I went to a local sheep, goat and fiber arts festival earlier today. Here are some highlights:
— I watched a sheep dog demonstration next to a group of 9 men, okay more like 3 men and 6 boys, all of whom were dressed identically. I kept glancing at them, and I think it was a father and his 8 sons. They were all wearing dark blue overalls with blue button-down shirts and dark blue baseball caps. It was pretty comical.
— In the wool and yarn vendor tent, a man who was selling spindles showed me how to spin yarn after I asked him a bunch of questions about what he was doing. He/I used a Tibetan support spindle, in case you are wondering.
— Also in the vendor tent, there was a guy who tried so hard to get me to buy an Angora rabbit. Don't get me wrong, I actually would like to have an Angora rabbit for spinning purposes, but I don't exactly have the space for a hutch right now.
— I saw a lady use a spinning wheel that honestly looked like it was made from things she found at a hardware store. I asked her about it, and she said she ordered it from some company. I thought I took a picture of it, but apparently I didn't. At any rate, it was interesting to see a spinning wheel not made out of wood.
— I saw a lot of yarn I wanted to buy, but I'm on a budget, so I just went with some black 100% alpaca fingering weight yarn. No clue what I'm going to do with it, but I'm sure I'll think of something.
Here are some photos of some sheep, a goat, and pushy rabbit guy combing one of his Angoras: