Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

This was my booth at the festival. The first day, it kept sprinkling off and on so I had to have the tent sides and everything shoved in the back where it wouldn't get wet.  On Sunday, though, the weather was beautiful, and I was able to have a more inviting setup.  I wish I had taken more pictures of the other vendors and the sheep and alpacas, but I didn't.  I mostly stayed at my booth.  The kids had a great time running the grounds, bottle feeding the lambs, and buying honey sticks.  I had so much help! I could not have done this festival without all the family there to help me.  It was also fun and relaxing for me.  I enjoyed it very much and look forward to next year's festival. 
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Miah's table.  She did really great, sold some of her bracelets, a skein of the yarn she dyed, and lots of the wooden buttons she and Jeremiah made together.
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I sold eight of my yarns plus someone put in an order for another.  Considering that my etsy sales for the last 4 months was 11, I'd call that a success.  I enjoyed getting to talk to other fiber people, admiring their handiwork, and getting advice and encouragement.  At the tail end of the festival, I finally went shopping, which was perfect, because people were ready to rid of stuff.  I got some great deals, and brought home all this:
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Yay!  I told myself I would not buy dyed fiber, because I want to learn to dye and it's cheaper that way.  But some of this stuff was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up!
2 pounds of undyed merino top from Ohio Valley
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1 pound of border leicester locks
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Gorgeous dyed suri locks from River Hill Ranch
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All the rest is from Moonwood Farm.  Angelina and silk noil, a present from my sister.
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A beautiful, blue bamboo braid, a gift from Miah.
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More dyed suri locks.
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Fluff and sparkle from the bargain bin.
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Dyed cotswold fleece.
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 I can't wait to start spinning!

Linking up at Crafting On.

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the great sale! Good for you and Miah! :-) Just out of curiosity how in the world did you travel all the way up there with those cool looking trees to hang your yarn on? I'm enjoying imagining you and the kids all playing twister trying to get in and our of the van together around them. ;-)

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  2. What an excellent time you must have had! Well, except for the horrible scare with your nephew, of course.

    I've been lamenting living so far south all weekend - there have been so many blog posts about fiber festivals. One of these days, when the kids are older, I'm totally dragging them all on a trip to a fiber fest. (:

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  3. Wow, sounds like a great day...and you brought home some lovely treasures. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Congratulations! I know how much work it can be to get everything together for a show and such a great setting for the whole family.

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  5. OOh, that wool looks so soft and cosy!

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