The Fingerlakes Fiber Festival was my first festival of the fiber season. I got to see a lot of familiar faces and I stocked up on a variety of wools from unique sheep breeds including Hog Island Sheep, Icelandic Sheep, and Blue Face Leicester Sheep. Thanks Fingerlakes Woolen Mill, Trinity Farm, and High Bid Farm! I am now ready to spin for Spinzilla in October!
I also entered a skein of hand-spun alpaca fibers and received a ribbon and FLFF button. Even though I got “Best Spindled Skein,” I have a lot to improve on, especially with making my singles and plying consistent.
There were also a few fiber animals at the festival. I learned about the rarity of twin alpaca births. I’m guessing it’s because the alpacas are larger when they are born. In several sheep farms I’ve visited, it is very common for ewes (female sheep) to have twin lambs. I am always interested in learning about the probably of twin births since I have a twin.
I also learned how to spin on a support spindle. The support spindle is helpful for spinning with short fibers like angora, alpaca, and cotton. I’ve struggled a lot when I spin angora fibers on a regular drop spindle. The support spindle has beautiful wood craftsmanship by Jim from the Spinning Bunny.
I look forward to going to more fiber festivals in Fall 🙂