Friday, May 6, 2011

CT Sheep and Wool

This past weekend I went to the CT Sheep & Wool Festival. As you all probably know, sheep and wool fests are very dangerous- to the bodily warmth of sheep, to your wallet, to your collection of pets, and to your stash (in the positive sense). To make it a little bit safer, I have a couple rules for myself:
1. Cash only. If it's in my wallet or pockets and it's cash, it's fair game. Sometimes I leave my cards at home, just in case.
2. No yarn. There are about 15 awesome yarn stores within 8 miles of me, plus the internet. Spinning material (besides the internet) is much more difficult to come by.

Once those 'safety nets' are in place, the rest of it is pure fun and sheepy goodness. Now, for the pictures:

There were alpacas:

Sad alpacas:
Fuzzywuzzywittlebunnykins(it took a ton of strength not to stuff one in my pocket and run):
Partially naked sheep:
Miniature sheep (old english babydoll southdowns, they live here):
kewtwiddlesoftprettybaby goats:
At lunch time I spread all my stuff out under this awesome tree for a photo shoot:
My shawl won first place in the fiber arts contest (unexpected, pretty snazzy):
There were sheepdog trials:
I bought a fleece (Coopworth/Jacob/Karakul cross). It's lovely and multi-toned, mostly in greys with a little bit of black. I found 3 distinct shades of grey in it. It weighs 4.5 lbs (raw) which I thought would be a manageable amount for me to hand process, compared to most of the other fleeces (which were around 10 lbs each).

My total haul for the day was about 7 lbs of wool (4.5lbs fleece, 1lb babydoll roving, 1lb alpaca roving, 1/2lb alpaca/silk/romney purple roving), and a broom. It's a very nice broom. I'll get you a picture of it.

While I was in CT, I decided to start a garden. Just a little one, with plants that don't need any attention because I'm only going to be there every couple of weeks, and great-gramps doesn't want to take care of it (just eat everything that comes out of it). So far I've planted thyme, leaf lettuce and broccoli. Isn't it cute?


  1. Yay, a new blog post! You didn't tell me your shawl won 1st place in a contest. That is so awesome!!!! It looks like it was quite the adventure. I can't wait to see you take the fleece, wash it, card it and spin it, and turn it into your next project.

  2. Can not wait to see how the yarn from the fleece will turn out. Lot of work to get there though.