Here's an assortment of items made by members for donation to Safe Horizons.
There are also many sources for patterns at your local yarn store (Naked Sheep), online, at yarn company websites (Lion Brand; Red Heart; Spinrite, Caron, Patons, Lily, Bernat; Love Knitting; KnitPicks; on Ravelry..... and Many more. Just Google it and see what you find!
Here is a link to a knit watch cap
Here is a link to knit mittens
Link to fiber festivals: http://fiddleheadfibers.com/festivals/FestivalRegion.html
Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase, Germantown, NY
Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association, Inc.
SHEEP, WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL
Garden State Sheep Breeders
A non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in NJ
Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair
at Hallockville Museum Farm, held in early May, check their website for dates.
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven.
Usually held the 1st weekend in May, check website for exact dates.
Always ask guild members first... they may have or know of someone who wants to sell something.
It is always best to test out a loom BEFORE you buy. Looms are not one-size-fits-all. Some looms may be ergonomically TOO BIG.
Buy a loom that fits your needs. Large looms are available but are hard to sell, especially in areas where living space is a premium.
These PDF files for for download and distribution. The have our website and social media links and a brief description of who we are.
Every year we volunteer at the Sheep Shearing at the Staten Island Zoo. Some members get fleece... which of course needs to be cleaned.
A few Pointers:
As per suggestion in our "Skirting" post.... we recommend that you send your fleece to a professional service to get it cleaned.
But if you feel the need to do it yourself, do some research before you start so you don't end up with a felted mess!
Search for "how to clean a fleece"
here's a couple good tutorials: