Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

I am exhausted from yesterday’s jaunt to MSW. It was a great day with lots of lovely yarns to see. I am well contented with the yarn that I purchased:

Yarns from MSW 2008

From the left: Bartlettyarn wool sport weight; Triple ‘R’ Farms merino sock yarn and Jamie Harmon‘s single ply merino and angora.

I don’t know what I am going to knit with any of these yet. The Bartlett yarn would make a great outer sweater – I might even make a Baby Surprise Jacket with it doubled up. The sock yarn does not tempt me into knitting socks, I have yet to be tempted in that direction, but a nice shawl or scarf would suit this colorway, which needs to shown off. Actually, I can see me matching it with other yarns and using it for a freestyle or modular vest or cardigan. Jamie Harmon had some wonderful double ply yarns which she made up with these single plyed yarns. I will probably knit a hat with these and then get more yarn from her in the fall when it is cooler and I can think wool sweaters.

I stopped and admired Brooks Farm Yarns:

Brook Farm

Which I realize doesn’t help the vendor very much, but I have lots of her fiber left from a previous MSW and still no idea of what to knit with it. Gorgeous yarns though. I encouraged everyone else to purchase from her.

I also purchased a print from Conni Togel. Visit her site, you won’t be disappointed.

The festival got too hot and too busy for me:

MSW crowds

But I enjoyed seeing all the lovely yarns and eating funnel cake and generally having a good day. Watching the sheepdog demos is always a highlight, even though they seemed to have some hornery sheep this year. While she said they were blue face Leicesters I wondered if they had any Shropshire sheep relations which are well known for being stubborn and stealing hikers’ lunches.

MSW Sheepdog demos

There were Angora goats and Alpaca on display

Angora Goat

Alpaca

Did you think Murphy would mind if, one year, I bought one home?

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3 thoughts on “Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

  1. I’m glad you like Conni’s artworks. We enjoyed the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and the pictures you show on your blog.

    Greetings from Anderson, SC,
    Peter Togel

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