Festival Season Begins: Abernethy Grange Sale

My fellow fiber nerds: are you a member of Ravelry?  If the answer is anything other than yes, I’ll be surprised, but I thought I’d start with that.  If you’re a knitter, spinner, crocheter, weaver – you should be.  Not only is Ravelry a fantastic source for patterns, it’s an even better source for information.  Whether you’re looking for a project for a single skein of something special, trying to figure out if a sweater will work in bamboo yarn, or needing tips on the best way to spin cashmere, somebody on Ravelry knows, and will be happy to tell you about it.

A bag of black raw fleeceIf you’ve been on Ravelry for any length of time, you’ve probably found the forums. What you may not have found is the forum(s) for your area.  Go look.  They probably exist.  If you’re in a decent-sized town, there are probably more than one.  Your LYS may have one.  Join them.  Check on them regularly.

The reason I’m mentioning this is that on the Portland Metro Area Ravelers board yesterday, someone mentioned  that the Abernethy Grange Sale was today.  “What is this sale of which you speak?” I asked, clicking the link.  The Abernethy Grange Sale, also known as the Spring Fiber Sale, advertised local fleece and fiber.  Well, you had me at “fleece,” so off I went to investigate.

I’ve been thinking about bringing home a fleece, both because I want to try processing and because I was thinking about spinning for a larger project.  A sweater, or maybe a large shawl.  Theoretically, at least.

Meet Runt.  Runt is a Corriedale cross lamb, and produced a little over two pounds of fleece.  Isn’t he adorable? I knew when I first touched him that he had to be mine. (I don’t actually know if Runt is a ram lamb or a ewe lamb, but he feels like a male fleece.)

Runt will give me a chance to play with a fleece from the ground up and determine if it’s my cup of tea.  I’m excited!  Also, I think it smells good and I love the lanolin-y feel of raw fleece.  Does this make me weird?  (I don’t have a problem with being weird, I just wonder if I’m alone in this.)

Aside from Runt, I picked up four ounces of a Shetland/Merino blend in a gorgeous deep purple from Spor Farm; an ounce of white Wensleydale locks, two ounces of blue kid mohair locks, and an ounce of purple Teeswater locks, all from Art by Eve; and a beautiful walnut swift made by Carl Herndon of Spindles and Fiber.

This was a great little show, and I fully intend to go back next year to see what fiber is up for grabs.  (Next year’s is Saturday, March 16th, 2013.)

While I was walking around, I realized that I wasn’t looking at the yarn, just the fiber, and mostly the natural fibers. (I spent an hour looking at natural fibers and half of what I bought was dyed. The colors were just that amazing.)  Jack thinks that I’m still sort of yarn-ed out from the Yarn Crawl, which is probably true.  I was also in a spinning mindset.  Maybe in a little while I’ll consider myself a spinner, rather than a knitter who spins.  In the meantime, enjoy the pictures, and remember to check out your local Ravelry boards. You never know what you’re going to find!

Shetland/Merino batt

Kid Mohair

Teeswater locks


~ by Amber on March 17, 2012.

One Response to “Festival Season Begins: Abernethy Grange Sale”

  1. This is an EXCELLENT haul–that fleece is going to be perfect for experimentation. Try washing some, spin some in the grease, and take a moment to look at the whole thing unrolled (in your yard or on a sheet on the floor–don’t do it on your rug or something) and see how the different parts of the animal produce different textures and such. Have fun with it! OH and try dyeing some, too–blue and green will probably produce some interesting effects when seen in the sunlight. 🙂

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