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Sheep and Wool Here I Come (Part 1)


After a two year hiatus the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is returning the first weekend of May. Thanks to the many, many volunteers who are making this happen. This will be the first yarn festival I have been to since May of 2019 and I can't wait! Tickets were ordered (they are a modest $5) the day they became available and it is now time to start planning what I want to checkout.


Or put another way, what tales will I uncover as I wander the grounds and barns of the Howard County Fairgrounds? The festival organizers have a wonderful list of vendors, most with links. Additionally, the festival website vendors who are new and/or from Maryland. I admit to spending some downtime clicking through and thought I would share a couple of the many that I am looking forward to.


A vendor new to me is Lana Plantae from Maine. Their naturally dyed yarn colors look amazing and I've seen some beautiful color work patterns that use it. I may buy a couple of skeins to reknit a my Falling Leaves Hat and/or some mitts (the fingering skeins are a generous 500 yards). I will also be curious to see how it works in a steeked pattern.


I am also looking forward to visiting Kellbourne Woolens stand to see their Germantown yarn. If you, like me, are a knitter of a certain age you might remember the Germantown label on the yarns started out with. This is wool with history and I can't wait to squish it.


And lest you think it will be all about the yarn, I can assure there will be food. In particular, cheese. But more about that next week.





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