THE 40TH MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

25 05 2014

HELLO

THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

 

Yesterday was the first day of the fest and what a  day it was.  Crowds of people came, lots of sheep, so if you haven’t come yet there is still another day.

JUDGING OF THE FLEECES

This is my second of a two-year stint of Judging of the fleeces.  I love doing this as I just love the world of spinning and sheep.  There were about 63 fleeces entered  and I had two wonderful helpers.  There wasn’t a fleece there that I wouldn’t have taken home to spin.    Even though this one didn’t win first I especially liked an Icelandic fleece that was coarse.  As soon as I touched it thought of the durable socks that this fleece would make.

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 Another interesting fleece was a Horned Dorset.  It was beautiful.

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Two of my spinning students  bought wonderful fleeces and I met a wonderful person Beth who follows my blog.  Patti came and we chatted about our chickens and we will meet Thursday night for the talk and slides about Orkney at SHeep and Shawl.

The show is like a family get together.  People who  I have known for over twenty years have stopped by, my good friend Renee and her Mom were there.

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We have all spent memorable times there in spinning contests and sheep to shawl.   I will be working closely with Susan helping with the Sheep to Shawl hoping to get more interest in it next year.

Here are some pictures of some beautiful fleeces.  See you at the fair today.

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More tomorrow about the show.  May thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





MORE RAIN-NEW POSTER-THE SHOW

23 05 2013

Hello,

More and more rain then temps in the 50’s.  At least there won’t be any humidity.  I will have to make sure I have warm enough clothes for the show.    Cummington is in a cold pocket and sitting around all day doesn’t help either.

CAMP WOOL’S WOOL ON ITS WAY

With the damp weather its been really hard to get the dyed wool dried.  I sent what I finished out today and will get the rest done and mail it the end of next week.

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NEW POSTER

For some years now I have had a small poster about my farm at shows.  SO many things have changed since the last one was made I decided to get another one done.  It makes it more of a personal experience when people know what I do, what kind of animals I have  etc. 

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The Show

Tomorrow morning I will pack up the car and set up at the show.  It’s an old fashion fairgrounds and the sounds of the sheep will be music to my ears. It’s a place that holds many wonderful memories for me.  I participated in many spinning contests, I used to be a very fast spinner, Enjoyed the sheep to shawl contents and would even camp out there overnight.  Sitting around after the show with people I only see a couple of times a year but have remained friends with for all those years.  It’s good to see them, to find out how their lives are going what new creative things they are doing.  I met Susan at this show.  She had a booth, and I loved her things we struck up a friendship 25 years ago and e-mail each other almost every day now.  We found over the years that we are kindred spirits, like the same things, been through a lot of the same life lessons.  We usually see each other once a year and like doing shows together.  If you are in the area Saturday afternoon or all day Sunday stop by and visit us. 

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.           Carole