Getting My Creative Mojo Back

by Kimberly Hickok

I’m not sure why but I’ve been in a bit of a knitting and crocheting slump for the last several months. This time of year I’m usually busy knitting or crocheting hats, fingerless gloves, an afghan or something made of yarn.

So when my friend Hilary asked if I wanted to go to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, I said ‘YES!’.

Our ticket

Our ticket

Oh my goodness. There was stall after stall of yarn and fiber crafters. There were barns full of sheep, goats, alpacas and more. Not to be missed are the sheepherding exhibits, judging and shearing exhibits. You can also sign up for one of the many workshops.

Just about everyone there was wearing something they made. I never saw so many well-made sweaters, hats, scarves, skirts, socks, coats and tote bags in one place. I have to say that was the thing that inspired me the most.

I ended up chatting with four women who drove up from Virginia. They were in their late 20s/early 30s and get together every week to knit and chat. Each of them was wearing a sweater that they made *and that fit them perfectly*. Each was wearing a Rhinebeck sweater – so named for the town where the festival is held every year. You can see all the designs here.

Briar Rose Sweater - Wool Fest 2014

Briar Rose Sweater

Briar Rose - Wool Fest 2014

Briar Rose was my favorite. Lots of great patterns and beautiful yarn. This Brick Road blanket is something I could use to eat up my stash - but we all know that I will buy new yarn to make this. Ha!

Briar Rose was my favorite. Lots of great patterns and beautiful yarn. This Brick Road blanket is something I could use to eat up my stash – but we all know that I will buy new yarn to make this. Ha!

I usually make things for other people but I think I’m gonna go for it and make myself a sweater. I’m inspired!

Here are some other sights and scenes from festival.

Judging sheep

Judging sheep

Spinning - Native American Style

Spinning – Native American Style

Yarn made from dog hair??? I think I'll pass. (PS - I wonder what it smells like when it gets wet?)

Yarn made from dog hair??? I think I’ll pass. (PS – I wonder what it smells like when it gets wet?)

Shorn Sheep

Shorn Sheep

So my mojo is back! I’ve decided to make boot cuffs to give away this season.
So far these are my favorite –


I’ll keep you posted . . .

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