I had a lovely time at Rendezvous on Saturday. It's a small festival -- nothing like Maryland Sheep & Wool except for the presence of fiber & people -- but it was just the ticket. There were plenty of spinners to talk to, and enough time to talk to almost all of them. There were interesting things to buy, but not so many that I was forced into tough decisions. There were demos to get me excited and intrigued about some possible new directions, but no classes, so I can still focus on the projects I was working on last week. There were darling alpaca babies, but no animals I might seriously be tempted to bring home. And the weather was perfect.
Here's some of my haul:
In the center is a Spindolyn support spindle. I had been interested in these, so was excited to snap up a used one. At its foot is a little skein of spindle-spun yarn; I bought the batt just to have something to spin at the festival, but ended up quite liking its blend of color and fiber (wool & mohair). I also bought some more of the wool & mohair in different purples, either for needlefelting or spinning.
Behind the spindle is 4 oz. of lovely, lovely alpaca & silk roving. I'm planning to spin a laceweight and knit someone a lovely scarf for Christmas.
Spilling out of the open bag is some Wensleydale fleece; I'm going to try spinning it for durable socks. I am such a sucker for gray fleece and this one is beautiful.
Not pictured: a little Icelandic fleece. I have no plans for this and no real idea why I bought it except that it was there, it was pretty, and the price was right.
I couldn't resist this Turkish spinner, although I need another dust catcher like I need a hole in my head. But I loved all her spangles, and the details of her dress, and so here she is, perched up high in my office / wool room. My three year old has yet to notice her but I know she'll be enchanted.
Did I mention the weather? I know it had a lot to do with my delight in the day. It was warm but not too warm. The sun was out, after a week of rain, and there were plenty of trees giving dappled shade. The light breeze felt great (although it was a pain in the neck during my combing demonstration). I really wished I had brought my wheel so I could just sit there and spin and soak up the peace.