Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, report & loot

Batt with sari silk

Batt with sari silk

Batt with sparkly stuff

Batt with sparklies — I bought these two batts on two different days, from two different vendors, but they're remarkably similar. I think they're destined to be plyed together, oui?

4 ounces Polwarth combed top

I bought this because Polwarth is a fiber I've been wanting to try.


I'm spinning BFL for the first time now, and I'm loving it. When I saw this colorway, in BFL, I was in love.

When I found out about Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival [via Ravelry], I was thrilled because I’ve never been able to attend a full-blown fiber festival — all the big ones are airplane rides away, and even in terms of small ones, the closest I’d previously unearthed was 8+ hours away. Iowa Sheep and Wool is only 4.5 or 5 hours away, awesome! 😀

I floated the idea to Mom that she attend with me, but at first I thought it wouldn’t work. She lives a couple states further away, and it’s turning out to be a crazy summer. Right up until the day before, it wasn’t definite whether we were going or not. But we were both getting excited, and I’m thrilled to say it worked out.

We drove over Saturday morning and went straight to the fairgrounds, where the event is held. We looked around, walked through the hall of breeds, the fleece show and silent auction and the vendor area. A few things grabbed me, but the sun and mugginess left me spent in a few hours, so we headed out to find our hotel and food.

Sunday morning we were up early, and after traversing mostly empty streets in a downpouring thunderstorm, we took a fiber dyeing class. I was thankful for the cooler air while we stood over steaming wool!

After our class, we hit the vendors again and then headed home. See what leaped into my hands? The fiber we dyed isn’t dry yet, so I’ll have to show you that another day.

Wool/nylon blend sock yarn singles

The blue here isn't as intense as I'd like, but hey. Side note: This is the only yarn I came home with.


17 responses to “Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, report & loot

  1. You’re the second person on my blogroll this week to be checking out wool – I guess it must be that time of year! The yarn you got is so pretty, I love the yellow.

  2. The blue is gorgeous – so vibrant and intense!

  3. Those are stunning! I love them. You’re so talented to be working on spinning your own yarn! I love my needle crafts, but I’m so not at that level! 🙂

  4. Beautiful colors! Was this in Des Moines?

    • It was in Adel, Iowa — so, this side of Des Moines. But we stayed in West Des Moines (well, actually, Clive) and were just 15-20 minutes from the festival.

  5. So beautiful! I wish I had some skill at knitting or sewing or things just as useful. My skills tend to be much less noteworthy 😉

  6. Love that yellow and blue yarn! I missed the MD Sheep and Wool festival this year. I just couldn’t justify spending money there, then going to NYC at the end of the month. 😦


  7. Lovely, lovely lovely.

  8. I’m kinda upset that I missed it – but I will try to go next year (I shouldn’t have any nieces scheduled for baptisms next year 😀 )

    What pretty batts! I can’t wait to see what you make of them.

    PS are we friends on Ravelry? lemme check

  9. It’s so beautiful, I’m a bit envious now! 😀

  10. That yarn is gorgeous! I’m not at all crafty, but I’d still love to run my fingers over it.

  11. I love the colours 🙂

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