The Kutztown Folk Festival 2013

Last year I went to the Kutztown Folk Festival with Joan, and I went back this year today!  It was a nice way to spend the Fourth of July.  My DH came along, too, which surprised me.  He mostly came for the food, and that’s fine!  There”s a lot of good food there.  It was mostly the same stuff as last year, but it was nice to revisit the vendors that I enjoyed then, though. 

I didn’t take The Beast (my DSLR camera), but rather just my point and shoot.  It was too hot to lug a big camera around, plus I figured it would be the same pictures again.  Still, here are a few shots of the day.

 Naturally dyed wool.  I love this yarn, but it was really expensive, so I passed.
 Freshly made hand-cut potato chips.  My DH and split them and they were delicious!
 There was a petting zoo again!  I think the goats are my favorite.
I guess the straw inside the pen wasn’t good enough for these three freshly sheared sheep.
 
 This kid was absolutely too cute not to take a photo of.

Ah!  Now for my purchases.  I bought some roving and yarn from the same vendor as last year.  The stand is owned by two women who work as a cooperative.  The roving is from Karakul sheep from The Wool Garden.  The yarn (I have a thing for black and pink lately for some reason) is from The Wool Garden as well.

The Kutztown Folk Festival runs until July 7, 2013.  If you are in the area or in eastern PA, I suggest you check it out.

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The Kutztown Folk Festival

Living in the heart of PA Dutch country has some benefits.  Besides our starchy foods, funny “Dutchy” sayings, and farming culture, southeast Pennsylvania has a great crafting heritage.  At the heart of the heritage is the Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown, PA.  The festival itself started on June 30, when I went, and runs to July 8.  If you live in the area or can travel there, GO. 

My friend Joan works for a public access television station and received free tickets to the festival.  Knowing I’m a sucker for crafts, she invited me along.  I gladly accepted. 

This is a huge festival.  There are tents and buildings full of artisans and crafters.  There is a ton of PA German food and drink to be found, my favorite being red cream soda.  The festival is full of demonstrations, activities for kids, and many beautiful things for sale. 

 
Having a German degree that I do absolutely nothing with, it was interesting to look at all the signs written in Pennsylvania German, which is its own dialect.  It was fun, in a nerdy, linguistic sort of way. 
Anyway, Joan and I got to the festival and she introduced me to a few craftsmen that she knows.  It was nice getting to talk to others about what they do, shows, and to view their work.  Connections and networking, people!
Included here I have a few photos of some of the wares and workers at the festival.  One booth caught my eye.  Three guesses as to what they featured and the first two don’t count.  Ok, I’ll tell you…..YARN! 

The yarn booth had beautiful handknit items there.  Gorgeous, yet accessible.  They also sold hand-dyed and handspun yarn (a bunch of local 4H-er’s were there spinning), as well kits for you to knit.  One such kit was a needle felting kit, which I looked at with a little interest, at which at that point, the needle felting artisan there swept down on me and talked to me about the joys of needle felting.  I looked at the needle felted stuff there and how it was used to decorate and embellish knitted item. I told her I’d think about it.  I thought about it, and bought a kit as before we left.

Again, go to this festival if you have the chance.  Below are some links for you, including more photos of the festival itself.

My Flickr Photoset

Crafting Overload Weekend

I say that like it’s a bad thing, but it really isn’t. 

I had a busy crafting weekend, and I’m going to tell you all about it throughout the week.  Ok, I’ll tell you a little bit. 

On Saturday, I found myself awake at 4am.  I tried to fall back asleep for an hour, but got up round 5am, and went downstairs.  Sleep wasn’t happening.  I popped on the TV to BBCA, hunkered down with my needles and started on a sleeve to a sweater.  I got a lot done that morning.  Then, it was off with Joan to the Kutztown Folk Festival (which if you are in or near Berks County, PA….GO), which I will tell you all about either tomorrow or Tuesday.  Oh, and I picked up a new craft on Saturday, too, also influenced by the festival.

With that being said, exciting stuff in on the horizon.  And to my Canadian neighbors, Happy Canada Day!