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The best of the fest…

Dear Jan,

Home from Shepherd’s Harvest, and I made it without buying two fleeces like last year.  I held myself to a mere one and a half.  heh!

34.jpg35.jpg36.jpg37.jpgThe point of a fiber festival is the fiber.  I made a study of the fleeces for judging and captured shots of quite a few – you can see them here if you want to look at the wide variety with breeds labeled.

331.jpgThe bunnies were also well represented.  A photo spread of the surprising number of Angora-type rabbits is here.  I’m not sure who these two are, other than cute.

46.jpgBut the best reason to go to fiber fests is to see friends, and I saw many.  One standout is Catherine Friend (yes, that’s right), author of the newly released Sheepish: Two women, fifty sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet.  Her previously published Hit by a Farm and The Compassionate Carnivore have been well received, and HBAF is downright funny, so I am looking forward to digging into this one.

50.jpgAnother standout – Gwen and her incredibly beautiful Fair Isle tam.  The colors are both calming and exciting to me, and the workmanship just lovely.

41.jpgBut my BFF (Best Fiber Friend) for the weekend was Kimberly, who agreed to go halvesies on this gorgeous gun-metal gray Romney fleece.  At first we were bidding against each other, but an armistice was reached and now we have a solid alliance.

I hope any of your negotiations this coming week go equally well.

Love,

Ellen

Briar Rose is my copilot…

…and kettle corn is the backup.

Dear Jan,

14.jpg The drive back and forth to Shepherd’s Harvest is a bit tedious, but I was comforted on the way home today as I glanced over and saw the Polwarth roving I bought from Briar Rose peeking out at me.  That there was a bag of kettle corn rapidly being emptied didn’t hurt either.

More on my harvest at SH in the next post.

Love,

Ellen

Squrat?

13.jpgI dunno.  You tell me.  Is it a cat? a rat? a squirrel?

Whatever  it is, I was not inspired enough to make it convincingly so.  But I did fill it with plenty of catnip, so I’m pretty sure the kiddens won’t care.

Love,

Ellen

Yarnover…and over…and over…

Dear Jan,

No time for deathless prose – two very full weekends in a row have left me so far behind at work that I really need to get back to it this evening.  I don’t want the Yarnover coverage to get too stale, so here is the flash run-down.

7.jpg12.jpgI had  classes with Annie Modesitt, Susanna Hansson,  Fiona Ellis, Julie Weisenberg, and Nicky Epstein. (Susanna with me, Fiona by herself,  pictured here.)

6.jpgBest classes – Annie’s colorwork class (something like 6 techniques in 3 hours – packed with value and laughs) and Susanna’s Japanese Short Rows class (totally elegant, and I think she is right, just about perfect).  Pictured are samples from Susanna’s class, which, as always, is totally organized and thought out to bring maximum learning to the students.

31.jpg4.jpg5.jpgMeet ups with the Ravelry team (Sarah and Mary Heather).  Look at that cute original logo (click to embiggen), upper left, literally scratched out on a cocktail napkin.  They gave a very interesting history of Ravelry and then showed us some cool features, and then posed with us in front of the giant Bob head.  They don’t come much sweeter than the Rav-team.

1.jpg2.jpg3.jpgSteven was his glorious self.  I love that guy.  Just love him.  He asked about you, as did others.  I told them you were off protecting the free world. Thank you for that.

Next year I hope someone else can stand duty and you can join in the fun.

Love,

Ellen