This past Sunday, (Feb 4th) my mum and I took a trip into Toronto to checkout Landmade. It is the second year it's running and its like a farmers market for sheep and alpaca farmers. They come from around southern Ontario to Toronto and get to talk about their animals with people that will appreciate the yarns, fibers and products that they sell.
It's run by the Upper Canada Fibreshead a non profit whose goal is to develop sustainable production of fiber and of its derivatives, like roving, yarn, cloth and clothes within a 250 km range from Toronto.
I went last year with my mum since we are both spinners, she more than me, and got some stuff, like the fiber that goes into my cactus. I used the extra that didn't make it into yarn my mom had spun from the fleece of a sheep named Zoe.
This year I was shopping for my Fibershare partner, which is a fiber and yarn based international swap. So I was planning on only getting stuff for her but couldn't resist and got things for me too.
So this is my haul!
3-Ply Yarn by All Sorts Acre Farm
This yarn is a three ply combination of Finn, Gotland and Blue Face Leicester sheep fiber. It's overdyed (this means dyed over a fleece that has tone already) with Indigo by the farmer. That's how there's such a pretty combination of green with flecks of blue and yellow. The colors are lovely and the yarn is so soft and bouncy.
Roving Braid by Linc Farm
This is my second purchase. I found the contrasts between the two yarns amazing and I couldn't help myself. Rambouillet is a lovely fiber to spin and I'm excited to spin it up. From a distance it looks like it was black but it's actually a very pretty dark chocolate brown.
Merino / Blue Face Leicester Fiber by Rampart Farm
This is a huge fiber batt! I found the color so pretty and it felt so nice. The farmer has a sample of how the fiber spins and knits up and it looks amazing. I am really excited to play with this. Merino and BFL are lovely to spin and they are a good beginner fiber.
That's a wrap. I wasn't planning on getting anything for myself but there were so many pretty and soft things. I'm also supporting local farmers so it's not the worst way to spend my cash. I am really happy with what I got and I'm looking forward to working them. Let me know if you're interested in updates on future projects I'll make with these purchases.