Saturday, August 11, 2007

Doin' the Skagit - Part 1

Yesterday, I mentioned that The Shepherd and I were going to visit the Skagit County Fair in Mt. Vernon, WA (about 35 miles south of here)today. In conjunction with the fair our NW Shetland Sheep Owners had our first NW Shetland Sheep show - It was a small but enthusiastic group - three farms showing and I did take my spinning wheel and some fleece to spin with - people were fascinated to see someone spinning (and I might have a lead on a drum carder!)

The Shepherd, with our Shetland friends Donna & Tom check out the judging going on early in the day

While Franna & Dave from EverRanch in Auburn do a little "pre-showring" grooming

Donna's little ewe lamb, Moni, is not happy about this fair thing, not happy at all!

And I filled a bobbin full of yarn, spun while answering a MILLION questions about "Oh look honey, she's weaving"

Ah, no, I'm spinning. (OK, everyone be kind, this is only the fourth bobbin I've ever filled)

"OK, Where are we going now?"

For tomorrow? The show ring beckons - - -


Christine and FAZ said...

Are you going to make something with your yarn?

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Hooray, you're SPINNING! Look out, wool-in-the-greenhouse; you may get used yet. :-)

Looking forward to Part 2!

Benjamin Fuzz said...

that's great! how very cool...and i bet you answered all million questions with kindness and grace!

btw, Sweet 16s is having a family reunion next weekend (8/17-19). Please come!

Quail Hill Knits said...

I love the fact that you are spinning at the sheep show. After all -- isn't this what the wool is all about. Hope you did well in the competition.

Nancy K. said...

What a fun post! Thanks for the links ~ I may just do some checking into that 'Gotland' breeding up program....

Congratulations on learning to spin. It looks GREAT! Four bobbins? I haven't sat down and done four bobbins in one setting, EVER!

Kathy L. said...

Great! The Shepherd finally made you earn your keep! (lol)

Does the NW Sheepbreeders group take in strays from the SW area?

Where's the Shepherd's sheep? ;-)

Leigh said...

Tina, don't be too hard on yourself, I was given some very expensive designer yarn that looks exactly like what's on your bobbin! It's hard to spin a consistent yarn when there are onlookers though. I always try to spin something that doesn't have to be consistent when I'm spinning in public. It's just fun for folks to see what we do.