This past weekend, we went to the Trailing of the Sheep festival in Sun Valley (ID), both to take classes and see the sheep. (Unfortunately, we left on Saturday, before they paraded the thousands of sheep down Main Street.) I got to take the Natural Dyeing class that they had (which took up Friday afternoon and a good part of Saturday), and my mother took the drop spindle class.
As a disclaimer, I’m going to put some photos here that aren’t the best; I didn’t want to fiddle around with settings and stuff while trying to listen to the instructor. The yarn that we dyed was from her Navajo-Churro sheep, and I think that it’s worsted weight, or somewhere in that area.
After the dyeing class, Mary Anne (a fellow knitter and knitting podcast nerd) and I walked over the the fair. This was my first fiber fair, so it was slightly disconcerting. But really, really fun.
At the initial go-around, and after collecting my parents who had been looking at quilts, they introduced me to a woman that they met, who runs an amazing magazine that is probably my new favorite thing on earth.
Linda lives in Maine, and she raised goats (from which she got cashmere). She is so knowledgeable and dynamic.
At the fair, I got some lovely DK/worsted from an indie hand-dye company here in ID, Blue Savannah.
I had loads of fun, and hopefully I’ll be there next year.