I finally made it a sheep and wool festival. Yesterday DH and I went to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, about a 2 hour drive from our house. We could not have ordered better weather. Trees were near peak foliage color. Temperature was cool enough to show off my hand-knitted creations.
That's me in the grey cabled sweater, shopping for yarn. At one point, I felt faint, truly overcome by all the selections. I was quite restrained in my shopping (really, I spent less than $60; I'll cover those in a separate post).
We met this Highlander selling spinning supplies.
We watched so many people spinning. DH got into the spinning groove; I think he checked the pricing of every wheel there. I myself am not ready for a wheel, but nice to see he was looking for a good wheel at a good price.
Fleece, roving, yarn- you name it. If it's fiber, you could buy it.
This baby alpaca was so cute, I wanted to take him home.
DH wanted to buy this young buck for DD#1.
Of course there were sheep- so many breeds of sheep!
These are Jacob sheep, a rare and ancient breed that date back to Biblical times. These sheep may be descended from the sheep that Jacob herded for Laban. Jacob and Laban struck a deal: Jacob could keep all the spotted lambs that were born. Apparently Jacob took Mendelian Genetics 101, for it's recorded that he separated the spotted ewes from the solid colored ones, so as to have more spotted lambs.
We watched some of the sheep being judged. I thought they all deserved medals for cuteness.
We left before the day ended, and still hit traffic on the NY Thruway. Oh well, it won't keep us from eagerly awaiting next year's festival.