Finally Fiber Festival
I don't know that I've ever taken a picture of the Allegan county fairground gates, but I know someone else posted once that you had to love a festival where you were greeted by a giant chicken.
I brought my camera on Saturday, and although I swore I'd remember to take pictures, at the end of the day I realized I hadn't. And then on Sunday, after taking this picture before going through the gate, I suddenly remembered - CAMERA! - around 1:30 in the afternoon.
Although I seem to be in the internet minority on this one, I am really uncomfortable about taking pictures with people I don't know in them. But here is my one shot from the end of one of the vendor barns:
And because I promised Knitting Linguist I'd stop and say hi to Chris and Christy at Briar Rose, here is my one and only shot of a booth:Which, er, I managed to get without either Chris or Christy in it . . . oops!
I took pictures of fiber animals.
And more alpacas:(These were being offered carrots - I was too slow to get one with its head through the bars lipping carrots from someone.)
Sheep of many different breeds:
And sizes (same size pen, much smaller sheep):
Baby goats (born Saturday morning):
And as a surprise finish, on Sunday one of the members of the West Michigan Lace Group brought a whole box of rescued laces, many different pieces that she'd rescued from garage sales and antique stores, made in all different techniques. At one point, Galina Khmeleva came and had an enjoyable time looking through the box and commenting on the various pieces.
In that box was this!If that's not a Niebling design, I'll eat it! It was knitted with 8 repeats, and it looks like it was meant to have six. The asymmetry above the leaves and below the flower makes me wonder if there was a section like in Leberblumchen where you are supposed to repeat the part within the bold lines - maybe the knitter missed that?
And - our member gave this doily to me!
Tomorrow I plan to post more about the festival itself and some of the lovely things I bought there. Right now I need to return to that real life that I remembered was so interesting during my enforced break from the internet!