It was a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! Saturday was cooler, and cloudy, with a little off-and-on rain (mostly in the morning) but almost the entire day was spent wandering the NH Sheep & Wool Festival. It was a fantastic festival! Hubby let me go by myself this time, and I took advantage of that by taking my time, making sure to see everything, and visiting a lot! I was actually at the festival for about 5 hours.
It was held at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH again this year. I think this is the third year they've held it in Deerfield. It's a wonderful venue (in my opinion, anyway) and I think the festival was bigger than ever this year! I had such a good time! Made a few new Ravelry friends, had some good food, and bought a few things.
From the BartlettYarns booth, one of the first tents after the entry booths, a small tray with a scene depicting a Border collie herding sheep. Love my Border collies! They actually had three sizes of this tray, but I only have space in my house for the small one. Also finally found a copy of The Nervous New Owner's Guide to Angora Rabbits. I've been looking for this book for a while! It's not available in e-book format, unfortunately (my preferred purchase method) and I was not able to find it at my library or through inter-library loan, to see if I'd like it before buying it. This time I was able to browse through it before buying; so far I like it a lot. Very readable style.
Picked up a new "I only spin..." t-shirt from Ingrid Ward of Ward Brook Farm in Candia (no website). I try to get a new one every year or two; I wear these a lot! No purple in my size this year, unfortunately, but at least she had my size! Some years she sells out of her t-shirt stock before I get there!
Also a wine (purple)-to-white graduated roving, from Spunky Eclectic. I restrained myself at her booth admirably. She had an impressive selection of drop spindles, and some incredible colors of roving. I was also very tempted by some dyed locks (not yet carded or combed) in a deep wine color. It was a tough choice.
A 4 oz. braid of Falkland (sheep breed) roving in some lovely spring flowers colorway, called "Blue Moon", from Friends in Fiber. I noticed this year I was very drawn to blues and aqua.
My biggest purchase was from Acker's Acres Angoras. I picked up three bumps of this gorgeous colorway of 60/40 merino/angora blend, and a small amount of dehaired Pygora fiber "cloud" (loose fiber, not carded or combed). The Angora book also came from the same booth. The gray spindle is from The Yarn and Fiber Company booth. Excellent spinner, at a good price! It's just under one ounce, and is very well-balanced.
Here are a few other pictures from the festival.
J.K. Fibers booth. They had some wonderfully soft fibers, and a couple of really fabulous blues that really called to me. I'll be looking for them in the future! They don't have anything on their Etsy page right now, but they do have a Facebook page. I'll be watching...
Someone was spinning on a Majacraft wheel with a plying head on it. This was a huge bobbin! He said he was able to get just over a pound of plied yarn on this bobbin!
Millpoint Emporium. Just a small portion of their booth. They had some gorgeous woodworking, and beautiful drop spindles!
A booth selling incredible looking puff pastries!
Part of the wall in Ingrid Byrd's Ward Brook Farm booth, where I bought the t-shirt. She's got some gorgeous knitting inspiration up there!
Some fibers and a booth I liked in one of the commercial buildings - didn't end up going back for any of this, but I had taken the picture so I could find it again if I was able to get some.
West Elm Farm booth. They had some incredibly soft superwash merino rovings, in some great colors. That wheel was certainly eye-catching as well!
Fantastic hand-crafted Vermont Wheel spining wheels. These were in Robin Russo's "The Spinning Studio" booth. They are from Vermont, no web page found.
Sign from the "Friends in Fiber" booth, where I bought the "Blue Moon" Falkland roving.
The always-wonderful David Paul, of The Merlin Tree! I got to watch him help a woman with her Canadian Production Wheel. He tweaks, and fiddles, and diagnoses, and put a new drive band on it for her. He had it running smoothly in about 15 minutes - no taking it back to the shop, no minimum fees. A true gentleman, a real craftsman, with genuine warmth and an engaging personality.
I came very close to buying this Hitchhiker wheel from him. I used to have a Hitchhiker; I traded it for a Nigerian Dwarf goat at one point. I no longer have that goat, and I do miss the wheel, one of the few I regret selling. (One of the others I regret selling, by the way, is a Kromski Minstrel. Lovely wheel!)
Also had a nice conversation in one booth about circular sock machines! Apparently someone is now producing new ones. They are quite expensive, but what a fun toy! Until recently, the only ones available were refurbished (or even un-refurbished!) antiques, which might or might not work smoothly (may not work at all!) and might not have available replacement parts. Nice to see someone making these again!
Another person I really enjoyed visiting was Many Fraser of Fraser Farm Fiber! Always charming, and so informative!
The rabbit she's spinning from is a chestnut agouti. Awesome color! She also had some baby bunnies with her! These were three weeks old!
She had a couple of 12 week old chestnut agoutis for sale in her booth as well; same color as the one on her lap, and just about as big, at only 12 weeks old!
After all that fun and inspiration on Saturday, I came home and started spinning the aqua "Bunny Blend" on my Schacht Matchless. On Sunday, I spent lots of time cleaning and re-arranging in the barn, moving my own bunny cages to a different stall, where they'll have more light and air. It will also be easier to get in and out of that room, easier to clean cages and move the bunnies around so they can have more outdoor time during the day. They need grooming, too, hopefully some time this week...