Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival 2009

I hadn't been back to the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival since my trip to the first annual back in 2005. And honestly, in 2005, I was a bit underwhelmed. So this year, I decided that I would go if the time and opportunity allowed, but I didn't make a special trip. Luckily, the site is only 20 minutes or so from my parent's house, and I was planning on being there anyway due to Rykert's ski tournaments and my nieces' swimmeet.

So on Sunday morning, my dad, nieces, and I took off for the Festival. We made a quick stop at the animals, and watched the sheepdog training.

A & G at Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival 2009

Sadly, this is about the only picture I have, as I didn't take my camera out much.

Then we hit the vendors. Each of my nieces picked out a skein of yarn for next year's winter hat.

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival 2009 01

And I picked up a skein of sock yarn.

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival 2009 02

There was lots of spinning supplies and spinners and the girls were very curious as to what was going on. The vendors were very kind in stopping and explaining the process to them. It was an educational experience for them, kind of, as they learned where wool comes from and saw parts of the process. I still have no interest in learning to spin. Which is odd, because it seems like the natural next step for most knitters. But...

I talked to a semi-local (to me) vendor who sells looms. I've been looking at the Ashford Knitter's Loom for quite a while, but have been nervous to make the plunge. For a couple of reasons (a) the expense, (b) do I really need another hobby, (c) is it something that can be learned without a lot of personal instruction, etc. I now know I absolutely want to buy one, but will probably wait a bit longer. Unless...

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princessquiltandknitalot said...

I've been looking into a rigid heddle loom as well. I haven't figured out which one to get yet, I am interested on how you narrowed your choice to Ashford Knitter's Loom.

L said...

Hmmm.. How I narrowed my choices to the Knitter's Loom? I'll try to post more once I make a final decision. But right now it's leading the pack because of it's apparent ease to use, small compact size, and most importantly portability.

princessquiltandknitalot said...

I will look forward to reading in a future blog. The midwest weavers conference is in Grinell next weekend, they have a free vendor show. I am thinking about heading over to see if many vendors have rigid heddle looms so I can see a variety up close. I have narrowed down to Kromski Harp, Ashford or Schact flip.

Sarah said...

I LOVE the yarn your nieces picked out. Both hanks are exactly what I would have picked (especially the one with blue and bright green!) xD

The sheep are darling! Looks like the trip was a success!

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