2014 Michigan Fiber Festival – Through My Eyes

I can tell that, over time, my focus on what I look at and purchase at fiber fairs has changed. Until a couple of years ago, I was all about yarn, books and spinning fiber for myself. Now? It’s all about the animals and their fleeces.

We had reserved three fleeces from Moonshadow Farm, and ended up purchasing another CVM from them because it was just too pretty to pass up (Thank you Sandy for spotting it). These were dropped off at Ohio Valley for processing:

Romney-Corrieda;e

Romney/Corriedale cross.  It has a really nice luster to it.

CVM1

Pure CVM

Wendy

cvm2

I had taken up four other fleeces (2 Clun Forest to be processed separately and 2 Cheviot/Perendale crosses to be processed together) and those had already been dropped off when we picked up seven bags of processed fiber to take back home. Those that we picked up were: a sweet gray alpaca, Cotswold, BFL, Babydoll Southdowns. White Horned Dorset (2 bags) and a very rare black Horned Dorset.

Why is the black Horned Dorset so rare? Well, technically, there are no colored Horned Dorsets. This ewe, named Marley, was born to a mother who was white, a father who was white and whose twin sister was white. Either sometime way back in the past a sneaky ram got into the flock who was not a Horned Dorset, or there is a color mutation that developed to produce Marley. Either way, while Marley is registered, none of her lambs can be even if they are born white. Too bad, because, as a hand spinner, I much prefer natural colored fleeces. I’ll get pictures of these fibers taken tonight and up into the shop in the next couple of days.

So, while we were there, we looked a fleeces and animals searching for just the right ones to add to our selection of those for sale. We did purchase other fleeces, but the animals were too much for my camera. Take a look!

sweet shetland ram

The closest one to the camera and I became good friends.  I reached through and gently rubbed him under his chin and on the side of his face and his tail went 90 mph.  He was such a sweetie and look at those lovely horns and his pretty face.

another shetland ram

Another nice looking Shetland ram.  Doesn’t it look like he had just finished some chocolate ice cream?

icelandic ram

This Icelandic ram has a wonderful fleece on him.  Really, I would love to have his next shearing – and I have a picture of the farm sign he is from, too, so I might get my wish.

magnificent horns

And doesn’t he have such a noble head?

two pretty pygoras

When we got to the tents where the fiber animals were, the Pygora show was going on.  I apologize for the yellowy tint to these shots, but it was a yellow-striped tent over head.  I loved these two and they posed so nicely for me.

pygora goat1

Another sweet, light-gray Pygora.  Just look at the fiber!

pygora kid

And this kid was just as pretty.

sweet pygora

This one was getting ready to go into the show ring.  Sandy fell in love with its upright, tufty tail.  It almost looks like someone pinned a feather to its butt.

Type C Pygors

The very first Type C Pygora I have ever seen.  The owner and I talked for several minutes and she told me that this goat tested as cashmere.  It was so soft!!

big scary world

And, folks, it’s a scary world out there for a wee kid.

So, we had a wonderful time at the Michigan Fiber Festival this year. Keep your fingers crossed and say a few prayers that we will be selected to vend there next year. That would be wonderful!

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