Today's fiber diversion was a trip to the 4th Annual Ann Arbor Fiber Festival. I was up and out early, arriving at Harriet's house at 7:45 AM. From there we picked up Diane and we were on our way. We made such good time that we stopped at McDonald's for a beverage before hitting the show.
There were more vendors than last year so this year they occupied 3 of the pole barn buildings at the fairgrounds. There are was a gun show at the fairgrounds but fortunately they were located in a building far, far away from us. We were early enough that there were no crowds for about an hour. When we walked in we were greeted by:
We spent a total of 4 1/2 hours there. I know -- what could we possibly find to do for that long??? Oh plenty.
The amazing and kind Suzanne Higgs of Hooked on Felt fame, showed a shopper how to wear one of her wonderful nuno felted wraps:
Even Harriet tried on a lovely piece:
We passed by a wet felted purse workshop:
Listened to the alpaca farm owner explain how he raises these beautiful alpaca:
We spotted this soft angora rabbit who kept trying to escape his Rubbermaid tote:
And saw this stoic alpaca who was a bit standoffish:
Here's Harriet, Diane and me, resting outside the main entrance:
And now for my big purchases of the day. My favorite item is this squirrel cage. Perched on top are the BSKG traveling sheep:
If you want info on this swift let me know. And yes, I've already used it to turn a hank into a center pull ball. I just clamped the winder to the top and voila! I'm lovin' it.
I found this glittery stuff to use on a nuno felting project, whenever that is:
And finally some yellow-orange roving to use to make a needle felted sunflower for a hat I sold to a customer at the Charlevoix Apple Festival:
So see, I really didn't get a lot.
Oh, almost forgot something. People are really kind. Diane offered to help me find a job at her company. Suzanne Higgs reminded me that things would get better. A complete stranger asked if she could give me a hug when she overheard my 'work' conversation with Suzanne. Rita Petteys of Yarn Hollow gave me 8 ceramic buttons to use on my hats and bags:
Such a fun way to spend the day. Tomorrow will be spent getting my house