind it. The kids were having a good time! A batting cage nearby was busy with people hitting baseballs.

I was severely tempted to buy a small Shetland fleece at one booth. There were several mills at the festival where I could have dropped it off for processing. Wooly Knob and Ohio Valley Fibers were both there. I resisted the temptation to buy that much wool. They had a tent set up where you could watch them shearing sheep.

Here's a picture of my booty from the festival. A t-shirt for hubby, some Cashmere laceweight, a skein of superwash merino laceweight, 3 skeins of fingering weight, plus spinning fiber in natural and bits and pieces of colored. I bought Falkland, Cormo, BFL, merino, and Corriedale.

Here are links to the vendors:
(BTW, just checked some of these and they don't work. I don't understand vendors who give you a card with a website and it doesn't work.)

Cashmere laceweight - Stitch Sisterz
Hand dyed superwash merino laceweight - Carriage House Woolens
Grab bags of fiber - Happy Hands Yarn
Undyed Falkland - Bullens Wullens
Undyed Cormo - Wooly Knob Fiber Mill

It was a very long day. We left home about 9 am and didn't get back until 10:30 pm. Too many hours spent in a car in one day! I did get some knitting done on a baby blanket I've been working on.

Tuesday, September 7

Bagatelle - a tiny felted bag

Bagatelle is a little tote bag that I knit with leftover feltable wool. Felted it stands 7.5" tall (not including handles) and 16" around.

I used about 130 yards of Patons Classic Wool in the Regency colorway with a pair of size 10 (6 mm) 16" circular knitting needles. (Any worsted weight feltable yarn will work.) The bag is knit from the bottom up starting with a garter stitch rectangle for the bottom. The sides are picked up around the rectangle and then it's knit in the round. The handles are formed by binding off and casting on stitches along the top edge. The stockinette handles roll to form tubular handles when felted. No seams to sew! It's very simple to upsize.

This is a free pattern. If you're a member of Ravelry, you can click HERE to download a copy of the pattern. Have fun!

P.S. This pattern was part of the Holiday Mystery Gifts Along (knit & crochet) for the 2009 season. I'm donating some new patterns to this year's group. If you want to find out, you'll have to click HMG to join the fun. LOL! The 2010 season starts on Saturday, September 18th!