This is one of the fun things about fiber festivals: glorious hand-dyed yarn. The yarn pictured above is from Linda Whiting's Pinestar Studio.
And here's another fun thing about fiber festivals: meeting hand-knitwear designers. Below is the delightful Mary Jane Mucklestone. (Notice the adorable beagle in the background! He was a sweetie!) Go to Mary Jane's website and read about her wonderful trip to Shetland. Mary Jane gave a class at Fiber College.
Here she is looking over the fiber books from Village Books in Washington, Maine. My friend Karen Jelenfy of Village Books and I shared a booth. Karen has great fiber books!
The lovely yarns below are hand-dyed by Heather, owner (and fiberista!) of Highland Handmades. I first met Heather at Maine's Fiber Frolic last spring and was happy to have her booth next to ours at Fiber College. We vendors have fun.
Pictured below is Debbie of Purple Fleece in Stockton Springs, Maine giving an impromptu spinning demonstration. She is a master spinner.
And dyer. Pictured below are Debbie's luscious hand-dyed sock weight yarns. Check out her spinning wheels. Spinning is addictive and calming, says Karen, who has plunged into the world of spinning.
The charming felted hats below are made by Michelle DeLucia of Sunshine Daydream Farm in Brownfield, Maine.
Michelle uses native, natural plant dyes.
Michelle had this charming felted bag for sale in her booth, too.
There was even a lovely vegetable garden nearby.
Fiber College takes place at the scenic Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.
These photos wouldn't have been possible without the loan of a camera from Debbie, my friend at Purple Fleece, who kindly loaned me hers after I realized mine wasn't working (thank you Debbie!)
Saturday, September 18th, Karen will bring Knitting Out Loud audiobooks to Country Knitters and Spinners Fiber Festival in Presque Isle, Maine.
Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, I will bring Knitting Out Loud audiobooks to the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival in Hemlock, New York.
Hope to see you there! Happy Fall!