Friday, June 19, 2009
Knox Farm Fiber Festival 2009
Their Etsy site is HERE. Please visit them for some really nice items.
" SAVE THE DATE: Knox Farm Fiber Festival : 5th Year!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
10 am to 5 pm
Admission $4 over age 8
KNOX FARM STATE PARK
437 Buffalo Road East Aurora 14052
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: SPEND THE DAY WITH US
There will be demonstrations of:
Silk worms at work-making silken threads
Ornamental ironwork by a blacksmith
Antique sock knitting machines
Rug hooking-and a display of rugs
Tour the Park on the hay wagon.
Watch members of the Weavers Guild
of Buffalo, card, spin and weave a scarf from the fleece of the Park sheep Rita.
Buy a raffle ticket and if you win, the scarf is yours.
Tickets are $1 and are available at the festival.
Make & Take Children's crafts.
Meet the animals of Knox Farm: sheep, llama and goats; alpacas, angora goats and a miniature horse.
Angora goat shearing; Benny, Ma and Auntie Em
Watch demonstrations of spinning, use of the drop spindle, the great wheel and the flyer wheel.
The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo presents:
Basic knit and purl instruction for beginners.
Knitting Rx: bring your problem project and get
help from the experts.
Purchase pumpkins and gourds from the Park's garden;
Proceeds to benefit the animals.
Have lunch with us: Lunch vendors TBA "
Here is a bio from their website:
KnoxFarmFiber is the producer of hand-spun yarn made from the fleece of animals who live at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, New York. The yarn and other items, such as hats and scaves knitted from the yarn, plus Beginners Knitting Kits plus plain and dyed roving are for sale at the Gift Shop.
YOU CAN PURCHASE OUR YARN ONLINE AT www.knoxfarmfiber.etsy.com.
Sheep, llamas and goats are the fiber animals who live at Knox Farm State Park. Their fleece can be used to make a variety of yarns. The sheep are sheared once a year in the Spring. The llamas and goats are sheared more often. The fleece is washed, carded, handspun and then left its natural creamy color or dyed in an environmentaly sensitive process. All of the work is done by volunteers and by hand, much of it at the Park. Look for drying fleece set out in the sun on screens in the late Spring In the Fall you may find pots of dye-stuff simmering in a solar box.
We hope you like our yarn. If you have never worked with handspun before, you are in for a surprise. Handspun yarn differs from sheep-to-sheep and from spinner-to-spinner. Some of the fiber is left as its natural creamy color, and some is dyed. Some yarns are uneven. Some will be soft, others more coarse. You may even find bits of straw still in the yarn.
We wind our yarns into one or two ounce skeins or 28-30 yards per ounce. Most of the yarn is two-ply bulky weight and can be knit at a gauge of 3 stitches to 3.5 stitches to the inch.
You will find that no two skeins are the same
Please handwash our yarns gently in cool water. If you insist on soap, use a mild shampoo. Dry flat. Wind the skeins into loose balls before knitting and keep a large gauge so that the yarn will not be choked.
NOTE: Do not use our wool or yarn for felting projects. Our wool will not felt by hand, but SOME may felt with repeated agitation and hot water in a washing machine. Jill Sessa of Looped Back has great success with a front-loading machine.
We want you to be happy with our yarns! Please tell us what you think. E-mail Judith Bunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 716 480 0086.
I found this lovely artisan through the Buffalo Indie Show Site.