I went to a festival!

  So, I went to the shepherdsharvestfestival.org this past weekend. It was a lot of fun! I took Isaac out with me, and we saw sheep, llamas and goats. We also saw enough fiber stuff to make me very happy. I only bought three skeins of yarn, as this stuff isn't cheap. No Jo-Ann's or Michael's grade stuff here, just lots and lots of wool!
There were so many pretties!
Just a picture of my boy and some fiber.
  There were 3 barns at the fair grounds, full to bursting with yarns, spinning wheels, raw wool, tools, etc. I even got to meet one of the independent dyers I follow on Instagram, Annie, who goes by Modeknit if you want to see her pretty colors. Also, she is selling her house here in the Twin Cities, and it is so gorgeous! Anyway, I did get one of her skeins, called Mary's Maids (apparently named after a character's wedding party in the tv show Elementary). It is a lovely Superwash Merino, and it came in a generous 936 yd skein. I am going to knit a shawl from it... eventually, lol!
  I saw so many pretties that I wanted, but couldn't afford, until I came to a stall with handspun, hand dyed wools from a lady in Wisconsin. Her website is http://sandyspalette.com/ and I got 2 skeins of sock wool from there for $12 a skein. That was cheap, by the way. Most skeins go for $24 on average, because they are of a different quality than the yarns made in large factories. Not to knock the cheaper stuff, by the way, but there is something about holding a handspun yarn, made with the love and passion of the spinner/artisan, that just imparts some magic to the whole process.
 I also finally finished the shawl I was making for Shelley. She received it today with delight, and that is awesome. Oh yes, my second crafty half is back in Minnesota!!!!!
  I was in a car accident tonight, so we're taking the night slow. Thankfully the car protected all four of us, and my boys are all right. Not so swell is the fact that poor old Gertie, faithful little Buick LaCrosse, may be headed for the junkyard in the sky. She drove home, even though her hood and trunk were all squinched up, but as she has over 200,000 miles on her, not sure if she is worth fixing. We shall see.
  Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters :)


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