Kid n Ewe and Lamas Too is a fiber arts festival that takes place every fall in Boerne, TX. That's pronounced "Bernie" by the way, a town in the Hill Country about 25 miles northwest of San Antonio. It takes up three county fair buildings, and for someone who is used to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, it is a calm delight. Some of my favorite festival vendors are there -- Brooks Farm Yarn, anyone? -- and it is easy going and easy to talk to the spinners, dyers, weavers and felters who have booths there. I still have most of the spinning fiber I bought in the spring at the Yellow Rose Fiber Festival (Yes, we now have two in this area), and just bought some more yarn from Webs, and so was surprisingly restrained. I thought I might buy some more yarn from Brooks Farm Yarn, but resisted.
I did buy this gorgeous stuff:
This is a skein of BuenaSuerte Charm, 410 yards of fingering weight yarn, 50% merino and 50% tencel. Though Emily (the dyer of this gorgeous stuff) says she actually does machine wash the socks she made from it, mine is going to be a scarf.
Can you believe that is the only yarn I bought? I bought a few other small things, including what I need for an online class I am taking at Craftsy on making tapestry-based jewelry. I also found the booth of a tapestry weaver based in Oklahoma, who is importing tapestry yarn from Australia. And I saw the folks working at the fleece to shawl competition, spinning lama fiber into yarn, which they then handed off to weavers who completed a shawl.
One hindrance to buying yarn today: it is a gorgeous, sunny 81 degrees out today. Hard to imagine wearing alpaca from local Texas farmers, or mohair -- lots and lots of mohair and alpaca at Kid n Ewe. I don't miss winter, but a little bit of fall would be nice. The average temperature for San Antonio in November is about 10 degrees cooler than that. My one experience with fall has been the whomping willow live oak tree in the front yard that pelts me and my car with the hardest acorns in the world. My front yard crunches when I walk out there and the damn things hurt when they hit. That tree doesn't drop them, it throws them. Really.
PS. I forgot a very cute interesting little thing-y I bought at Kid n Ewe. It is a "needle book." See?
It is about the size of the touchpad on my laptop, as you can see. It is made of fabric. When you unsnap it and open it:
There are two "pages" made of, hmm, felt, I think. Perfect for storing the specialty needles I always buy and then lose forever. Very cute, very creative, and very useful.