Despite the rain, I made it to the 4th Annual Fiber in the Park in Earlville, Illinois today. (http://www.fiberinthepark.com/) It is so rewarding to talk to the local fiber farmers and feel the luxurious wools, raw wool and rovings. I bought a hand-crafted WPI (wraps per inch) tool made by a gentleman who makes guitars and ukuleles for a living. I also spoke a long time to an American Cormo sheep farmer from Clearview Farm in Waterman, IL, who generously allowed me to take a sample of raw wool (full of lanolin -- I LOVE it!) and also a small hank of 100% cormo wool (so soft, it's unbelievable!) She tried very hard to win me over to the knit crowd, but I'm a crochet girl, through and through. (Sorry, Sharon!)
I only wish I had a little more money, there was a beautiful (chestnut brown) pygora wool blend yarn that was silky soft that I would have loved for a hat. But I just couldn't justify $50 for a hat for myself.
Shellie DunnSomonauk, ILhttp://4evercrochet.blogspot.com