Community, Patches' Pieces

Fiberfest

There are volumes written on what I don’t know about wool fiber and the process of turning fleece into yarn. Present was fiber from sheep, angora rabbits, and alpacas. Being a crafter that neither knits, crochets, or felts, I was dazzled by all the pretty yarns. There was an array of unprocessed wool fleece to completed wool garments with many examples of batts and yarn in between. Several booths featured someone spinning yarn as well as spinning wheels for sale. Outside the buildings was a petting zoo. In the youth building was a quilt show sponsored by the mini-makers.

Montana State University (MSU) representatives were available to evaluate wool quality.  They used an instrument imported from Australia. Accordingly, management recommendations are made based on the desired market.

The enthusiasm of the fiber crafters was very evident.  They find using the spinning wheel very relaxing. I enjoyed visiting with them. I am not a convert, YET. -Patches

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