The day started out like this, too early, but clear and lovely.
Is my coffee ready yet?
After going back and forth in my head a bit, I decided to trek up to Dixon with the kids for our first time at Lambtown! http://www.lambtown.org/ It was kind of a hard decision, because it’s about a 90-minute drive from home, and handling my two kids by myself at a fiber festival was really an iffy idea. But I’d always wanted to go, and we were totally free today, so we went ahead and did it!
The kids were distracted by the carnival rides, but I managed to get them over to the livestock barn for some sheep/fleece ogling.
Petting sheep (Merino?)
We caught a bit of the sheep judging. The one held by the woman ended up winning, if I remember correctly. I forget why.
There were lots of adorable sheep to look at and some to pet (I’d advise you to take care with the rams!).
Sheep judging us right back?
How fun to see so many different kinds of sheep in one place, and to admire the many different types of locks! How could you resist these???
Look at those locks!!
We also caught some sheepdog trials (finals!). Have you ever seen a sheep dog at work? It’s fascinating! I told my kids that these are Jedi dogs, who use mind tricks to control the sheep. This dog got these three sheep to go through two gates and a chute.
The dog stays, but oh so reluctantly!
Sheep dog finals
You can see the burst of dust where the dog sat suddenly. In the end, he (?) did a very good job!
Sheep dog finals
Back to ogling the sheep. Look at this wool!!!
Sweet trio, no lovely wool, though.
Sweet family. The babies were for sale!
I think the wee girl was shopping for a sheep.
This one looks good?
Of course there was an excellent marketplace for all wooly things. It seemed that most were fairly local, too. The farthest vendor I saw was only from Oregon.
Super mega ultra lightning champion fleece!
What? How? Huh????
We were SO LUCKY to run into a friend from my knitting group who was there with her husband and kid. This situation 1) distracted and entertained my kids so that they lasted longer at the festival and 2) provided me with a few child-free minutes in which to peruse the market and choose a souvenir to spin. I ended up with these 12 ounces from Sincere Sheep. I couldn’t resist the price– 12 ounces of roving for about $35. The nice lady running the shop (looking at their website, it seems to be the owner Brooke), said that the amazing sale was due to her having just a few of this and that left, and the small amounts are harder to sell, so she packaged them up in these alluring and irresistible bags for a steal. My idea is to combine them all into a big spinning project, so it can be….. a small sweater, perhaps?
Phew, it was a long, hot day! We hit temperatures of 99 degrees on the way home. But I was lucky in that my kids behaved reasonably well all day, they had fun, and I finally made it to Lambtown!