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.