May 10, 2009
Sheep, and alpaca, and goats, oh my!
Last year I posted some alpaca and sheep photos from my trip to the 2008 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. I was tickled pink to receive many comments on those posts - it seems you guys like the woollies, too! So, here's a batch from 2009!
Llamas are magnificent animals. Statuesque, graceful, expressive, inquisitive. These two in particular were gorgeous:
A young competitor and her beautiful alpaca:
I love the ears on this guy. And his Rembrandt smile:
These baby Angora goats were the tiniest cutest little goats ever:
The festival was wonderful, as always, and I especially enjoyed bumping into many old friends, some of whom I haven't seen in a good three or four years! (Though I now realize I missed Terry, boo!) I think good friends are one of the reasons I eagerly attend NHS&W.
Another reason is, of course, the wonderful artisans. Last year's purchases became Toe the Line shawl, Child's French socks (in progress), and the 21-25 scarf (in hibernation, but not forgotten). What will this year's goodies become?
From left to right:
- Paddington handpainted sock yarn from Mocha's Fiber Connection in Colchester, CT. This is 100% British Blue Faced Leicester 3-ply superwash wool, in the Ashes of Roses colorway (422 yards, 3.5 oz). So far I've only knit socks using merino wool, so I was instantly drawn to this new-to-me fiber.
- Wool-blend yarn from Ellen's ½ Pint Farm in Norwich, VT. It's composed of 50% wool, 25% soy silk, 22.5% cotton, and 2.5% chitin. Again, the unusual fiber combination caught my eye, as well as the subdued denim colorway (no colorway name marked on the label; 475 yards, 3.5 oz).
- Arbori 50% merino/50% tencel from the lovely Judy at Ball and Skein, Barton, VT (Sprout colorway, 350 yards). The color, oh, the color! It's punchy and vibrant and makes me want to eat salad! I purchased this yarn as part of the Japanese Vines scarf kit.
- Silver Optima, also from Mocha's Fiber Connection. I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the yarn has sparkles! Oooh, shiny! It's composed of 63% superwash merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon, and 2% silver (Raspberry Crème colorway, 420 yards, 3.5 oz). Can you just imagine the fabulous lace scarf this yarn will make?!?