October 24, 2009

The Opposite of Plastic

Last weekend we went to the fabulous Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, where we got to see an alpaca and llama parade, and where these ladies were spinning fiber roving into woolen yarn, and warping and wefting their way into gorgeous textiles.  It was our third annual trip to the festival, and as always, I am so impressed by the way the people there know how to take a bag of curly, freshly shorn fleece and literally spin it into a soft and fabulous sweater.  It's like magic.  Anyway, I left with a bag of thick lopi yarn, spun in a traditional Icelandic fashion, which I can't wait to work into something cool.  We left without buying an alpaca farm, or even a spinning wheel or loom, but there's always next year!