Y, my father and I caught a ferry to the little island quite early in the morning. A bit too early for some of us, but once we were on our way, things began to cheer up. The weather threatened rain, misty in some places, sunny in others. But the rain held off until we began our journey home.
The view from the boat:
Here is Y on the boat. Still a little bit sleepy, but enjoying herself I think.
Of course, the token WIP project, Monkey socks.
The fiber festival was on the same day as the Harry Potter Launch. Everywhere we went on the island, there were people talking about the book. There were even a few wizards walking around in full costume.
A creative fence:
Now, I must stop here and admit to you that large quantities of fiber, all in the same place, with people spinning, weaving, knitting, carding, &c. all in one place, made me a little crazy. So crazy that at this point in my adventure, I stopped talking photos. It's a shame really, as there were so many wonderful things to see. The flax demonstration ensnared me for quite some time. The wonderful sheep to shall spinners and weavers captured me in their web. And the shopping, ah yes, the shopping. So much shopping, and yet somehow I stayed under budget! Mostly because one of my first items was an unwashed, well skirted light grey Romney fleece (photos to come later).
I also purchased some silk from Treenway Silks:
Some hand carders:
And some Alpaca sheared from a saucy fellow called Pedro:
On the way home, we drove via Duncan and saw the home of the worlds largest hockey stick.
That's the best photo I could manage as we drove past, but if it's any comfort, most of my photos turned out like this (thank goodness for digital cameras).
You can almost make it out, the hockey stick and puck that is, if you squint.
For some reason I didn't buy any yarn. I think I was overwhelmed with the amount of work that all this fiber will take to turn into yarn level on knit. I wonder how many sweaters I can knit with seven pounds of wool?
What did I enjoy most? So many things, but two really stand out, first and foremost, day-tripping with friends and family. Second, the opportunity to purchase directly from the farmers that raised the animals.