Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SVFF 2016

I was heading up the country early Sunday morning.

While The Mister was doing his intense football watching thing I took the day off from home improvement and went to the fair.

It was the first nice day we've had in ages. It was not sweater or wool sock weather but it was comfortable enough to be outside. Hallelujah.

 I browsed but was not tempted by the fleece sale. The shed is full as it was too hot to think about washing anything this summer.

 There was plenty of yarn to be tempted by.

 There are always lots of bunnies here. The couple walking out ahead of me had a bunny in a box that they had just purchased.

 Instead on one old camel, this year we got two young ones.

 There's not many sheep or goats to look at. This fest isn't about the livestock as much as it is about buying stuff.

 I love this vendor's set up. It's always too crowded to get close enough to see what's up.

 There were lots of baskets at this festival. You can't have enough of these.

 My first purchase was some fiber. BFL and mulberry silk to be exact. Someone just gifted me a pattern-more about that on a later post-but this is the fiber I will spin for it. I bought it from Fiber-ing at Callaluna Farms Studios. I almost had a breakdown trying to decide on a colorway, they were all so gorgeous.

 You knew I had to go back and get one of those baskets. My second purchase was this itty bitty one that matches my big one. I picked it up from Twin Birch Products who had the best prices.

 I walked my legs off looking for sock yarn. My rule is that I can't buy from the same vendors that I bought from last year and I'm running out of new sock yarn vendors. This is a kinky superwash Merino sock yarn from Unplanned Peacock in the Canyonlands colorway.

On the way home I stopped at my favorite farm stand.

 They usually have the best apples and produce you can find but it wasn't so this year. There was very little to choose from.

 There were plenty of nice pumpkins and yard doo dads but I wanted apples. Real apples.

I picked out three that seemed promising but they weren't. It must have been a tough summer for farmers. I know it was for me.


  1. It MUST have been a tough season for apples. I eat one almost every day for breakfast, and recently they have been awful!

    The festival looked like a lot of fun.

    Speaking of camels --- we now have one living down the road from us. I noticed him a few weeks ago at one of the small cattle ranches. He's kind of hidden off in a back pasture, but I recognized his BUS! It's GUS ON THE BUS camel from the Shriner's. He LIVES DOWN THE ROAD!!!! (Okay .... I am way too excited. But Gus is just so darn COOL!)

    1. Camels are cool. I feel the same way when I saw these.

  2. What a fun filled day! Do you read Teresa Kasner's blog? (If not she's on my sidebar.). She bought a basket almost identical to yours at the Fiber Festival outside of Portland, OR on Saturday!!! Thought maybe you guys wanted to be "twinsies". Ha!!! I loved seeing all of your pictures and enjoying the festival and farmstand.

  3. Our apples here are having the same problem. I think there was just too much heat and humidity this summer. (They make good apple crisp though).
    I've knit with Unplanned Peacocks Kinky Sock - it's very nice. I made Shleeves

  4. Love your parameters for purchasing! Love your sock yarn score. SO happy the weather let up so you could walk and enjoy

  5. Just the break you needed,eh? I'm going to have to check that festival out the next time I'm in the area. That's the one in Berryville, right? I'm always tempted by the bunnies. They're so fluffy and cute.

  6. I really enjoyed your blog post today! Funny as I had a very similar day on Saturday, getting a little basket and all. Fun times!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Lovely purchases!! The color of your sock yarn is great. And the basket I love. Our apple tree this year has produced much, much smaller apples. And, since we don't spray or use any chemicals, there are lots of spots/holes in said apples. I told my hubby that they were too small to bother making applesauce this year...way too labor intensive. Looks like you had a fun day though.

  8. I'm glad you had a day off and that it included yarn and fiber! You made some nice purchases and will enjoy them for months and months.
    (Our friends up north are apple farmers and it was tough throughout the NE for fruit farmers!)

  9. Sounds like a very fun day with some very stellar purchases. Can't wait to see that fleece spun up!

  10. It looks like it was a wonderful day, a nice day alone to just walk around and see wonderful things. Your yarn and basket are perfect. I have been buying honey crisp apples at a huge price, but I love the taste.