SAFF = Fiber

Saturday was an absolute blast. My first fiber fair ever, my biggest fiber purchase ever, and I think my most money spent (at one time) ever. And the fiber was totally worth it. Here is my final haul.

The Whole Kaboodle

The Whole Kaboodle

And I got all of that from only seven vendors. Seven out of the many many many that were there. Of course, I looked up all the vendors ahead of time to find out which ones had stuff I was interested in. I walked into the fair with a list of what I wanted, and basically threw it out the window. I had wanted to get lots of different kinds of fiber, but that approach doesn’t work in this scenario. Unless you want to go through and ask each vendor, “Do you have bamboo? Do you have flax? Do you have bison?”

We (my dad and I) decided to scoop the loop first and make sure I knew where I wanted to buy from. I was starting to get worried when I wanted to buy stuff from the first two booths we stopped at, and there was a whole room full and another building to go. Thankfully the good stores kind of thinned out. (“Good” in terms of fiber I wanted. They were all great.)

Oh, and the people from Wauka Farm were there, so we got to say hello and talk for a bit. And a couple of the ladies from the spinning guild were there too.

Once we had looked at everything, I started buying.

Half of the Haul

Half of the Haul

And I’ll give you the details on that in upcoming posts. That way you can enjoy all the gorgeous stuff at your leisure. But, in the mean time, here’s a close up on half of what I got.

The angora bunnies that were there were very cute. And soft. When I felt one’s fur it was like touching soft nothingness. We didn’t stop to look at the alpacas, but I made the mistake of feeling an alpaca fleece in the fleece sale arena. It was a rich black fleece (or whatever you call it when it comes off an alpaca) and they were selling it for three dollars an ounce. I really really had to work on myself to not grab the whole bag and spend all my money in one swoop. The funny thing? I don’t think I ended up buying any alpaca at all! Unless there’s some in the mystery batts . . . hmm.

The fair was very much worth the drive. I got to look at all sorts of gorgeous colors and touch all sorts of wonderful soft fuzzy things. Not to mention talk to some fun people and try out a double-treadle spinning wheel.

And here’s the other half.

More Good Stuff

More Good Stuff

6 Responses to SAFF = Fiber
  1. Mama Mentor
    October 26, 2008 | 11:11 pm

    I LOVE angora. Wish it wasn’t so expensive . . . and that I lived in a climate where I actually needed that kind of warmth! Can’t wait to hear more about your fiber adventure!

  2. Rebekah
    October 27, 2008 | 9:25 am

    You could get some of the bunnies. :) One of the people at the fair said that the rabbits crank out twelve ounces of fur every twelve weeks. Not a bad turn out!

  3. legossi
    October 27, 2008 | 12:04 pm

    If they turn out that much, why is it so expensive? :P

    Looks like a great amount of yarn! I wish I could have gone, too. :/

    You’ll be proud of me, I spun two whole spools of yarn yesterday and then plied them.

  4. Mama Mentor
    October 27, 2008 | 1:11 pm

    I have often thought about getting angora rabbits, actually. I always talk myself out of it though because I think they’d be absolutely miserable in this climate!

  5. Rebekah
    October 27, 2008 | 3:32 pm

    Yay, Legossi! Great job. Do I get pictures?

    Hmm. Yes, they might be a little too unhappy. And air-conditioning the hutches would be a bit expensive.

  6. Sarah
    November 20, 2008 | 8:33 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the fiber fair. :)

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