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kira makes her second trip to the Powhatan Festival of Fiber

kira with sheep (instagram: @lolspeak)
(photo by Dylan)

Last year, I went to the Powhatan Festival of Fiber by myself, on a gloomy, drizzly day. This year, my party increased by 3! Woo.

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Alpacas

We saw alpacas, and sheeps, and bunnehs.

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Chicken

There was a very large and incredibly grumpy looking chicken.
I have less pictures than last time, because I was being social(!). Hah…

We wandered the vendor booths, meandering from stall to stall, each of us trying to find our small score for the day. (Boo, budgets!)

There was an amazing 50% yak/50% silk blend roving by Kim Dyes Yarn, in two gorgeous colorways (a somewhat jewel-toned rainbow and a lovely blues-and-greens mermaid color). I snuggled up to it multiple times, even dragging Lauren over to it later, but I’m still attempting to resist the lure of spinning. (Because… face it, I don’t need another hobby, with all it’s tools and trappings. At least, for right now.) Sadly, there wasn’t any of it already spun up, otherwise that might have been my yarn.

Somewhat ironically, after scouring all the booths, I returned, yet again, to the Unplanned Peacock booth — and purchased the exact same yarn I got at last year’s festival, in a different colorway. I guess I know what I like!

Unplanned Peacock - Kinky Sock - Butterscotch

Unplanned Peacock, Kinky Sock, in Butterscotch. I’m not sure what I plan to make from it, but I’ve been drooling over shawls in yellow.

And, I think I finally know how I’m going to use my other skein of Kinky Sock (colorway Frog) from last years festival. The second lace shawl design I’ve been dreaming up; I think I might swatch it with this and see how it looks!

Altogether, a fun time. And I have next year’s festival already on my calendar!

-x

kira makes a trip to the Powhatan Festival of Fiber

This last Saturday, I woke up with not much planned to do. In a bit of a mood, as well — I had stayed up a little too late the previous night at a party, and the morning was wet and gloomy. Despite this, I didn’t want to spend the whole day holed up in my apartment, and I remembered about the Powhatan Festival of Fiber. So, I shrugged into some clothes and got on the road, for about a 45 minute drive. While the drive itself was uneventful, it was a bit emotional as I was dealing with personal stuff — partially why I had such impetus for getting out of the apartment and actually doing something, even if it was to wander a fiber festival, all by myself, in the drizzle.

As I was parking, I remembered that there would be lots of yarn and other fiber-related things to tempt me into buying them. Seeing as I was already pushing my budget for the month, I set a strict one-skein-only limit, no more than $35. (I knew that I would want to come home with at least something!)

I wandered from booth to booth, petting all the lovely skeins and hanks of yarn. The smells of festival food wafted through the damp air. I resisted buying a funnel cake. (Can funnel cakes be vegan? I don’t even know…) As I made my way to the back of the fair, I noticed a pen.

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Alpacas

Alpacas! (I later saw the white alpaca get sheared.)

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Sheep

There were also sheep being sheared, next to a couple pens of different breeds of sheep and goats. I got to pat a baby goat on its head; it had tiny little triangular horn nubs — adorable!

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Bunnies

Further down the row, there was also a booth selling angora rabbits. I did not buy one. Although, tempting. So fluffy!

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Curious Bunny

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Fluffy Bunny

In the end, I wandered around some more for a while, browsing all the booths (sometimes twice, because I hadn’t really planned a path), before deciding on a skein of yarn. There was only a single skein in its colorway, hanging on a rack surrounded by other beautifully colored hanks of yarn. But I kept coming back to this one.

Unplanned Peacock Kinky Sock - Frog

The picture does not really do it justice. It is lovely and soft, with beautiful tones of greens and blues. A sock yarn from Unplanned Peacock. The colorway name is Frog… but the colors more remind me of a peacock than a frog. I am not sure what I plan to do with it yet — I’m leaning towards a sock-yarn shawl; too pretty to hide under a pair of shoes! Now to browse Ravelry for all the possible options. Swoon.

-x

ETA: oh, there was so much Papyrus font used by the vendors! Egad!