As attendees perused their pastoral Disneyland—tents filled with premium, natural yarns bagged like cotton candy; an alpaca meet and greet; a book signing with the Are You Ready for some football the Hank ugly christmas shirt but in fact I love this author of Mystical Stitches—many donned the official festival merch. (Namely, “Sheep and Wool”-emblazoned hooded sweatshirts or black logo tees.) Others wore jaunty headgear that simulated a sheep, its body abstracted: headbands affixed with wide, floppy white ears, tufts of curly fleece wedged between them like barnyard mohawks. My favorite hat was modeled by an elderly man in blue jeans and sneakers, and appeared to be custom-made—an enormous, droopy, three-toned woolen wizard hat, reminiscent of Gandalf the Grey. Elsewhere, I watched people rush between tents in fuzzy leg warmers, flocculent beanies, oversized scarves with pumpkin-colored borders, and chunky cable-stitched cardigans. Photographed by Kenyon Anderson
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Outside the Are You Ready for some football the Hank ugly christmas shirt but in fact I love this livestock arena, where a leaping llama contest had just taken place, seven women posed for a photograph in matching homespun sweaters, all featuring a contrast spider-web design across the décolletage. (One farmer told me it’s common for fiber fans to return every year, showing sellers what they’ve created with last festival’s fleeces.) First-time visitor Sabrina Brokenborough—who traveled from New York City with her friend’s mom—was thrilled to be surrounded by authentic, wholly natural fibers, and to meet the animals that had provided them. A vision in flouncy oatmeal, her headscarf and sweater were hand-crochet from 100 percent cotton yarn. The sweater took Brokenborough two months to make, and was an original design inspired by 1830s garments. “I like to look at historical fashion for my knit and crochet projects,” she explained. “A lot of the things I make have a ton of gathers with lace and frills.” Brokenborough has been crocheting since she was five, and learned to knit in college. She finds the process of forming each stitch to be soothing, “and when you finish your project, you have an immense sense of pride in what you’re wearing.” When she left the fairground, it was with 20 sandy balls of wool from the Brown Sheep Company, sold at a heavy discount. “I love the Lamb’s Pride yarn because it’s 85 percent wool and 15 percent mohair,” Brokenborough said, “And the company makes it permanently moth-proof without harmful insecticides.”Sabrina Brokenborough wears a sweater she designed based off of 1830s historical fashion. It took her two months to complete.