I went to the Mannings this weekend with Sarah, Coleen,Amie, Jolene and Cheryl. We had the best time!
We caravaned up to PA on Saturday morning after a yummy Panera breakfast. When we arrived - the festival was already in full swing.
There were stands with alpacas and llamas and sheep waiting to be sheared.
Aren't the alpacas cute! They were making a cute sound that was a cross between a baa and a moo.
Once we got over oogling the HUGE amounts of yarn in the shop
I headed over the spinning room. There were many many wheels there and of course - I tried them all.
Here's Amie spinning on one of my favorites - The Kromski Symphony.
No - I didn't come with a wheel. I thought about it.... but I think I still like the Majacraft that I tried at Nicol's better.
In another room - there were looms. Big looms, and small looms, everywhere!
In the loom rooms - there were also several other demostrations going on. One stand had all kinds of needle felting techniques. I thought this idea of using a cookie cutter to determine the shape was brillant.
Outside they had several stands set up demonstrating dying and spinning and this one on spinning flax into Gold! (Well - gold colored yarn...)
This guy is demonstrating how the flax is combed before the spinning process can begin.
After a yummy lunch at a local diner - and a stop at Rita's for a gelati - we headed home.
On the way home I made everyone stop at this Homestead. (Well I was driving - so no one had a choice!)
They had this amazing water wheel that actually worked!
There was a wedding going on - so I didn't stray far from the car - but I did spy a blacksmith working.
It was a great day!