Monday, September 14, 2009

World Sheep Festival at Bethel Missouri

Over the Labor Day weekend I had the joy of being able to attend the World Sheep and Fiber Festival at Bethel, Missouri. All my other attempts at going to fiber festivals this year had been foiled by things such as weddings, meetings and lack of funds. Finally I was able to sink my hands into all sorts of sweet, sweet fiber.

This was the first year I was able to participate in the Fiber Competition by entering a few of my hand spun yarns along with a scarf and hat set and of course my beloved crocheted Ernie the Giraffe. Everything I entered placed in one category or another. Not really sure how the categories were broken down, but whoever did the judging liked my work and I am thrilled.

My husband and I were also on our way to visit my sister in Columbia, MO so he got to see the festival for the first time. To be honest, I think he was bored out of his mind, but he did enjoy the sheep dog trials. Another good thing to come out of his being there is that he agreed to help me get a new spinning wheel once he saw how nice the "real" ones are. Yay! In a few months, I hope to be the proud new owner of a Fricke wheel.

I came away with 4 ounces of heavenly fawn coloured Alpaca fluff and 8 ounces of absolutely divine Baby Camel and Silk blend. Hubba hubba, I really can't wait to start spinning that one. In fact, I'm going to go pet it again right now.