Maryland Sheep & Wool 2024 Preview

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2024 Preview

We are excited for Maryland Sheep & Wool 2024! Here's the rundown of what we're bringing to our booth, plus some handy festival tips.

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is held on the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, on May 4-5, 2024. The show is open from 8:30-6 on Saturday and 8:30-5 on Sunday. Our booth is at the back of the Main Exhibition Hall, booths B34-35. You can preview a list of vendors here.

We can't squeeze all our yarns into the booth, so we are bringing a lineup of our core favorites! We're packing up lots of Yowza and Yowza Minis, Yummy 2-Ply, Sojourn, Estrellita, Cupcake, Moonglow, and Laurel Falls.

Yowza is DK-weight superwash Merino wool in big, 560-yard, 8-oz skeins. We also have Yowza Minis in 200-yard skeins!

Yummy 2-Ply is our versatile fingering weight superwash Merino wool in 400-yard skeins. We have a wonderful rainbow of colorways to choose from.

Just one touch of Sojourn lets you know how special it is - it's 65% cashmere, 35% silk, and all luxury. These 200-yard skeins are unbelievably soft.

Add some sparkle to your knitting and crocheting with fingering weight Estrellita. It's superwash Merino wool plied together with a ribbon of silvery Lurex - keep reading to see how we're pairing Estrellita with Yummy 2-Ply below.

Cupcake is a worsted weight superwash wool yarn plied together with colorful acrylic tweed pops - little sprinkles for fun! 

Moonglow is our laceweight kid mohair and silk blend. These fibers are light, floaty, soft, and practically glow with color.

We are so excited to share Laurel Falls with you! It is a sport weight superwash Shaniko Merino yarn produced entirely in the United States, from the sheep, to the processing and milling, and finally to our dye studio. It is fantastic for sweaters and accessories.

Sets! We love putting colorways together for you and we'll have Gradient Sets and Shawl Sets for Slowly Drifting, Beachy Keen, Artus, and more. 

NEW! We are thrilled to introduce Laurel Falls Gradient Sets, debuting at Maryland Sheep & Wool this year. A lot like our regular Gradient Sets, each Laurel Falls Gradient Set will include 6 colorways in 150-yard mini skeins.

Show colorways! We are dyeing up not one but TWO show colorways for you this year. They're always a surprise until Saturday morning, so we encourage you to come by and check them out!

The Miss Babs crew is busy knitting along on their Dutch Tulips projects - with one skein of Yummy 2-Ply and one variegated skein of sparkly Estrellita, it's a fun project with easy slipped stitch colorwork. We'll be showing these off at the festival!

We will also have our favorite project bags and lots of samples to inspire you.

If you can't make it to the festival, we've got you covered with some online specials for the weekend - be sure you're signed up for our email newsletter to learn all about the specials. 

Tips for big fiber festivals:

  • Review the "What's New" page for Maryland Sheep & Wool for this year's admission fees, new guests, and more. 
  • There is a lot to see and do - not just shopping! There are free demonstrations in fiber arts techniques; you can stroll through the livestock barns and learn about different sheep breeds; you can watch sheepdogs working; watch an experienced shearer, and more. There are also competitions like the Sheep to Shawl contest and the Skein & Garment competition.
  • Check the weather and dress to be indoors, outdoors, and possibly muddy, depending on the weather. Sensible footwear is a must. Depending on the temperatures you may get to see a lot of exciting handmade garments, too!
  • Food lines can get long and your options may be limited - pack snacks and a water bottle.
  • Check out the Vendor Locator Guide to plan your shopping, walk around and browse a lot, and consider visiting our booth in the afternoon (it's typically less busy).

Will you be stopping by the festival this year? What is your best festival tip?

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