New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival!!
Today, my youngest daughter, Hannah and I made our way down to the NH Sheep and Wool festival. What a FUN time we had!
Who IS that behind that camera........and.......who or what is she snapping a photo of??
We had a nice time, visiting and it was especially nice to spend time chatting with Cassie in person, as we have come to know each other a bit thru emails. I love how blogging has opened up our big world and made it a bit smaller for each of us. That common bond that connects all of us, truly has made the world a smaller and friendlier place. Cassie's shawl is more beautiful in person than in pictures, if that is possible. I was too darn busy chatting to get all of the pictures that I wanted to take, so you will have to take my word for it here.
Next it was lunch with another blogger from New England, Judy of Smatterings, and her friend, Cindy. I am always a wee bit nervous, when it comes to putting myself out there with people that I don't know but what I have found with most fiber people is that the bond that connects us, also makes it so easy to become friends. Judy is a very talented spinner and dyer.......check out her fabulous yarns for sale!!
Now, as I started out today, with the mindset of behaving myself at this fiber festival, as I have so much blessed fiber. However, the one vendor that I missed out on in Rhinebeck this fall, my regular first stop..........who was almost completely sold out at 9:15 am......Spinners Hill, also comes to this NH festival. My first visit was to her booth and I picked up this incredible wool/ mohair batt. As you probably guessed........yup........there are those rusty, reddish, paprika colors that I always seem to bring home.
So..........I thought......hey, why not break out and be crazy? Get something different for a change? So.....into my basket landed this yummy grass green mohair/wool blend. The different shades in the batt are so pretty, blended together. This will be slated for this year's vest. I try to make one every year with this vendor's wool.
Nestled in all that luscious fiber is a pin.......a handpainted bunny of course!
How could a Woolen Rabbit pass that one up?
Now, that was all I had planned to purchase, as the Good Lord knows, that I do NOT need any more fiber and I am really trying to be mindful of that fact and to simplify............however, there was one temptation that I just could not avoid, no matter how hard I tried.
To self, I said
This gorgeous Cherry Vermont Wheel came home with me.
Truly, I did try to resist, but the temptation was just too strong. I had tried a Vermont Wheel a few times, when a local spinner purchased one a few years ago and I just fell in love with it.
Pat Russo, has made mention a few times that he is contemplating retiring from the fiber show scene, so I thought that it would be foolish for me to pass this lovely wheel up now, if I truly wanted one.........and I did!
As a concession to my DH, who sometimes feels completely overwhelmed with the fiber and fiber tools in this old wool house. I have decided to sell my antique Canadian Wheel. It is another lovely wheel, made of cherry, with the typical iron treadle, footman and flyer adjustment......which spins like a dream. I will list it in a photo album this week with all of the particulars.
I truly believe in keeping all wheels happily spinning and I like to pass the ones that are collecting a bit more dust than it should to another happy spinner.
Hannah snapped this picture of a bunch of cute, cute, cute angora goats as we were getting ready to head back up to the Mountains.
We had a lovely day in Contoocook, NH, visiting with old friends, new friends and incredible fiber.
I hope that all of you in your corner of the world, enjoyed your day, as much as we did ours!