Eve The Fiber Fanatic

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Weekend Fun

Well I was going to post a pix or two but can't find them on the 'puter yet so will post those later. This last weekend was spent at Spirit of The West Festival just north of Sioux Falls, SD. A 3 day event where we dress and act a bit like we are back in the Civil War to late 1800's era's. This is the second year that a friend and I have been asked to participate as Demonstators. We set up our Bobbin Lace and I also bring along my spinning wheel and demo that. We get lots of time to wander about the grounds and enjoy the Festival too. This year it rained a lot the first day and then the wind started blowing the rest of the two days. We had to pack everything in the van late Saturday afternoon due to a nasty weather report of Tornadoes and high wind predictions. So everyone battened down whatever they could and brought vehicles and trailer's onto the grounds to provide wind breaks to protect the tents and things. The worst of the storm went around us, Thank God, as there were several farms in the area hit badly. A couple vendor's lost their tents and the next day there were a few less display's and vendors, but we did not close down. The weather was a bit nicer but windy and quite chilly. And I did manage to sell some of my vast overstock of fibers, (Hi Patience, hope you enjoy them) Overall it was a very nice weekend.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My Sheep

Well finally gonna get this posted of my sheep. That's Choco on the left. He is a purebred shetland sheep. He is going to have a fabulous set of horns and loves to be scratched and to butt the other sheep around. It you can spot a black and white sheep in the background that is Jubilee the Jacob. She always cuts one of the other sheep away from me. Always one of the other ewes. The white sheep are a lot harder to ID from the photo. I can tell by their size and horns. The largest is "Snow" the oldest here now and mother to the next largest "Sweetie" her ram lamb born last spring. The other white is the merino/shetland ewe lamb we got up at Sheperd's Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo, Mn. last May. This is one of the pix I took the day I was dyeing all that wool yellow. I have since also dyed some with berries and some other found items and madder root. Came out kinda peachy leaning to the orangy side. Last Sunday was at the Homesteader Days At the Beaver Creek nature center and Carol was there with her dye pot. Yippie I did not know she was going to be there or I sure would have tried to have more along than I did. I had some Border Liecester wool along that she could throw in and it turned a lovely blue/gray. My hubby said it looked like a used SOS pad. Litely used. Actually a very pretty color. Tuesday I found out from Sue that her sheep that the wool came from had been killed by something that got in the sheep pen on sunday nite. So I will have to make her a rememberance something from his wool. It is pretty once I get it pulled apart and carded. A lot of work. Well it is getting quite late here and I have a big weekend. Need sleep. Goodnite all.