It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to this show and its grown even more! The Wool Gathering is near Yellow Springs, Ohio and is held in middle September of each year. The show runs Saturday and Sunday and there are no classes due to space limitations. It is on the grounds of a dairy farm and vendors are set up under tents. WARNING: Picture heavy post.
I went with several friends and we got there right about the time it opened on Sunday at 10am. By noon it was crowded and hot (hot being almost 90 degrees in mid-September). We shopped, ate, then shopped some more. I had a couple items I was on the hunt for but otherwise wanted to spend time looking at yarns from vendors I hadn’t seen in a while.
The non-fibery stuff:
- Chocolate Cherry Lip Balm from Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium. This stuff is like dessert for your lips, minus any calories. Goes on smooth. Go check out her website for some amazing photography and cool products.
- For Feet Sake by BarMaids in the Peppermint Plus scent – This stuff is amazing for your feet, especially if your dry feet tear up your knee high hose (yes, I wear knee high hose with my dress shoes). I like that you apply it like a stick of deodorant, leaving your hands mess free.
- Lotion from Amazing Grace Farms – I love this stuff. It is by far my favorite lotion. No dyes and its very hypoallergenic. The proceeds go to support her animal rescue, which makes it all the better. Please check out her website and consider ordering. The peppermint and lavender are my two favorites. I bought one bottle of apple cider and have two more bottles of the peppermint cream coming to me via mail.
- Pattern for Rookwood by Mindy Wilkes. Ravelry pattern page is here.
One of my favorite vendors (of many favorites) at the show was Destination Yarns. I met the owner, Jeanne, at Stitches Midwest the first year I went and love her saturated dyeing. She also uses the most scrumptious yarn bases.
- (left side) Suitcase base (a worsted weight merino yarn that I swear feels like it cashmere in it) in the colorway Underneath the Christmas Tree
- (top) One skein each of her Note base in the Miracle and Stormy Skies colorways. This is aiming to be a two-color shawl such as Quicksilver or Blackbird.
- (right) A mini-skein set on the Postcard base in fall colors. It’s a merino yarn and each mini (there are eight) has 92 yards. This, and a solid, will become the Take It All shawl.
- You might also notice I got a couple bags, including a Game of Thrones themed drawstring and a Destination Yarn tote. I’ll just keep telling myself one can never have too many bags.
Long-time favorite dyer – Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic Yarns. She was really one of the first doing gradient yarns (as mini-skein sets) and I used to see her every year at The Fiber Event in Greencastle. She has a background in chemistry and has a very good eye for color.
- (upper left) Two skeins of her Kashmir yarn (merino/cashmere/nylon base) in Citron and Wicked Good. This bright of colors is wayyy outside of my norm, which was my goal. This is likely to become either the Cypri shawl or the Fallston shawl.
- (lower right) A mini-skein set on the Footnotes base in the colorway Fire and Ice and a full skein of Footnotes in the colorway Ft. Knox. I tried matching the mini-skein set with a gray but could not find a combo that made my heart sing. The gold one did though. This is for the On the Spice Market shawl.
A new to me dyer – Ewetopia, out of Wisconsin. The yarn base is called Pashm and is merino/cashmere/nylon and the colorway is Country Fair. Given the cashmere content this will become fingerless mitts.
A second new to me dyer – Betwitched Pigments. I’m a sucker for tonals and her’s have a lot of depth. I actually got an aran weight yarn (I know, not my norm) in the colorway Surprise! These are pretty springy and soft so I’m hoping they will make good legwarmers.
Last one, I promise. A third new to me dyer – The Fibre Art Studio at Yarns to Dye For. This was the last yarn I bought, even though I had been looking for a bright rainbow gradient with over 500 yards of yardage. The base is Fifty Shades of Gradient (funny pun) in the United colorway. This and some black will become my Lambton Panes shawl which I’ve been lusting over since Sarah of Yarn Geek Fibers finished hers.