A Festival of Sheep and Wool

On September 9th, I had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI.  I know, I know, it sounds pretty geeky if you aren't into fiber, and I did receive some strangely curious looks whenever I mentioned it to anyone outside of my fiber circle.  

But, most likely, if you are reading this blog, you share my geeky interests, so, I will tell you a little bit about what I saw and share a few photos of the sweet little sheep.   

Having never attended before, I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was delighted to find so many lovely vendors offering hand spun, hand dyed fibery goodness.  Had I not been contributing to my yarn stash so much lately, I could have found lots and lots to spend my money on.  However, I choose to just take home one lovely skein of Happy Hands Sock Yarn  in their colorful "Mother Earth" colorway.   

Another one of my favorite booths at the festival was Green Mountain Spinnery, who traveled all the way from Putney, Vermont.  Their colors were all so fresh, and I completely fell in love with their Capricloak pattern, which went straight to the list of must-knits.  

I had a very hard time resisting the beautiful "Colorflow" yarn from Blackberry Ridge, which is spun right here in Wisconsin.  As luck would have it, the lovely owner of the local yarn shop here in town, Main Street Yarn Shop, decided to start carrying it after seeing it at the show.

And finally, the reason we have all of this fiber at our fingertips, the sheep!  It was so much fun to see the different breeds, but by far, the highlight was the brand new babies!  

Fresh haircuts for these guys!  There was a shearing demo going on in the barn while we were visiting.

Fresh haircuts for these guys!  There was a shearing demo going on in the barn while we were visiting.

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This guy was very interested in what was in a fellow knitter's bag.

This guy was very interested in what was in a fellow knitter's bag.

Born that very morning, this Mama is protecting her new little lambs.

Born that very morning, this Mama is protecting her new little lambs.

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The sweet smile this guy was flashing was too much!  I love it!

The sweet smile this guy was flashing was too much!  I love it!

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I am looking forward to attending again next year, and may even sign up for a class or two.