This weekend our local 4-H program hosted its annual Fiber Fun Fest at the county fairgrounds. This small fiber arts fair holds a place very near and dear to my heart. It is where our daughter first had the chance to sit at a loom and work a shuttle. Twice during the event they host a sheep-shearing, and you can see that there are a lot of children watching the sheep get a hair cut!
Quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, sewing, lacemaking... it is all lovingly represented at this fair.
I was the guest of the kind folks from Brown Sheep Company, who always host a booth at the event, and I had a great time visiting with friends, old and new.
Inara spent more time with Phoebe, May, and Freddie than anyone else- she dressed and undressed each doll carefully, and checked to see how well Phoebe's clothes fit May, how well Freddie's clothes fit Phoebe, and so on and so forth. So much fun.
Declan was a wealth of knowledge about platypodes- it was neat to see how excited he was about the details in Eric's illustrations!
Ruby showed up looking very cozy in her red Phoebe's Sweater! It gives me such a happy feeling to see my patterns "in the wild" like this, especially when they are so well done.
Ruby's mother lined her sweater with this beautiful flannel. This is the first lined version of the sweater I have seen, and it was stunning!
Here is another girl named Ruby, who is a good friend of ours. She is also wearing her Phoebe's Sweater, also made by her mother, who happens to be one my test knitters, too. Here you see the beginning of a crocheted hat, the happy results of a crochet class she took at the fair.
It was a long and busy day for all of us, and little Elsa had the perfect place to take a nap! I had so much fun watching her doze off in the midst of all of the energy and excitement.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, vendors, teachers, children, and demonstrators for creating such a wonderful event!