Hey, cool...you're still here. I kinda thought you might have given up by now. We kind of have a lot to catch up on, I know, so why don't y'all just pull up a chair and we'll head back a ways. It might take us a while to get all up to date, but get there we will.
First, let's head back to the midlands of Ohio and the midlands of September. Back when I was visiting these guys. In addition to visiting 'the grandkids', I also visited some sheep. What? You thought I'd just take off cross-country and not have any wool at the end of that journey? Not anymore, baby. It's all about the fiber now, whether it's on the hoof or off.
In this particular case, it's on the hoof:
This festival, the Midwest Festival of Fiber's 'A Wool Gathering', seemed small when we first arrived, but each of its 3 giant tents was chock full of fantastic vendors. It was especially fun to get to see the Wooly Knob guys live and in living color.
Other than a new spindle for both myself and my host (it's just not a festival unless there's a new spindle is it?), there was remarkably little stash acquisition. Seriously. Oh, don't get me wrong, I bought a few things, but it was mosty gift purchases, so there won't be much reveal here this time.
Instead, I'll show you this:
This little thing is almost as cute as those sheep up there isn't it? It's called the Ettrick Windwheel, and you can learn more about it here: http://www.ettrickwheels.bigpondhosting.com/. It was really quite adorable and clever, but because it was just someone there with their own personal wheel, I wasn't comfortable asking to spin on it. It seemed sort of....personally invasive, if you know what I mean. This was completely new to me. Has anyone ever seen one of these before? Spun on one? Like it? Hate it?
All in all, we loved our day at Young's Dairy and Midwest Fiber Festival, and would definitely reccommend it if you happen to be in the Dayton, OH area on the 2nd weekend in September next year. My only regret is that I don't seem to know any knit-bloggers in the area, and thus missed any sort of meet up that might have been taking place (if there was one....surely there are Ohio knitbloggers, yes? And surely y'all would have congregated at a local fiber festival, right?). That would have been fun as heck.
Maybe next year.