//wi. sheep and wool festival

wi. sheep and wool festival

Sheep and Wool Festival, originally uploaded by kindred threads

Well let me tell you it’s a big scary fiber world out there. I’m glad to be home from the fair; to my family and relatively sane fiber friends. I made the mistake of standing between 2 women in a bidding war at the silent auction. Both were waiting till the last minute to get the last bid in and were having a pretty heated discussion. I hightailed it out of there before it got any uglier.
Saturday was just a crazed fiber feeding frenzy, you could just feel the energy and excitement all around you. The vendor across the way (Creatively Dyed) had the most infectious laughter and gave me some great insight into being a vendor at this festival and some of the bigger ones like Stitches. I think I will stay small potatoes and avoid these larger shows; especially after seeing a vendor back a semi-sized RV in to unload at this one. I like having items I have made with my own hands and not just something that I have pulled off a shelf. While setting up and seeing how professional and extremely well stocked, others displays were, I was thinking I might be better off at a much smaller festival. By the end of the weekend though, I did well enough and had a good enough time to sign up for next year. Hopefully I prepare for it more than a couple of weeks in advance.

I had the pleasure of teaching a couple of beginners how to spin on the new Ladybug spinning wheel. When I turned my back briefly on this newby she stated that she couldn’t get the fiber to go onto the bobbin. Turns out the fibers had gotten caught in her shawl and she was spinning herself into her yarn. Snort. We got a good laugh out of that. She wanted to remain nameless. Lets just say she was one of the very helpful and talented vendors next to us. Homestead Heirloom, LLC, next to us were just great and had an incredible both with leather handles perfect for felted bags or baskets. Phyllis and I hope to order from them in the future.

I also had a chance to walk around a bit and introduce myself to fellow etsian: kitty grrlz. It was great to put a face to the name that I read so often in the etsy Fast yahoo group. I hope that she did well. I liked that she specialized in her handspun. I think it would be better if I focused on one thing instead of having so much variety.

I want to thank my fellow studio members, Phyllis and Jan for helping me out and giving me some much needed breaks. And Nan I predict that you will be joining me as a vendor yourself in the near future. You guys made being there so much more fun.

By |2016-10-25T16:52:35+00:00September 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments


  1. Kitty Grrlz Knits & Spins! September 10, 2008 at 2:56 am - Reply

    it was great to meet you!

    so glad to hear you did well! i did okay, but didn’t feel the urge to sign up for next year right away. not sure why.

    the ladybug is so cute!

    and how fun you were across from creatively dyed! her wonderful seawool is the only thing i succumbed to at the show since i felt i had to be “good” . . . which, surrounded by all that fiber? was pretty difficult! 🙂

  2. knitsteel September 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to the festival next year, just to see all of that texture and color

  3. Angela Feltes September 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I had to restrain myself from buying a carload of the seacell blends across the way from me. I just spun up a little of it, yummy. I did however buy enough fleece to build my own sheep. Smelled like it on the way home.

  4. Lynn Majidimehr September 16, 2008 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Every time you post one of these shows, I wish I would have been able to go, but way too far away for me. (Although, I know if I went, I would spend way too much.) Before I forget, I wanted to let you know I’ve awarded you the “I heart your blog award”. Details are on my blog.

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Photos from Flickr