26th Annual Fall Fiber Festival - October 5 and 6, 2013

26th Annual Fall Fiber Festival – October 5 and 6, 2013

The Montpelier Fall Fiber Festival happened this past weekend at Montpelier Station … and it was a gorgeous (if a tad hot) weekend to pet the animals …
Champion cashmere goat kid (5 months old)

Champion cashmere goat kid (5 months old)


chat with fiber-loving folks …
Jane wearing Not-So- Plain-Jane shawl and one of her champion goats

Jane wearing Not-So- Plain-Jane shawl and one of her champion goats


and generally have a sensation time while eating Kira’s Crepes and cider donuts at Carpe Donuts … btw, Carpe sells Frodos – an amazing flavor blend with an ice cream sandwich made with one of the cider donuts … WOW! [A great finish to the apple, bacon, cheddar crepe I’d had for lunch … just sayin’]

I spent all day Sunday down there … helping in Jane’s Spring Gate Farm booth … and demonstrating/offering knitting help in the afternoon at the demo tent. It’s great to see folks who I only see at this festival (this is my 4th year going … so I’m building some great annual friendships.

One portion of the FFF that is really cool is the Skein/Garment Competition. Clotho’s Handspinners, a handspinning guild from Richmond, coordinates this competition, a competition that gathers entries from all over the state of Virginia and even beyond.

I entered three items in the hand-knit (with commercial yarn) division.

Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties

Kirsty’s Cap and Cuddly Booties


Colleen's Cover -- a lap blanket or sofa throw

Colleen’s Cover — a lap blanket or sofa throw


Nollag Seal (a Christmas cape)

Nollag Seal (a Christmas cape)

Guess what? I won a ribbon (and vendor-donated prize) for each!
2nd place ribbon in the accessories category for my Kirsty’s Cap and Cuddly Booties (please click the picture for a link to KSC Designs, the donator of the prize)

2nd Place ribbon - Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties.  The prize was a removable journal cover from KSC Designs

The prize was a removable journal cover from KSC Designs

1st place ribbon in the non-wearable category for my Colleen’s Cover

1st Place Ribbon - Handknit Non-wearable for Colleen's Cover.  Prize is a huge skein of handspun yarn in a lovely reddish-brown from Silverleaf Spinning (Louisa, VA)

1st Place Ribbon – Handknit Non-wearable for Colleen’s Cover. Prize is a huge skein of handspun yarn in a lovely reddish-brown from Silverleaf Spinning (Louisa, VA)


and

1st Place and Best in Division for my cabled Nollag Seal (Christmas Shawl in Gaelic); please click on the picture to see what other gorgeous items Mad Maggie Farms has available.

1st Place AND Best in Division ribbons for Nollage Seal.  Prize was a beautifully hand-felted wallhanging from Mad Maggie Farms

1st Place AND Best in Division ribbons for Nollage Seal. Prize was a beautifully hand-felted wallhanging from Mad Maggie Farms

Cool, huh?

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