Tucson wool festival Oct. 25
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Hundreds of types, textures and colors of yarn rest on the "for sale" racks at Kathy Withers' store, which is in the guest room of her house.

If you’ve ever wondered where Granny’s knitted sweaters really come from, the Tucson Wool Festival will reveal all.

The event, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, will feature a sheep-to-shawl activity in which everyone can participate.

A shearer will arrive from Missouri to take clippers to all the four-legged creatures on Withers Ranch in need of haircuts. Adept spinners will turn pre-dyed wool into yarn, and Kathy Withers, the event organizer, said she’s also trying to secure a dyeing demonstration.

The freeform shawl will consist of woven, crocheted and knitted parts. All festivalgoers will have a chance to try out a loom.

“We will let people throw the shuttle a couple of times,” Withers said.

Those who have at least a cursory understanding of crocheting or knitting will be invited to make flowers and patches for the scarf, and a volunteer will put them together.

The shawl will be raffled off at the festival, and proceeds will go to Tu Nudito Children and Family Services.

Tours of the animals’ quarters will take place at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the festival, visit www.uniquedesignsbykathy.com.

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