This list includes our vendors who are trying to stay in business, but don't have the internet connectivty to create a virtual booth this year. You can contact them from their listing info, and we hope you connect with them and their fine products.
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$5 Entry Ticket gets you access to all of them. They'll be using Zoom or Facebook LIVE to connect with you via your computer or smart phone or tablet. Just add their Live Virtual Booth sessions to your schedule, and you can wander in and out of booths during their open hours during the festival.
We've been selling at Rhinebeck for 30 years!
We work with our good friends the Wakemans tending the sheep throughout the year. In early summer, we join them to help shear the sheep. If the weather cooperates, and the sheep are dry, we gather as day breaks for a boat ride to the island, where we round up the flock, and our three local women shearers get to work. While they shear the flock, we skirt through the fleeces removing bits of brambles and seaweed, sort them into grades, and bundle them into large burlap sacks. All of the lambs fleeces are used exclusively in our Nash Island LAMB yarn, while the soft ewe fleeces go into our Nash Island LIGHT, MUCKLEMARL, and TIDE yarns. The longest, softest fleeces are wrapped in sheets and reserved for hand spinners. After a hard day’s work filled with laughter and good food, the sacks of newly shorn fleeces are hauled in lobster boats to the mainland.
Our Bye Brook Farm yarns are a collaboration with longtime family friend, and 3rd generation shepherdess, Michele Bye. She and her flock of Romney sheep call Aroostook County home, and we’re proud to offer skeins of rich, creamy white and warm, soft grey, in the natural shades of her exquisite flock.
At the mill we give the fleeces a second round of skirting before gently hand- washing the wool with biodegradable soap. The cleaned fibers are then hand-fed into a picker (first round of carding) to blend the flock’s fleeces together. The prepared wool is then sent to mills in Aroostook County and Vermont to be spun before returning to Starcroft for hand-dying, skeining and labeling.
With colors inspired by Downeast Maine’s natural coastal beauty, the finished yarns are kettle-dyed by hand in small batches. Our special technique creates subtle variations of color in each skein, where light and dark highlights of a single hue create beautiful shading in even the simplest knitting.
With each step, from fleece to skein, we strive to produce a unique, handcrafted Maine product that helps keep local fiber traditions, from the Coast to the County, alive and thriving.
In addition to crafting fine quality knitting / crochet project bags, they have all the tools you need for your next project, including needle keepers and yarn cozies. Made in the USA.