A few weeks ago, my daughter and I spent a long weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, Wisconsin. We went up Friday morning, and soon had our tent pitched. I was very glad I brought the tarp, as the weekend was pretty rainy and cool, and we would have been very miserable if we were wet.
We went shopping first, and I’ll get back to that. Here’s the rest of the weekend in no particular order. There are more pictures on Flickr, particularly of sheep, so click through if you want to see more. You are welcome to borrow any sheep pictures.
Everyone (well, except the dog’s owner) laughed when a dog became very distracted by the masses of birds in a nearby reservoir an decided to flush them.
My daughter took the Needle-felting ‘Wool Ewe Teach Me’ class, and had a fabulous time (while I got to take another tour of the market). She made this:
And then the class made a banner for the sheep and wool festival to keep….
I also enjoyed lunch with a friend, talked with several of my vendor friends (Hi Gale and Catherine), and staked out the fleece judging and auction with some FOAY’ers (Hi Erin and Ellen!) We saw the most beautiful coated Cormo (it won), and a fabulous gorgeous BFL fleece (reserve). There were some really nice fleeces there, but I was money and space poor by then, and thinking of the Clun Forest that I bought last year that isn’t washed yet. 🙁
So what did I buy in the market on Friday?
I stopped by Mielke’s (probably my favorite booth), and looked at Adam’s spindles. My first ‘real’ spindle is one of his, and I still like it a lot, so I thought I’d add another. This one is fiddleback maple with a maple shaft and comes in at 20 grams.
Also at Maple Row, I picked up this cool thing. It was suggested as an orifice hook, but could also be used for crochet or whatever. I bought it because…..cast iron sheep….cool! It was good that I did, they were gone soon after and I would have been kicking myself.
So despite the wet and wind and cold, we had a really fabulous time. We laughed a lot, saw cool things, met interesting people, and ate and ate and ate. My daughter highly approved and is excited to go again next year. I’m thrilled to have a travel buddy!