So, while the kids fell in love with the Llamas, sheep, cows and goats (Hannah’s favorites) I ran amok at the Sheep & Wool Fest. Let me just say, I have the NICEST husband – not only will he chase our kids for an extended period (something not even I am eager to volunteer to do) but he’ll take on friend’s kids so we can have some shopping time sans babies! What a champ!
After a rainy drive up and a muddy intro to the Festival, we had a chilly first day (the kids were won over by the hay maze and the rides – great strategy!)
We had a wonderful dinner that night at a kitschy faux-diner (but the food was plentiful and GREAT!) called Eveready on Rt. 9 in Hyde Park – they serve the kids meals in cardboard ’57 Thunderbirds that the kids can keep – this, in itself, is enough to make it a huge hit with parents!
The next day was sunny, beautiful – everything a Fall day should be! We had such a great time, hooked up with some old friends and met some new ones and bought some BEAUTIFUL dyed boucle from Koenig Farm at a great price – woo hoo!
I saw some BEAUTIFUL stuff – and I’m really tanked to learn spinning (Handwovens of Pennington, watch out!) I was blown away by Spiralworks (Montpelier, VT) felted bowls – I don’t know if they have a website, but they’re absolutely amazing!
Of course, the fibre was the most amazing part – so much beautiful wool – and so much SILK! I’m nuts about the stuff – loved seeing it dyed in so many extraordinary ways. Just lovely! I especially enjoyed the fibres from Brooks Family Farm (Lancaster, TX) and LOVED meeting the folks at Susan’s Fiber Shop (Wisconsin) I also had an amazing peanut butter/chocolate bar with a cup of coffee that was, perhaps, one of the most stellar autumn moments of the year.