On Saturday I was able to stop by the Winter Woolfest 2012 in Wamego, Kansas. It was definitely worth the two and a half hour drive up there because there was a great turnout! I was especially surprised by how many vendors there were, considering Kansas does not produce a whole lot of fiber.
The event was hosted at the Columbian Theatre on main street Wamego
right next to The Wicked Stitch, a wonderful LYS that actually stocks spinning wheels!
Not only was the festival filled with local fiber vendors and fiber enthusiasts, but they even had a variety of fantastic classes that were offered for free! I had planned on attending the one on speed knitting, but my family wanted to explore Wamego and I'm planning on going to squam this summer where Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will actually be teaching the method.
I did however buy a boatload of fiber before I left:
This is 100% undyed alpaca from the super nice people of Alpacas at Wildcat Hollow. Lisa gave me some of this fiber for my birthday and I loved spinning it so much that I had to buy more.
Some pretty 100% merino wool (yes I bought it just for the colors, just merino is not my favorite to spin with) that was actually not local. --> Thank you to Sara for identifying this as fiber from Frabjous Fibers!
Lastly, 100% mohair from Little Angora House on the Prairie. This was by far my best buy, not only was it at an amazing price, but the color and the quality is wonderful. I can hardly wait until I can start spinning it up.
Also, as tempting as it was, we refrained from following the yellow brick road.