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Goldings & Bosworths & Fiber, Oh MY!!!!!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

On Saturday, September 15th, Meagan, Marcus and I went to the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival in Hemlock, NY. This is a great fiber festival which has been going on for around thirteen years. This was our fourth time to go and we had a wonderful time! We left around 7:00 a.m. and arrived around 9:30 a.m. so we had plenty of time to purchase our tickets and check out the festival brochure before we bolted through the gate at 10:00.

Marcus had a hard time keeping up with us as we sprinted to the main building to see Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth of Journey Wheel fame. We love the Bosworth’s and had a nice time visiting for a few minutes before the rush of people came streaming in. I was trying to talk to Jonathan, but those spindles of his kept calling to me. So I had to go at least look at them and ended up buying a little pink ivory spindle with a tulipwood shaft. It was a need! I only have about twelve other Bosworth Spindles!

Isn’t it pretty! I love the shiny whorl and tulipwood is one of my favorites.

We then made our way over to Tom and Diane Golding‘s booth. What can I say about these fiber tools other than: I wants it, I wants it all!!!!! I SERIOUSLY want a Golding spinning wheel. I tried one out last year and it’s been stuck in my mind ever since! I may start a little fund and squirrel some money away each month and see how much I can save. They have some beautiful, new spindles made from vintage ring materials and handmade whorls using mandalas from Napal. So pretty and so nice to spin with, of course! Here are the ones I purchased:

This one is silver-plated copper with walnut. See the little birds? It weighs .9 oz.

From left to right: Sterling silver with handcarved cherry whorl – .8 oz., Nepalese Mandala Tibetan Silver whorl – .9 oz., Mother of Pearl with handcarved linden whorl and painted tropical fish – 1.1 oz.

I have several other Golding spindles and love each of them. They spin so evenly and so long. They are a joy to use. Here is a skein of yarn that I just finished spindle spinning and plying using them:

It weighs 2 oz. and has about 195 yards, which is just the size yarn I was hoping for. I have 8 oz. of this roving and want to make socks or perhaps a lace scarf or shawl with it. I should end up with about 800 yards. It hasn’t been washed yet, so it looks a little wonky!

We saw alpaca, llama, sheep, oxen, BIG horses and bunnies. We ate belgium waffles with fresh strawberries and warm maple syrup, apple sausage and bratwurst sandwiches, french fries, maple cotton candy and fried dough. We bought silk caps, angora/wool, wool/silk and just plain wool fiber. We also bought some fibery gifts for our spinning guild’s Christmas party. This little guy came home with me to hold my stitch markers on my desk. I think he is an egg cup of some sort.

The fiber festival was really fun and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for lots of fun and fiber!