I thought you might like a report on the Festival. This year it was the most people I have ever seen there and I have been going for years. I hope this is a sign the recession is ending?
For years I have been a fan of Wensleydale yarn because it has a sheen and luster that looks like a wool/silk or mohair blend but it is 100% wool. This is because the Wensleydale sheep fibers are very long. The sheelp look Rastifarian! This wool has been expensive because the herd was small and only in England. Well I found the Wensleydale sheep there in the barns and breeders from West Virginia have a 60 sheep herd. The breeders told me that there are now about 400 sheep total in the U.S. and that will mean hopefully the price and abundance of this yarn will get better.
I was able to get 6skeins from the breeder for $18/250yds and the color is natural undyed a brown with highlights and soft as all. So now I have 1500yds enough to do a large project or something with cables. I have in mind a jacket with cables and pockets or a fancy stitch design. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm sure if I pour over all my pattern books I will find somehting. Not sure of the gauge right now I haven't had time to knit it up but I am thinking it is DK weight.
If anyone is interested in having the details on the breeders to get some of this yarn I will be happy to post.