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If you’re lucky enough to be attending the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, here are two other opportunities to be surrounded by wool and fellow crafters. Both will be happening on the Friday before the event.

Indie Untangled 2023 Poster
© Indie Untangled

Created by Lisa Chamoff, Indie Untangled started as an online marketplace in 2013. Her idea was to organize a platform where crafters could discover special products from indie artisans, such as hand-dyed yarn and fiber, handspun yarn, notions, and accessories, building a community for those who love fiber crafts.

Soon, the online marketplace grew into an annual event in the Hudson Valley. This year, Saugerties, NY, will host the 10th edition of Indie Untangled, which will take place on Friday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be hosted at HITS on the Hudson, a beautiful outdoor property overlooking the Catskill Mountains.

You can buy a timed entry ticket for your preferred period of the day, and you'll have access to two open-air, accessible shopping pavilions with vendors selling a handpicked selection of yarn and accessories. There’ll also be food trucks and live music for those who want to hang out, knit, and make new fiber friends.

Wool & Folk logo
© Wool & Folk

Wool & Folk is another event that’ll take place on October 20, the Friday before the New York Sheep and Wool weekend, which incorporates food and music into the fiber world. As their website states, it “is a celebration of our diverse, inclusive, and extraordinary fiber community.”

The event is owned and organized by Felicia Stenhouse Eve, owner of String Thing Studio, and host of Fridays with Felicia with VKL. The event takes place at Foreland, an 85,000-square-foot contemporary arts campus by Catskill Creek, and gathers over 100 vendors from the US and abroad.

This year's MC will be Louis Boria, known as Brooklyn Boy Knits. There’ll also be a "Podcast Patio” with special guests Toni Lipsey from TLYarnCrafts, Christopher Walker from Cabin Boy Knits, Jackie Rose and Amy Palko from the Cady Jax Knits Podcast, and Adella and Jimmy Colvin, from LolaBean Yarn Co.

On the Thursday before the festival, there’ll be a warm-up event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’ll be an exclusive experience, with limited tickets, and will include a sit-down dinner catered by Fig and Pig with live music. The event will also include early bird shopping and an opportunity to meet and greet with the vendors and special guests.

Our editor-in-chief, Nara Takeda, will attend both events. If you feel overwhelmed and need help to “survive” these wonderful yarn festivals, check out our article with some valuable tips.


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