Today some knitting buddies and I went to the Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival in, you guessed it, Waynesburg (PA). The first thing we saw were these guys, newly shorn. Alpacas are so cute, and very docile. Too bad I don’t have room in my backyard for an alpaca…
Then we headed into the first building to watch the sheep to shawl competition in full swing. They took chunks of wool that had earlier that morning been attached to a sheep, carded it, then passed it off to another woman who spun it. It was then woven on a loom into a shawl.
There were 2 other buildings with vendors selling yarn, spinning wheels and crafts. I think the 4 of us each bought something from this vendor, Annadele Alpacas.
Their booth was right in the center of the building, so no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t walk past without swooning over their yarns.
I ended up buying this gorgeous 50% alpaca / 50% nylon yarn. And it’s blue. It seems like all my impulse yarn purchases are blue. Anyway, I have no idea what to knit it into, but I just couldn’t resist. The vendor said knitting groups can tour their alpaca farm, visit with the alpacas, see how yarn is dyed, buy yarn and talk fiber. Sign me up! Hopefully our group can make a trip there. They’re located in Union City, PA.
It was hard to pull myself away from that booth, but eventually I did. We wandered over to the field where we watched a border collie named “Gail” round up some sheep and ducks.
Oh those poor ducks! They did not seem to enjoy being chased.
It was definitely a fun event, although much smaller than Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Now I’m really looking forward to a trip to the alpaca farm!