Wool, and Alpaca, and Cottolin


This is the weekend of SAFF, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, at the Ag Center in Asheville. It’s a much anticipated annual event dear to the hearts of anyone involved in fiber crafts. We wandered over there this morning, met with friends, gloried in such a gathering of fibers and fiber folk, then came home a bit lighter in the wallet but much richer in fiber opportunities. A pound of processed white Cormo wool roving, an entire alpaca fleece that should wash up to a beautiful creamy color and will become many skeins of yarn, and half a dozen cones of a cotton/linen blend that is destined to become dish towels. All on a gloriously beautiful crispy cool day in Western North Carolina. Gary’s scheduled to arrive this evening for a week of drinking in the beauty of the mountains in their autumn finery.




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

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