Today, Sheila, Ellen and I went to the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Festival at the Cummington fairgrounds in Western Mass. It was just great, and it was a gorgeous day for it — warm and sunny enough to walk around in a tank and a skirt, but not so hot that it was uncomfortable. There were vendors selling all sorts of lovely yarns and knitting and crochet accessories, as well as rovings and battings and locks and fleece and all sorts of wool that had been processed to various points on the way from sheep to needles. It was really cool to see all the different stages of yarn production, and to watch the spinners at work. It was also really fun to walk around and look at all the sheep and angora rabbits, and the three llamas that were there. (I have a ton of photos of the adorable sheep if you click through). These three little guys were just the greatest – can you see the tiny horns? I am going to die of cute poisoning.
I behaved myself quite well and only got three skeins, one of which is a gift. Ellen took in an admirable haul, though. [tantrum]Stupid people with stupid regular paychecks from one stupid job not three.[/tantrum] My strategy was not to look too closely at anything — I mostly walked around soaking in the lovely colors and petting things (live and skeined). Sheila got some lovely, tweedy handspun in cream and brown.
Anyway, we had a wonderful day, with no sunburns or missed turns (love that GPS). Thank you for driving, Sheila!