Every year Ken has taken me to the NH Sheep and Wool festival for Mother's day. It's really not that far away from us, but it is far enough away that I can usually get a bit of knitting in. This year Anne's Ondule sweater was my knitting companion. Don't you just love the texture in those purled diamonds?
As a rule of thumb Ken and I stay at the festival until around 2ish. While I shop and visit with friends, Ken likes to wander off and watch the dog herding. It's the one thing that I always regret not taking the time to watch.
This year because we were spending the night in Concord, I was able to catch the afternoon session. These dogs are absolutely fascinating! I wish I could tell you that a Cavalier could do this.....but I can assure you that most of them could not...LOL. Border collies are brilliant dogs!! If you get a chance to watch them at work...do it. You won't be disappointed!
As you visit the various New England blogs you will see many pictures of the wonderful people I get to call "friend", but because I tend to spend too much time chatting and not enough time with the camera that is what you will not see here...LOL.
You do get to see this precocious alpaca though. Truly this gentle animal was absolutely posing for pictures. Don't you just love his smile? I keep telling Ken......when the kids leave for good, expect to see one or two of these sweet babies in our yard ;)
As a rule of thumb I don't usually post many pictures of my fiber purchases. I will be honest with you...over the last few years I have not really made that many "for me" fiber purchases, but this year I fell into the rabbit hole in a big way and I wanted to share my excitement :). The new spinning wheels have been a bad influence I tell ya...baaaad...;).
Above is some stunning wool/mohair blend from Pogo of Friend's Folly Farm. The black blend will be a sweater and the purplish one will become a vest.
A woolenrabbit needs a little angora fix every now and then and this year was no exception. This is a beautiful blend of polwarth and angora from Woolybuns.
Last but not least are these 2 scrumptious llama, mohair, silk blends from Tucker Woods Farm. I had petted these fibers earlier in the day, but told myself I really had enough, so I woefully left them behind.
Later in the afternoon as I was showing Carole how beautiful these fibers were, I became weak in the knees. Yep....I buckled and gave in....and that was that.......into my basket these 2 beautiful bags of fiber went.
Go take a peek at their website. Are those babies not the cutest things ever?? Hmmm.....maybe 2 of them should accompany the future alpacas in the yard.....Just sayin'