This year friends (Wendy, Matt, Julie, Christi, Cody, Sarah & Jackson) and I attended the 6th PA. Endless Mtns. Fiber Festival in Harford, PA, at the Harford Fairgrounds, a very short distance from US RT 81 in northeastern PA. This is not a huge fiber event, like Rhinebeck and Maryland, but they are growing. They began with less than 40 vendors, and this year there were 53 vendors. I hope we never get as big as the other events because what I like most about this event is it's smaller size. There are no crushing crowds and jockeying to get what you want. The vendors are friendly and approachable, and the crowds are the same.
It doesn't look like much, but this is where the event is held, what is normally the sheep barn during the annual Harford Fair days.
A vendor selling felted toys and other items, and fiber for needle felting.
Below, antique spinning wheels.
This is myself, spinning some wool roving from a fleece I purchased and did not send out for processing. I am combing this wool by hand and spinning it. My dear friend Wendy took many photos of me spinning at the festival, but I am very self-conscious, as well as being rather round. I didn't want to frighten anyone away by showing them. But this is me spinning, or what I will allow you to see, that is! :D
My friend Wendy loves novelty yarns, and there is one particular vendor that she drifts to every year. The Blumblookie Fiber booth. This particular spinner makes unconventionally hand spun yarn & one of a kind whimsy items. It is very popular with the younger people, and I'm sure with a few of the older folk as well. Below is one of her hats.
This is Miss Christi, she is my friend Wendy's cousin, up visiting from Mississippi or thereabouts. A great gal and we've all had a lot of fun together these last couple weekends. Christi is modeling her lovely new scarf that she purchased at the festival, no doubt hand spun and hand knit.
Another booth selling home canned fruits, hand made soaps, and some plain skeins of spun yarn.
Below, a lovely little red Alpaca.............don't they have a sweet face? I think so. And personalities to match.
Above some of the wonderful fibers blended with Tussah silk. Some with fine wools, some with camel and other fibers. This stuff was fiber cotton candy. Amazing to touch and beautiful to the naked eye as well. Just amazing stuff.
Hand felted hats of a large variety. There will be a lot of warm heads under these hats.
This beautiful roving is from Steam Valley Farms in Trout Run, PA. They have wonderful spun yarns as well as amazing roving, and the owner also sells spinning wheels and accessories. I have purchased from her more than once, and she is very dependable and sells top quality product. I highly recommend them for your spinning supplies and accessories as well as yarn and roving.
Some hand knit and felted bags and purses. All beautifully done.
Cones of yarn and thread for weaving...........what a find for any weaver, eh?
These are just adorable little fiber whimsies. They are felted balls with acorn tops attached to them to make felted acorns. And being shown in a felted bowl. Someone has a very good imagination and some real talent.
Two very regal Llamas.
More amazing hand dyed skeins of lovely fiber. Most of the booths had gorgeous skeins of wool and alpaca and other fibers for sale. You could go berserk trying to pick and choose among them. This year I didn't even try. I have so much yarn it is no longer amusing. I must start using that up. But I did fall victim to all the wonderful roving and top available for spinners. If it's not one fiber goodness I'm hoarding, it's another, right? Oh well, I'm versatile! hahaha
This is just a small sampling of all the wonderful items that were there to be seen as well as items for purchase. I'm sure it was a good day for all, and I hope that all of the vendors did well enough that they will be returning again next year.
For anyone interested, that might want to come and see our wonderful Fiber Festival next year, you can find all the information here - PA Endless Mtns Fiber Festival. Next year's event will be held on September 11th and 12th. Please, if you are in the area, come and join us. You will not regret it. I have already marked my 2010 calendar, so I won't miss out! :)
Hope you enjoyed my little presentation. Have a great day :)