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May 31, 2006

What a weekend! Lemme tell you....

I think I am going to have to tell you about my weekend in a 3 part series!!! Yes, it was that good.

Saturday I went to a shearing festival in Fabius New York with Julia and Carla. We went to Springside Farms (no web site) and saw sheep and alpaca being sheared. It was very interesting as I had never seen either done before. Here are the sheep being sheared, boy where they dirty....

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They were easier to handle than the alpaca's. This poor beast’s had to be tied down to a table.

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I am sure though they appreciated it because of the heat wave we are having here in New York. Their legs were tied down so they wouldn't kick. I wouldn't want to be kicked by an alpaca, would you?

I was just a little disappointed with this festival because I missed the spinning demos. And the farm store didn't have much in the way of fiber for sale. They had a lot of already made socks, mittens, hats and yarn (factory made) they had some handspun yarn for sale. I guess I was most disappointed that when I did find fiber, it wasn't their fiber. Didn't stop me from buying it though.

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This is 2.5 oz of "Icelandic Thel Roving" so the label says. It is from "Shepard Falls Farm" (I have no idea where that is from). But the price was right. I also bought Dan a little stuffed Llama and a finger puppet. He now has a border collie and a llama. He is going to be a fiber geek too whether he likes it or not.

They also had a petting zoo at the farm. Here are some lambs. Their mama's were the ones being shorn for the first time.

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And some goats:

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Moving on to Saturday evening, my best pal Pegi had a cook out. It was her birthday weekend so I gave her this:

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You may remember it looking like this:

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I dyed it with neon food coloring. I used the immersion method. It came out (I thought) really cool! I was going for a sky blue (to match Pegi's eyes) and it had a purple halo that also showed up from the fuzzy alpaca fibers. I also made her these:

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Is it me or is everyone making and selling stitch markers and sock yarn lately?? I guess I won't be doing that. Not that this is a slam on you people! YOU GO!!!! I am just saying I am slow on the up take. I don't want to compete with you all. I would much rather buy.

Alrighty, I sure hope Pegi likes them. I had fun making it all. I think she did. She is a knitter.

Well now, let's conclude this Saturday evening with a fireworks shot I took at Pegi's:

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It's not a party at her house with out em.

Next up tomorrow: "My Sunday with Mia" Now that was a hoot.

Posted by beth at May 31, 2006 12:18 PM

Comments

wow, you took way more pictures than me! I agree about the fiber there.. it would have been nice to get some of their fiber, but perhaps they don't get too much demand for it.
Can't wait to hear about your day with Mia

Posted by: Carla at May 31, 2006 02:13 PM

woo! fireworks!

super yummy gifts! is that your handspun? it's beautiful! and i love the beads, very cool.

Posted by: kris at May 31, 2006 02:50 PM

Cute lil lambs.

Posted by: gina at May 31, 2006 09:40 PM

I LURVE your pretty stitch markers!! Beautiful! :) xxx

Posted by: Annarella at June 1, 2006 10:52 AM

GGOOAATTT!!! Dem are so cute!!!

Posted by: Carol at June 2, 2006 04:21 PM

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