Feb 23

This past weekend, Sandy and I and Dyed in the Wool were at the Winter Woolen Workshop in Kokomo, Indiana.  Friday night’s set up went without a hitch, for which we were very thankful.  We were on the second floor of the Elliot House in a room facing south and with a large bay window, so the lighting could not have been better for us and we were warm!!

Saturday we woke to several inches of fresh snow, and what should have been an hour and 15 minute drive took 2 and a half hours, but we left home plenty early and arrived in time to finish setting things up and get ready for the day.  Because of the snow (it continued to fall pretty heavily all morning) the attendance was slow, but we sold fiber, met lots of new friends and had fun.

Sunday, the people made up for not coming on Saturday and it was a busy place.  We sold several pounds of fiber to spinners and felters alike (in fact, we completely sold out of the medium gray alpaca and we have a sweet gray Shetland lamb fleece that will never hit the online shop because there might be a couple of ounces left of it only) and I taught one person how to spin.  It was a very fun day.

prince sign 2015

Here is our new 2015 menu board showing everything we have for sale before the Winter Woolen Workshop started.  Beginning with the Suffolk on the next to bottom line through the end are the fibers that have not been added to the Dyed in the Wool on-line shop, yet.  Those are the 14 fleeces we picked up at Ohio Valley Natural Fibers on the 14th.  Our job this week is to get pictures of all of those and get them added on-line.

2015wwwbooth

If you can imagine Sandy sitting in the corner of the room and this being “L” shaped, this is how our booth looked at the beginning of the event.  We sold enough that we rearranged them part way through Sunday to make them easier for us to pull and fill orders.  The most popular were the gray alpaca that we sold out of, the gray Shetland lamb that we very nearly sold out of, the Bond, the Finn and the Corriedale/Romney cross (Jade).  We sold lots of this and that, but those were the highest sellers.

ethanhat

Last year, we had a lovely, true-black alpaca (Ethan) and another, equally lovely white alpaca that sold to one lady.  Well, she brought in a hat that she spun and knitted from them.  Sandy and I really love this.  And the lady made a matching one for her dog, too!!

purple cloak

There were lots and lots of lovely items worn over the weekend by vendors and guests alike, but this one was among my favorites.  She based the cloak on a sweater pattern she had, increasing the length and girth to make it more cloak-like and adding the decorated slits for her arms.  She got oohs and aahs wherever she went.  Lordy, I’d love one like this in greens.  This was made with Cascade 220 in the Purple Heather colorway.  She was justifiably proud of it.

This next Saturday, the 28th, there will be a Spin-in/Spinning Demonstration going on at Starstruck Cat Studio as part of the Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl.  Come and have some fun with us!