Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Minnesota! Shepherd's Harvest Festival

We're just back from Minnesota! And a fiber festival: the Shepherd's Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo (between St Paul and Wisconsin). I did say I plan my vacations around them. I was not kidding.

a sheep!

This was a good one, with four buildings of vendors and lots of food options. We saw llamas, sheep, goats (angora and cashmere), as well as bunnies. We were there early on Saturday, and by afternoon the place was packed!

There was lots of stuff, and my favorite was a most awesome basket maker - art baskets! Like woven tapestries, only out of basket... stuff. Only, she doesn't seem to have a website.

And I gave myself a $40 limit, and I stayed within it, kinda shocking, considering I spent $25 right off the bat, at Happy Hands Yarn's booth:

"black BFL" I guess it's a blend of black and white, overdyed? anyway, looks amazing.

silk roving
Also from Happy Hands - dyed silk roving

And this falkland roving from HoneyGold Acres:

falkland roving
Funny, has the same colors as the silk... I'm planning on splitting out some of the blue to spin up with the locks in the next picture

And these locks from Red Oak Farm:

wool locks
wool locks, I think BFL?

And this roving from someone who didn't write their name on their receipt:

mohair, alpaca, wool, I think? with glitter.

It's actually a yellow-orange and raspberry, rather than the sort of yucky brown it appears on my monitor. I've got some raspberry roving that it will probably look nice with in my stash.

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