It is not as big as the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival in May, but the 90+ merchants and nice displays of fur bearing critters made it well worth the trip.
I was able to pick up a larger spindle (above left) which is perfect for the weight of wool I want to spin with the Icelandic top I bought from the Woolery this summer. The 2.75 inch Ashford I got at Pennsic does not rotate long enough for me to draft while spinning, which leaves me using the Park-and-Draft method (a real pain). The new, larger spindle is also an Ashford, purchased from Brush Creek Wool Works (one of my favorite vendors from this past Pennsic).
Next to the spindle is the diz I purchased from Spanish Peacock. I really wanted to buy a fancy, hand-crafted spindle, but I was so overwhelmed with the amount of, well, everything there that I could not focus.
I think the most exciting purchase though, was two bags of Icelandic roving. One in white and one in a silver/white blend that my boyfriend chose. The white will be spun and dyed for tablet weaving and my boyfriend says that he wants a tunic from the white/silver... which means I think I need to call them and see if they have more! The ladies from that booth - Blue Fields Farm - were very nice and I am hoping to get to the farm one day to check out the Icelandic sheep for myself.
They had very nice displays of Angora and Cashmere goats, and there were some other animals as well. I got to see Shetland sheep, bunnies, a camel and oh-my-god-too-cute alpacas. I think I need one!
I did not just buy fibre arts supplies though! One of the vendors carried my very favorite socks and I was able to snag another pair. You KNOW you want some ;-)