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This was the fifth year that we had attended the festival, we only stayed for the Friday show though, needed to get home inorder to get rested up for the new week. It takes us five and a half hours to get there and none of us really travel well.  I had a chance to visit with some of the vendors this year, which is something that I hadn’t been able to do in the past because we have usually gone on Saturdays and they are sooo busy.  I have some pictures of the three of the vendors that I had a chance to visit with.

Sharon Lawson with her husband have a fiber processing business in Wapello, IA. I got some of her beautiful blended merino rovings.  She does all kinds of fibers from the merinos to exotics, including dehairing.

100% Merino with blended colors

100% Merino

Merino with Silk Noil

Black Merino with silk noils blended in.

East Friesian Cross Dairy Sheep

Deb Bender from “East Friesian Cross Dairy Sheep” had some very lovely fleeces.  This is fleece is an  E.Friesian X Polypay.  I couldn’t wait to get it washed up and ready for spinning.  It will make great socks and other outer wear clothing.  I love the natural varigation in color with this fleece.

Raw fleece

Staple length

 Washed Fleece

Washed and out to dry.

 I had the opportunity  to visit with Tracy Schuh from “Interlacements Yarns” at the motel we were both staying at.  Wish I have of signed up for her dye class, maybe next time.  I stopped by her table and picked up some dyed roving pieces, she was busy with her classes so I got a  picture of  a couple of her helpers. 

Interlacement Yarns

 

So beautiful, I have no sense of color at all and I am in awe of anyone that does.

 All the people pictured here gave me their verbal approval to be shown in this blog and I’m so happy they did.  All in all we had a lot fun.

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