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The NY Sheep & Wool Festival 2016
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I had an Amazing time at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. This was my first year and was completely overwhelmed when I stepped in through the gates.

Luckily these lovely friends and festival masters knew just what to do. They ushered me directly to Into the Whirled so I could pick up a pack of Polwarth/Tussah in Rhinebeck before it was all gone.

I got a chance to try a Golding spinning wheel, meet Galina Khmeleva, touch some Quiviet and Paco Vicuna, and speak with some great shepherdesses.

The weather couldn't have been better! It was nice to be able to sit outside for lunch. I had a very yummy pretzel and an apple cider doughnut.  

It was a whirlwind of fibery goodness :)

And here is the haul... 1lb of raw merino from Ewe and Me Merinos, organic local garlic, Polwarth/Silk from Into the Whirled, Bombyx Silk, Icelandic roving and Karukul roving from Solitude, Long Sleeved Tshirt and pattern from Galina.

The question now is where to start?

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival 2015
Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

It was a lovely weekend at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY.  The weather was perfect. There were animals, yummy food, classes, demonstrations and lots and lots of shopping!

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

The only downside to the weekend was that Jacey Boggs Faulkner, our featured guest, was stuck in Chicago all weekend. This poor woman spent the night in the airport Friday night and tried to get a flight all day on Sat. At midnight Saturday with her luggage and wheel somehow in D.C. and still no flight to NY in site she decided it was time to make her way back home. So Boucle and Coils will have to wait.

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild Charitable Donation Projects

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild Charitable Donation Projects

One of the things I really love about the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild (besides the fact that they're a bunch of fun loving fiber fans) is that they really care about others. This year we made Hats and Mittens for Preemies at Strong; Hats, Gloves,and Scarves for Veterans and Domestic Violence Victims; and last but not least Knitted Knockers for Breast Cancer Survivors (These were a lot of fun knitting in public :)

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild display at the Finger Lakes Fiber Fest

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild display at the Finger Lakes Fiber Fest

The Guild also had displays for our Pillow Exchange and Anniversary Fiber. For the pillow exchange each member exchanged 8oz of fiber, spun it up and then made a pillow for the person who donated the fiber. They all turned out so beautifully it was hard to chose who to vote for.

For GVHG's 30th Anniversary all the members recieved 2oz of BFL fiber in one of three colourways. We spun it up however we wanted and then returned them for display at the Fiber Fest. You can see them all hanging up in the top right photo. In the bottom photo is the one I spun and chain plied.

GVHG 30th Anniversary Fiber BFL Chain Plied

GVHG 30th Anniversary Fiber BFL Chain Plied

Here are some pictures of the Skein and Garment Competition.

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Skein and Garment Competition

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Skein and Garment Competition

I was so excited to find out that some of my entries won prizes.

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And of course no festival would be complete without shopping!

Finger Lakes Fiber Fest Haul

Finger Lakes Fiber Fest Haul

In back 8oz. of 19 micron merino from WinderWood Farm, 5oz of Finn

Front 1.5 oz of llama from Black North Fiber, souvenier cup and Greener Shades dyes from the Fuzzy Bunny. I had a great time, saw old friends and made some new, I can't wait 'til next year!