Last weekend was Maryland Sheep and Wool. The fiber lovers' version of Woodstock. But better since it is an annual event!
My plan was to be very controlled. But the birthday money burning a hole in my pocket (and God help me the bright colors) meant this is what came home with me!
To make the day even better I finally was able to meet up with a couple of friends known only to me via Ravelry! If you had told me 10 years ago (I originally typed 20 but then realized the internet is really not that old!!) that I would be making such wonderful friends over the internet I would have told you you were crazy.
As if that was not enough, Kristen, second from the right and of Gilead Fiber Farm for whom I made these cups, made an extra trip down to Fredericksburg to hang out and have a dye day! And until MDSW we had never even met in person.
So dye day.
Kristen, shepherd and dyer extraordinaire....
"Seymour" from Gilead Fiber Farm. Finn lamb and kid mohair
The above picture and the picture below is a product of the same dye pot. The wool/mohair blend on the left was a light brown, while the wool/mohair on the right was a natural cream. Both came from RJ in Oklahoma.
Above and below center is named "Veritek" and is a blend from Gilead. I think it is coopworth and mohair if I remember correctly. It was a last minute gift as Kristen left to start her drive north....she left at 2:30 but I was still waiting on my last pot of goodies after dark!
The ironic thing is that I have planned a series of dye workshops for our local fiber guild to be taught by a local University professor for this Summer.
I think I am warmed up and ready!