Yesterday I attended my first in person Sheep and Wool Festival since October, 2019, almost 2 years ago. I’ve missed these wonderful festivals terribly. My last trip before the pandemic began was to Asheville for the SAFF festival. I wrote about it HERE.
This weekend was my local show, the New Jersey Sheep and Wool Festival. I’m so lucky to have a festival only an hour from my home. The festival isn’t overwhelming like Rhineback, it’s in 4 barns. Two have sheep and two have vendors. There’s also a good variety of food outside the barns.
I met a lovely vendor named Leanne the owner of Ewe Knit & Sew, LLC. The yarn I purchased is lovely and I can’t wait to start knitting with it. Check out her website for all the terrific bases and colors that she carries and I love her packaging. Here’s what I purchased.
This is called a Swirlpop. It’s 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn that are 87 yards each. Leanne has a cowl pattern for this yarn and I’m going to be knitting it in these lovely colors. Definitely a fun addition to my winter wardrobe.
This is a Mini Bundle of DK weight yarn for a pair of fingerless gloves. Leeanne also included a pattern using this yarn to knit the mitts.
My final purchase at Ewe Knit & Sew is this beautiful Aran weight skein of a Merino, Cashmere, Nylon called Posh in a colorway called Waterfall. There’s 181 yards and I intend to knit my Splendid Squares Hat with this. I think it will be ideal in this yarn.
From there, I visited the Cape May Fiber booth. After seeing several samples knit in this yarn, I couldn’t resist. It’s Super Bulky Merino Superwash with a gauge of 2 stitches per inch on Size 15 needles. What it will become is still being contemplated.
My final purchase is this adorable can of yarn, pattern, and ornament for the Appetizer Bauble by Marianated Yarn. This is mini skeins of fingering weight yarn to knit ornament covers. I’m sure I’ll be knitting a bunch of these for the holidays.
There was a lot of samples to see too. I was inspired by many but these two shawls are must knits for me.
After almost two years of very little in person yarn events, it was truly a wonderful day. Hopefully the first of many events that will begin to happen. In the meantime, I continue to knit my stash and visit my local yarn stores.