I Found My CAMERA!!! I got to SAFF before 9:00 AM and began backtracking. First, I went to lost and found - no luck. Then, I remembered taking the camera bag out of my huge tote bag to make room for the silk caps I bought so I went to that booth. No luck again. Next, I stopped in at the soap booth. EUREKA! I aked if by chance he had found a camera. He said that he had - found it under his table so somehow it must have fallen without me knowing it and gotten pushed under his tableskirt. I gave him a big ol' hug and thanked him profusely! Then, I put a business card in the camera case before I even left his booth -- just in case......
I took lots of pictures. Some are posted here - don't forget you can click on them to see them a little larger. I have uploaded the rest into an album which you can find on the sidebar -- right-hand side of the blog. You can click on those, too, to make them larger for better viewing. I took lots of animal pictures so please check them out.
Today was a gorgeous day - a bit windy but sunny and not too cold (if you stayed out of the wind). There were lots of people at the festival but still not crowded. The planners did a good job leaving enough aisle space, etc. where foot traffic could keep moving. The picture above gives one view of the lower level of vendors. There were also vendors around the top tier and even in places on the stairs. I met Jane from the Yahoo group - Spindlers, and Jane, also a Typepad blogger. Always nice to put a face with a name!!!
Lendrum Anyone?? Check out all the Lendrum spinning wheels in the seating area. They were set up all day yesterday and all day today. There were spinning classes pretty much ongoing on these wheels. I've been polling people for the past 2 days re: double treadle spinning wheels. Most of the people replied that they absolutely LOVE their Lendrum. If you're not familiar with the Lendrum wheel - it leans at an angle towards you. This is supposed to be ergonomic but it's put me off a bit from considering this wheel --- that is, until this weekend. I think it's a pretty powerful statement when they picked the Lendrum to use in this class. Must be a reason for their decision. I took one for a test drive and was able to treadle without difficulty with only my left foot.
The class I took yesterday was Knitting With Silk Caps and was taught by Sheila Church. In the picture above and on the left, you can see one of the little treasure pouches she gave us the pattern for and then examples of 2 scarves Sheila is knitting from silk caps. The picture above and on the right is an example of the other treasure bag pattern we were given in our kit. This one is a little larger than the purple/pink one on the left. The patterns are worked flat and then the sides are sewn together to make the pouch shape. The colors were wonderful on these caps!! I later visited Sheila's booth and saw LOTS of silk caps, bags of silk noil, mountains of dyed mohair and wool locks. Sheila said that she handpaints each cap or hankie individually and then microwaves each one to set the dye.
Here is a picture of my cap and the 6 rows of knitting I did. I cast on too tightly but am not going to take it out. Sheila warned us that silk roving does not like to be frogged. Sounds OK to me!! It's so interesting to see how the color of the cap knits up. I was very surprised that the color of my rich cap is so soft and subdued when knit up.
After making sure I made the vendor rounds several times and I wouldn't be leaving without something I REALLY needed/wanted, I headed for the barns. In Barn A, I found the llamas. Magnificent animals!! I also watched a bit of the llamas being shown. I tried to get a picture of the one that won Best in Show but wasn't able to. I did get a picture of one that almost looked like him, though. These animals were something to watch as they were led around the ring. So proud and stately looking. Several of them - their heads were even or a tad bit higher than the person leading them and they seemed to be watching and listening to their leader as they moved around the ring. Outside, as I was driving from the llama barn to the alpaca barn, I spotted 2 llama in the parking lot all decked out with the saddlebags for carrying hiking gear. These animals are so gorgeous, I tend to forget that they're used for pack animals, too.
After the Barn A, I checked out the alpaca barn. These animals were beautiful and those EYES!!! Huge melted chocolate eyes with those long eyelashes!! Wonderful! They posed for my picture taking even as they hummed a bit. I think they were nervous. Their hum sounded like a little cry.
Then, it was down to the sheep barn to check out the wool on the hoof. There were Tunis, Wensleydale, Shetland, Romney, Jacob, Border Leceister, Lincoln, etc. etc. There were 2 Shetland sheep that I would have brought home if I could. They poked their noses through the fence and wanted me to run their heads. As I rubbed the head of the little black one (picture on the left), he just closed his eyes as if I was putting him right to sleep. So sweet!!!
Also, in the sheep barn I found a Cashmere Goat and the Angora Goats. Teh Angora Goats always tickle me. They're so curious! They just watch you like they're not going to miss a single move you make. Just calmly stand there - usually chewing - watching you.
There were several booths with Angora Rabbits. The owners held demonstrations showing how to comb and pluck the fur from the rabbit. I have seen in the past, a spinner, with a rabbit positioned on her lap, spinning directly from the bunny. I have raised Angoras and know that they are so sweet. Their fiber is so very soft and warmer than wool. Also, the natural colors of the fiber is so pretty - chocolate, black, apricot, white, etc. It is beautiful when blended with wool. In one booth, I fondled alpaca and angora roving. Man oh man! it felt wonderful - just like a cloud.
Well, I think that about covers the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival for 2006. The show is open tomorrow, but I don't think I need to go back. I've done all the damage I need to do for this year!! Did I mention that I purchased more fiber than you can shake a stick at????? Good thing this stuff is so light a mushes down so well when you stuff it in your car. I'll try to take some pictures of my loot when I get home and unpack. Will have to show restraint in what I photograph -- my mother will read this and then lecture me that I shouldn't have spent the money, etc. HEY, this was my vacation!
After leaving the show today, I headed for Hendersonville, NC to check out a knitting store that a classmate told me about yesterday. The store is Yarns to Dye For and is housed in a little house on the outskirts of Hendersonville as you're headed toward Flat Rock. The shop was full of yarn, books, knitting notions, and one mega-friendly cat named Sadie. The house had a large wonderful room upstairs with windows looking out the back where knitters could gather to sit and knit. The room also served as a workroom for Donna's silk dyeing. She had beautiful things on display for sale that she and family members had made. Very nice and really pretty.
I found a copy of The Life Cycle of a Knitted Project lying on the table upstairs and asked Donna's permission to share it with you all via the blog. I have tweaked it a little to make it first person. Here goes:
The Life Cycle of a Knitted Project
Projects start out as a WHIMM (Work Hidden In My Mind).
When I make the purchase of pattern and fiber, I have a PIG (Project in a Grocery Sack). For awhile, it may also be a brazen HSY (Haven't Started Yet).
Once I start, it is a WIP (Work in Progress). A WIP is worked on until completion.
Once I lose interest and set it aside, it's a UFO (Unfinished Object).
Then, I'm encouraged by my friends to FIUP (Finish It Up) after which I can loudly shout TGIF (Thank God It's Finished)!!!!!!! And, I can post the picture in the photos section or in the monthly contest for finished projects. I'll also get much praise for those projects that I've FINALLY finished.
The collection of wool I'll use to complete my project is my STASH (Special Treasure All Secretly Hidden).
Occasionally, I'll need random SEX (Stash Enhancing Xperiences OR Stash Enhancement Xpedition --- Shopping!) after finishing a WART (Wool Acquisition Road Trip). (I might add here, that some like/need more SEX than others.)
And the final most important thing is to leave a SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) to my wool-loving heirs.