Yesterday Mr. QuiteAYarn and I went back out to Palmer, AK – site of the famous Musk Ox Farm – to attend this year’s MatSu Fiber Fest.
We went to the inaugural fest last summer, so I was really looking forward to this year’s event, especially as the organizers were promising bigger and better things this year. And it was indeed somewhat bigger and better. Not crazy bigger, but there was definitely more going on. For one thing, it is being held both Saturday and Sunday this year, whereas last year it was a one-day event. For another, there were a few more booths this year, and definitely more shopportunities.
As always, sheep and goats were present and accounted for:
And as usual they were pretty good at evading the little girls trying desperately to pet them. There were also quite a few bunnies around. I didn’t get a picture of any of them though, because I was way too busy squeeing and petting them.
This year, in addition to the folks spinning and explaining various aspects of yarn production, there were also quite a few classes. Tablet weaving, yarn dying and needle felting were all on the schedule, as well as a sheep and a goat show and some wool judging. I didn’t do any of those things this year, just wandered around being nosy and buying yarn. And boy did I buy yarn!
I won’t bore you with the details, but this is part of my haul. I got one skein of hand dyed, and the rest is all handspun and dyed. All from local small producers, and definitely things I won’t see many other places, if any. All in all, it was a good time!