Yarnivore, local edition

The greening of the yarn industry continues apace.  Spied over at the Knitter’s Review newsletter this week was a piece about Yarn CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture; scroll down to Socially Conscious Stashing).  Clara specifically mentions one such CSA operating in Michigan, Videnovich Farms.  Here’s their Etsy shop with yarn shares for sale – natural and plant-dyed (cosmos), how cool.  While the notion of a yarn CSA is intriguing, like sock clubs I cannot afford it without saving up.  Also, I would prefer to be able buy some samples first.

This is all good reason to attend one’s local fiber festival.  For me, it’s the Michigan Fiber Festival (you must click that link!  There’s a hilarious photo on the main page), about 2 to 2.5 hours away in Allegan, MI at the Allegan County Fairgrounds.  $5 to get in but bring a packed lunch–food offerings were glaringly lean.

Last year, Jenny and I made the trek and with my saved up cash, I eeked out two special purchases.  First was a GIANT hank of gorgeous mohair from Mohair in Motion of White Cloud, MI. Betty, the proprietor, dyes it all herself and she and her husband were helpful, delightful people.  Even more exciting was the alpaca blended sock yarn from Oak Meadow Alpaca Farm (Walkerton, IN) which comes in natural colors – I got a brown and a black, both skeins big enough to each knit a pair of socks.  Nancy, the proprietor, had the fiber milled as an experiment so I hope other people are as excited as I am about this and we will see it again next year.  I haven’t knit up either yet, such is life, but have ideas for both this winter, especially the alpaca.  I will have to take some pictures this weekend so we can all drool in technicolor.

  2 comments for “Yarnivore, local edition

  1. Charlotte Mayhew
    December 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    The CSA fiber thing is very appealing…but it’s a commitment I can’t afford either. I’ve got a few balls of roving from the Chelsea Fleece Fair with the name of the sheep on them. That’s pretty cool! Now, if only Ann Arbor would pass an ordinance allowing sheep (and not just chickens), we wouldn’t have to mow the lawn again! 🙂

  2. December 20, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I haven’t forgotten lunch–or rather, lack of lunch–at the fiber festival. Definitely packing next time. I’m working on spinning up that camel-silk blend I bought when we were there–I’m finding silk a little tough to work with but I’m loving the yarn.

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