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A coat of many colors - closed with a shawl pin.

A couple of Saturdays ago, I went with my daughter and son-in-law to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival…To get a feel for the event, check out my slideshow, I took a lot of pictures for you (and here’s a video from KnittersReview, too).

We had a great time… I bought some hand-dyed yarn for my daughter (reds & purples) and for myself (blues & greens). We ate some food… I had lamb, and I even ate a bit of black cherry ice cream. It was delicious!!!

This was the 38th year for the all-volunteer, free event. There were over forty different breeds of sheep (baa!) on display and, of course, demonstrations of sheep dog skillz.  Lots of workshops available for both farmers and crafters, and hundreds of vendors for shopping. There were demonstrations of spinning, yarn-dyeing and all kinds of other fiber techniques.  And so many competitions, including one titled “Sheep to Shawl.”

One of the show’s highlights is the blade shearing competition, with shearers coming from all over the country.  No electrics, they use hand-powered shears.  It’s the only competition like this in the States.  The winner (Emily  Chamelin) goes on to compete internationally in New Zealand.

It was a pretty full day. By the time we got home, I was positively ready for bed.

The weather was beautiful… warm in the sun, cool in the shade.

You can check out the sheep & wool festival here, if you are curious about the workshops and demonstrations.

How is the weather where you are? It’s been raining here for a week or ten days, at least, and we’re not expecting good weather for several days yet…


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