The first ever Salida Fiber Art Festival is next weekend. September 8 and 9, 2012. I have to have all my things ready to put in the booth on Friday, September 7. My sister is coming in to Colorado Springs tomorrow night and it will be her first time in Colorado. She is also bringing her daughter, Isadora, who is 5 months old and flying for the first time. First time for both in extreme altitude, first time for these two city girls to be out in the backwoods of the mountains, so very many firsts in the next week or two!!!
I decided to specialize in Lincoln Long Wool Locks in small quantities for spinners and felters and hand painted and hand dyed yarns this year. Our guild has a double fiber booth so many members are putting things in the booth for sale. I may consider doing a booth on my own in the future but I would have to buy the tent, sand bags, set up the tables and be there for the entire fiber festival which at this time I just can not manage with my health. There is no reason I can’t participate in my guild’s booth because if all the members did their own booth, our Guild booth would be rather empty.
I have hand painted Lincoln Locks, solar dyed Lincoln locks, natural colored or white lightly washed Lincoln Locks, and some of the white Lincoln locks raw. There will be much to choose from. The dyeing of the Lincoln Long Wool Locks is already done.
I have 36 200 yd skeins of 60/40 Merino/Mohair 2 ply lace weight yarn. This fiber was grown here on Alba Ranch and I had the mill blend the two fibers into this yarn. Merino wool came from White Mama and the other crazy white merino. And the Mohair came from Michelle, Lucy, and Sammi. That is a grandmother, mother and wether Angora Goat Family.
I also have 21 200 yd skeins of 2 ply spider lace weight (28 WPI) skeins of pure Angora Rabbit yarn as well. All 57 of these skeins I am hand painting today.
I have those skeins plus 6 other skeins already dyed to make 63 skeins of yarn. I will have 40-50 individual bags of Lincoln Long wool locks. I have to tag and price every single one by Friday. I think my sister will be pressed into hard labor to help finish these!! haha
Any of the yarns and locks that I do not sell in the Fiber Festival, I will upload to the Alba Ranch Shop Online as I haven’t added any new products recently. I have been too busy creating to do computer work. I am off now to the dye pot or I will never finish today. Blog writing is NOT getting any dyeing done!!