The Kid N Ewe fiber festival in Boerne will be upon me very soon. So now that the other craft fairs are behind us I can shift my focus. The other fairs were targeted to the general public who are looking for fun gifts for the holidays. But KNE is all about fiber - the people who adore it, the animals who grow it, and the millions of crafts that employ it. My inventory is almost completely different for a sheep and wool show than for a general craft fair. I try to minimize the acrylic and novelty yarns in favor of the wool, alpaca, mohair and plant fibers. Mmmmmm, just saying the words is a sensory experience...
We got back some gorgeous white alpaca/Jacob yarn from Spinderella's Fiber Mill a couple of weeks ago. Our in-house color expert, Laurie, spent the day dyeing some of that yarn. She has a bunch of her own hand-spun yarn dyed, too, so hang on to your wallet if you visit our booth. This is the only warning you'll get.
I'll also have my Babe double-treadle production wheel there as a demo if anyone wants to order a Babe wheel. I finally got around to customizing mine a bit - I have wanted for months and months to paint the raw wood of the treadles and flyer a shiny, fire engine red. Got it done today. Still considering whether or not to put flames on the treadles, as a statement of my hip edginess. (It's easier than a tattoo.)
As you know, we farmers are slaves to the weather. It's been so lovely the past week or two, and looks to be nice even through next week, that I grabbed the chance to put some spinach seeds down in the beds that pal Donna cleared for us. I hope we'll have some salad makings in 4-6 weeks!
Tomorrow, more inventory production. I hope to have some trinkets completed to show you then.