Local Fiber Treasures

It’s been a personal goal to obtain some fiber from farms here in central Pennsylvania.  I spent the day as a merchant at an all-day “I HEART KNITTING” fiber show/sale that was organized by the Centre County Knitters’ Guild and held, in wonderfully-typical central PA style, at the Boalsburg Fire Hall.  In one room, folks demonstrated carding, spinning, weaving and knitting; in the other room were about a dozen various fiber merchants.  Among the wares I found some local fiber: lovely Icelandic roving in beautiful colors from Tamarack Sheep Farm in Spring Mills;  incredibly soft alpaca fiber with a fine, lively crimp from Bald Eagle Valley Alpaca Ranch in Julian; and some alpaca roving (chartreuse! shades of lavender!)  that I bought from a Coal Township, PA merchant, Dunn Spun Yarn’s Laun Dunn, the woman who sheared and dyed the fiber.  It was so pleasant to be surrounded by fiber enthusiasts all day, and to have the opportunity to purchase fine-quality fibers directly from those who bring these fibers to market!  Heaven.

Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment