Today was the third Annual New England Fiber Festival. I have managed to attend all three. It is a wonderful event. Farmers, knitters, weavers, felters, soap makers, rug hookers from all over New England come. It is an absolute feast for the senses! The colors, textures, smells….it is amazing!
There is yarn, rovings, felted creations, socks, sweaters, hats…..and animals.
I am partial to the sheep.
I love sheep! These three are Baby Doll sheep. The stay pretty small. Perfect for small holdings… I am immediately wondering if we could fit some in at Brookwood Shire.
She is even smaller. A Shetland mix and very sweet.
The rovings have pictures of the sheep that “donated” the wool.
How nice to have that connection. To understand where things come from and to acknowledge how animals provide for us. How we are all part of the cycle of nature.
Just try to resist plunging your hands into this. The way it feels…and smells! Delightful!
Romney is a breed of sheep. Don’t, in this political season, confuse them with someone else.
Think about what it took to create this. Raising and sheering the sheep. Preparing the wool. Spinning, dyeing, winding… Now ready to be knitted, crocheted, felted…..the possibilities are endless.
This flower pin was made from zippers! Who ever would even think of that?!
These “tiles” were made from felted wool. Just beautiful!
And then there were the Alpacas. Alpaca wool is incredibly soft.
And Alpacas are lovely.
It was a wonderful day. Such talented and creative people. So good to know there are still people living a sustainable life, so close to nature. Who are preserving “the old ways” and sharing the fruits of their labours with us. Who help to show us the richness of what life once was and what it could be again.