More From The Fiber Festival

For years I’ve fondled the end product of the chain that primarily begins with fiber on the hoof, toe or paw but never really seen a concentration of the start of it all. As I understand it, most fiber festivals have some sort of “sheep to shawl” demonstration and the Michigan festival was no exception. Without further ado, say hello to a few of my fleecy (but noisy, bleating) friends:

Sheep: some sheared, some not
Some ewes have been shorn, others not. None seem too pleased.

Blue Faced Leicester Sheep
I am Blue-faced Leicester. Adore me-e-e-e!

Icelandic Ewe
This polled (hornless) ewe may be an Icelandic cross-breed.

I’m Icelandic all the way, bay-bee!

Angora Goat Sisters
My Angora sister and I have some of the softest mohair curls in town!

There were lots of barns and pens and competitions going on but I didn’t have the energy to visit them all. That’s why I missed the Angora bunnies and probably the Alpacas and whichever other fiber-bearing creatures deigned to call during the week.

But wait! I failed to mention any purchases. Witness one tasty 1200 yard hank of Briar Rose “Celebration”, a 60% merino /40% bamboo mix in the blue-green shades of the sea. Briar Rose’ owner, Chris couldn’t be nicer.


Other than some aromatic goodies, that’s all I bought. The point of the trip wasn’t to spend money so much as to get away from the knit cave and medical issues and the city for a spell. To that end, the deal was done, and in spades. Thanks for coming along with me for a taste of the Michigan Fiber Festival.

19 comments to More From The Fiber Festival

  • Love all the sheep! I’m looking forward to getting my sheep fix at WI Shep & Wool in a few weeks.

    Gorgeous Briar Rose yarn — I was bummed not to see her at Stitches Midwest.

  • I like how the different sheep varieties have such different looking fleeces. Gorgeous Briar Rose yarn!

  • Jen

    That yarn is beautiful. I bought some Briar Rose at a Fiber Festival recently too and I found them to be so so nice.

    Love the animal pics too! 🙂

  • YUM-MY! LOVE that Briar Rose!

  • meg

    You were much stronger than I, in the purchasing restraint! What a perfect choice, too. Briar Rose fibers fill me with longing . .
    The sheep were amazing, too – the icelandic was cutest, but I know I love the bluefaced fleece best. They seemed so individual, too, from voices to attitudes. One little sheep I saw was the *image* of frustration, being pushed around by a little boy!

  • I can’t wait to see what you make with your purchase too! It’s beautiful.

  • Such cute sheepsies! You have great self-control for not trying to smuggle one home with you. 🙂

  • Karen —
    That was a great photo of you at the festival on Bonne Marie’s blog! You look like you were having a wonderful time!

  • it’s always fun to bond with sheep! and i hear you on getting out of the urban jungle for a little while. 🙂 glad you had fun.

  • We don’t have anything like that here, or at least not that I know of. We do have lot’s of sheep though and cows of course. How difficult will it be to turn cows hair into beautiful yarn?!

  • I have always wanted to go to a fiber festival, but have not yet made it there. I have recently started a dabbling sort of interest in spinning, so I should double my efforts to get there. The yarn you bought looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    Be well and happy knitting!

  • Out is good. The time to worry is not when the walls start closing in, it’s when what’s inside the walls becomes your world.

    Every time I meet sheep I’m so *glad* that someone invented soap. I mean, I really like wool, but I wouldn’t want to smell like that 🙂

  • That blue will be STUNNING for the stole! 🙂

  • Looks like great fun! And that Briar Rose is yummy.

  • What fun sheep pics. Also, love the yarn that you picked up – look forward to seeing you knit it up. 🙂

  • I love the ‘Sheep’ portion of the Sheep and Wool Festivals! It is great seeing from whence my yarn springs and I love the yarn you bought!

  • I totally get you on your oating goal. Getting outside yourself is just so important, isn’t it? And I think you chose a fun thing to be doing.

  • Looks like you had a great day. We have sheep out here in the country, not mine, but a neighbor, I think they are meat sheep. I’ve never seen such beautiful fleece on them that is for sure. Glad you had a good day, I’m off to look at some Briar Rose.

  • Look at all the sheepies! They’re so BIG! *gasps*

    That Briar Rose yarn looks divine. And you were so good with your purchases. I really admire your fortitude. I’m so glad you got a chance to take a mini-break.