All set up and ready for the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival! We are located in the Show Barn, booth #10.
About two years ago, we were approached by someone looking to have their Samoyed dog's hair turned into yarn. After looking over the fiber, we agreed to give it a shot. We've now been doing regular custom blends of this super soft dog yarn! This past weekend during the yarn pickup, we finally had the chance to meet one of the loving dogs that kindly donate their fur for the yarn blend!
In our mill, we transform a lot of raw fibers into yarns, corespun rug yarn, roving, felt, etc. We hear about so many exciting future projects and we see occasional photos of finished projects, but many times we are left wondering what ever happened to that beautiful batch of fiber we processed!? A little over a year ago, two sisters visited us and their excitement for their future projects was contagious. They were so excited to have fiber to be processed into yarn from their very own Shetland sheep and they couldn't wait to construct hand knit shawls from their beloved pets! We worked hard to turn their fleeces into a natural lace & sport weight yarn. This past weekend, to our surprise, they came back with the finished shawls! No longer will we wonder what the finished projects looked like! Here are some pictures of the shawls the girls shared with us...
Hand dyed 100% Alpaca yarn that we just finished and it's heading out to its owner today! Its marshmallow soft!
Its a little hard to admire from a picture of the yarn already packaged up, but we just love natural colors of alpaca yarn together!
The last few days of the Etown Fair have been so enjoyable! Yesterday Madi participated in the breeding goat and sheep shows, where her dairy & Angora goats/ Leicester Longwool Sheep did really well and she was awarded champion goat showman! Last night the girls, a few Pasrba Royalty kids, and a few fellow 4-Her's participated in the Angorapalooza (bunny to scarf) event! In just two short hours, they were spinning angora fiber right from the rabbit, plied it, and wove it into a beautiful scarf , answering many questions by the many passing spectator's. They then donated the scarf to the fair and it is being auctioned off tonight at the arts and crafts auction to support the fair! This morning, Madi volunteered by announcing at the Dairy show! Its so great to be involved deeply in such a community oriented event such as this!
Another fun filled few days at the fair! Tuesday night was the rabbit show and Madi was excited to have been awarded Best In Show with Sandy her Flemish Giant! Today was an early day as we drove the goats and sheep down for the shows later, as well as the Angorapalooza at 4:30 today! With that said, our yarn shop will be closed early today at 3:00 due to the Angorapalooza at the fair!
Its Elizabethtown Fair week! We kicked off the first night last night by submitting all of our family living projects, hay samples, and baked goods followed by the queen competition where we supported one of our county's 4-Her's! All 4 girls did a wonderful job in the competition! Tonight is the rabbit show where Madi will be showing her Angora & Flemish Giant Rabbits as well as competing in rabbit showmanship! There's lots of fun fiber events throughout the week such as a fleece to shawl demo on Wednesday night and the Angorapalooza Thursday night, so if you're in the area, stop by and check it out!
Its getting close! Hope to see you there... We will have our booth as well as accepting fiber there! Let the countdown begin!
Loving this corespun going through the mill right now! Sometimes its really hard to let end products like this go out the door!