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Posted - 07/29/2002 :  4:47:24 PM  Show Profile Send Elsa a Private Message

Oh, you all missed out. I had a blast. Dixon is a small town really close to UC Davis. It was a smaller festival that
really reminded me of growing up in Sonoma and going
to all of their festivals. The food great and reasonably
priced. There were sheepdog demos,cooking demos, spinning
and weaving demos, Scottish Highland dancers, bagpipe
musicians, a 4 hour sheep to shawl competition (team of 6)
and of course the fiber festival vendors.

I went by myself so I had a chance to talk to everybody.
At lunch I plopped myself down by a couple of ladies that
using drop spindles. I was curious and asked a few questions
here and there. The next thing you know they are giving me
an impromptu lesson, and I'm making my first yarn! Next they
whip out their old spindles (they bought new ones that day)
and gave them to me with bits of wool and llama rovings. Just
gave them to me! They taught me so much that afternoon, I
feel very fortunate to have met them.

Of course I made a few purchases too. I bought more roving for my spindles from a woman from Santa Rosa (the Royal
Hare). I also met a lady from my area who raises goats for mohair and spins (Ferncrest Farms). I bought some fiber from her, and promised to visit her locally soon. She is going to introduce me to other fiber enthusiasts locally. My major score was my White Lies kit purchase. I met the infamous Joan McGowan and her husband. They had a lovely little booth set up. Her designs are even better in person folks! I saw the shaply tank top she gives out free on her web site, very nice.
I bought the kit to make the sweater called Laura ($48). Joan and her husband were so friendly, they insisted if I got stuck anywhere just to e-mail them for pattern support.

I'm going next year, hope to see ya there!


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Posted - 07/30/2002 :  07:08:59 AM  Show Profile Send Rebecca a Private Message

I'm glad you had a good time at the festival, it is so satisfying to spend time that way. It also sounded like if you were willing to join in and do stuff with other people you could and that's worth the time and $$ to get there again.

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Posted - 07/30/2002 :  07:41:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
what a wonderful sounding festival. Isn't spinnint fantastic. Plan on buying a wheel in about 10 weeks. (my fate )

I am so glad to hear how beautiful the White Lies designs are up close. I have admired Joan McGowan so much and one of these days I plan to try that tank top. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

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