Posted on April 26, 2005 at 9:37 am
I live in a spinner’s paradise: New England is certainly crammed with yarn stores, but we have what you might call a true Fiber March of Seasons. Now begins the season of Acquisition. Cottons may be arriving in the stores, but sheep shearing festivals are now a consistent option almost every weekend from the modest shearing day at my local shepherd’s a couple of chilly weeks ago, to the Denmark Sheepfest and Gore Place this April, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool (I’ll be there Saturday afternoon) and the Massachusetts Cumminton Fair in May, to the fabled Maine Fiber Frolic in June ( I already have my hotel and workshop reservations for that one). Then there are all kinds of Spinning Bees (like the one in Berwick, Maine in June) to go to. If you like that sort of thing and live in New England, you should consider joining the NETA list if only to see their calender. July and August are pretty quiet, but things rumble back to life in the fall, as you can imagine.
If you live within the drive for the Monadnock Wool Arts Tour in October and you haven’t tried it, you’re missing something essential about the sheep to sweater cycle, and the opportunity to pick up some great ideas and some exclusive fibers that wouldn’t be there by the time you made the rounds at any of the larger festivals. Which brings me to the Duchess County Sheep and Wool Growers’ New York Sheep and Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck, but you already know about that. Great blogger habitat, I understand. This year, I hope to be able to go. I’ve been training at the smaller events for two years now; I’m ready for overload.
If you don’t live in New England: don’t despair, there’s fiber to spare. Check out the fiber calender at Wool Festival dot com for your local fiber fix. You’re welcome to come to any of ours. Maybe you’ll see me at one of yours. I’m a sucker for these things. And no, I won’t be at Maryland. As you might be able to tell, I’m going to be busy anyway.