Maryland Sheep and Wool is one of the high holy fiber shows. Spinners talk about it with a sigh in their voice. This is the first big show, the cracking open of the fiber season. Spinners, knitters and other fiber folk burst out of their winter cocoons and throw themselves on fiber, yarn and sheep with the glee of a 5 year old at a birthday party.
I have never been to Maryland Sheep and Wool, it coincides with a big publishing week in New York. My husband is always gone and I have kids still in school, so Maryland will have to wait.
Every year I pretend I’m going to Maryland, I scour the vendors and I make a shopping plan. It’s fun and no credit card is needed!
If I were going this year here are some of the things I’d check out:
The fleece sale. Yep, I’ve finally tripped and landed in the need for fleece. It’s going to be a dangerous spring and summer for my bank account.
Anyone selling sheep cheese. Another new desire. I’m reading and tasting all that I can.
The WooLee Winder booth. The have a new e-spinner, and I want to touch it.
The Bosworth Booth. I also have the itch for a new spindle.
Spunky Eclectic. For as many years as I ‘ve been spinning Amy’s fiber I only get it online. I’ve never seen it in the wild.
Into the Whirled. My stash of Cris’ fiber is dangerously low.
Cooperative Press. Shannon has released so many new books, I want to see them all.
Moving Mud. The have glass darning needles now and I might need a pair of new earrings.
The Ross Farm. My stash needs to be fed some rare breed roving.
That’s just a few, and it doesn’t count my favorite ways to find things to buy, other spinners. At any fiber show or sale my absolutely favorite thing is when I run across a spinning friend and I follow them on their show quest. That’s how I’ve found the best surprises.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com