May 10
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Check out this great YouTube video on Leigh Tate’s Book “Five Acres & A Dream.”  It is a wonderful review of Leigh’s book as well as talking about an upcoming interview with Leigh on May 22nd.

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Also, if you are coming to the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, Sandy and I have several copies of the book for sale in our Dyed in the Wool booth with the proceeds going to Leigh.

The success of this book for Leigh has been outstanding.  Not only is it full of information, pictures and is well written, but Leigh’s conversation-style of writing just makes it a joy to read.  I still feel so privileged to have been able to assist her in getting this book out so the rest of the world can know hers and her husband, Dan’s, story.

 

May 8

Sandy and I have been wanting to do something fun for Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival this year, and we’ve been practicing.

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Sorry it is blurry, but you get the idea.  This is TNNA’s fault. 🙂

I want mine on green – Sandy’s been on an orange kick lately.

May 7

Hard to believe it’s been a year already since the last time Sandy and I were in Lexington.  The folks at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival have been so good to us.  The first year, we had a 10′ X 10′ booth.  Last year we had a 10′ X 20′ booth and this year we have a 10′ X 30′ booth!  Our selection of spinning fibers just keeps growing and we have purchased some really lovely fleeces for this year.  Honestly, some of these are going to be hard to sell because I want to keep them, but we know where we can get more.  When we have shepherds holding back their best fleeces for us, you know that Sandy and I have earned a great reputation for buying only the best.

This year, we have nearly 40 different choices for those who attend.  And, we hope to be picking up some more from Ohio Valley Natural Fibers because they have several we dropped off at their trailer at The Fiber Event in April.

On top of that, we have the opportunity to purchase fleeces from breeds we have not carried before, and they make us very happy – Clun Forest, Babydoll Southdowns and a lovely Cheviot/Perendale Cross that just begs to be spun up.  I wish we could have them ready for Kentucky, but we will have them up in the shop sometime in late August because we hope to pick them up from Ohio Valley at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  I’ll let you know as soon as they are up in the shop.

Sandy and I pride ourselves on having wool and other fibers for all ranges of end products in mind – from baby clothes and next-to-the-skin sweaters, scarves and hats, to harder wearing fibers such as Shetland, East Fresian, and Texel for gloves, socks and for tapestry weavers and felters.  If you are a weaver, then take a look at the Lincoln wool we have – strong enough for warp, yet pretty, nice to touch and with a nice luster to it.

Also, I need to dye up more bags, shoe laces and scrunchies because we are nearly out of them, and people really love them.  Only a week and a half left to do it all in, and get packed.  Time is flying by far too quickly.

If you are planning to be at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, please stop by and say hi.  Sandy and I love meeting new people.  And bring your drop spindle to test spin something new to play with.

Oh!  I almost forgot.  If you want any of the Champion Cormo, please order it before we head to Kentucky on the 16th.  The last two years, we have sold out of all we had before half way through the first day there – 2 years ago, we sold out within 2 hours of the festival opening.  Last year, people remembered that we have championship Cormo fiber and they came in asking for it.  I thought I’d just give you a heads up, because I doubt if any will be left when we pack up on the 18th.

Also, if you are a sheep breeder and have some really nice fleeces, please stop by and talk to us.  We are always looking out for more wool and we love supporting local and regional shepherds.

May 5
TNNA – Just Wow!
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Saturday, I was invited to attend TNNA with the store I teach in, Starstruck Cat Studio.

For starters, it was huge!!!  Even after being there from 10:30 until sometime after 4, I think we barely managed to see 1/3 of it.  Booths of new yarns, new designs, new bags, new products, new tools, and new books overwhelmed you quickly, but what a great amount of creativity there was to see.  Lots of ideas have been percolating in my brain ever since.

I honestly do not see how Susan is going to chose where to spend her money for the shop – each booth was better than the last and there were so many cool things.  In a way it was a good thing you couldn’t buy things to take them home that day because I’d be broke just on the first aisle.

But I did get to do one thing.  Soak is now selling nail polishes and have a local manicurist working there for the day.

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First time I have had on nail polish in about 20 years.  And, yes, I chose green where most people were choosing one of the pinks or purples.  Why?  It’s spring and green is my favorite color, so why not. and see the wee ball of yarn painted onto my ring-finger nail?  It was so much fun.  (Scott was not as happy with this as I was, but he’ll get over it.)

Also, I got some samples of different spinning fibers to test spin for Susan to help her choose what to sell in the shop.  Lots of colors and fibers to play with.

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It’s not often that one gets to stand next to history.  One of the sweaters for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

I hope to get to go again some day, but I’d like to be one of those people signing books of my designs next time.

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