Sheared Bliss


Fiberful Weekend

Well, I seem to be about two weeks behind on everything in my life right now so I guess it’s fitting that I’m writing about the Estes Park Wool Market about a week and a half after it happened.  So, two weekends ago I went up to drool over the fluffy things with Ms. Celery, CoworkerA, and NurseA (who’s in my fiber arts group).  As usual, there were many fluffy animals.

There was also much fluffy shopping goodness and some of it came home with me.

Sheep Tape Measure from Lantern Moon

Frabjous Fibers’ Black Diamond Bamboorino Top in Redwood Forest from Susan’s Fiber Shop

Neuquen organic merino wool yarn in green/gray colorway from Textiles A Mano

The tape measure and roving were birthday presents from CodeMonkey and the yarn was a birthday present from my Busia.  Thanks, you two!

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Catch Up

Last weekend (What happened to this past week?  I have absolutely no idea.) NurseK, her friend M, and I said “Hey, let’s go hiking!  In the cold!  And the rain!  Preferably in a place that’s flooding!”  Ok, so maybe it didn’t go exactly like that, but we did manage to find ourselves in the mountains on an unseasonably cold and rainy Sunday.  We spent the morning hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

After a picnic lunch, we headed back into town for the Estes Park Wool Market where we saw many cute critters.

There was also a lot of gorgeous fibery goodness – some of which made its way home with me.

That’s two Fabulous Fibers rovings from Susan’s Fiber Shop – Blue Faced Leicester in Cabbage Rose and Merino in Circus Parade.

Dinner at Dushanbe topped off an all around lovely day.



Catch Up

Wow, where did the last week go?  My only excuse is that it was National Volunteer Appreciation Week which makes for a super busy week at work when you work with volunteers.  Then MommaCodeMonkey and I did a bunch of work around the house this weekend and I’m basically too tired to move.  So while I’m being exhausted and boring, here are some pictures of the Sheep to Shawl event at the museum last weekend.

Here's the before shot.

And the after shot.

And a gratuitous shot of Daisy in the background with a thoroughly nonplussed ewe in the foreground.

I spent most of the day dyeing yarn with PioneerV and PioneerJ.

The root of the madder plant gives lovely oranges and reds.

Yellow from marigold flowers, fuchisa from cochineal, and orange from madder.



Mark Your Calendars

If you live in the Denver metro area (or don’t, but are willing to travel) and like fiber arts and living history (or just want a nice day out at a farm), mark your calendar for Sheep to Shawl at the Littleton Museum on Saturday, April 17 from 10am to 3pm.  There will be sheep shearing, wool processing, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and, of course, baby lambs.  If you come, look for me by the dye pot and say hi.  Hope to see you there!



Estes Park Wool Market
June 14, 2009, 9:47 pm
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Today NurseK and I headed to Estes Park for the annual Wool Market where we met up with YogiK.

YogiK and NurseK bond with an alpaca.

It was a beautiful day and we got to see tons of fiber animals as well as some wonderful fiber, yarn, and other beautiful things for sale.  I could talk more about it, but let’s be honest, y’all just want to see gratuitous shots of cute animals, right?  Of course right.  On to the cuteness!

There were llamas . . .

There were llamas . . .

 

. . . and alpacas . . .

. . . and alpacas . . .

 

. . . and vicunas . . .

. . . and vicunas . . .

 

. . . and yaks . . .

. . . and yaks . . .

 

. . . and bunnies . . .

. . . and bunnies . . .

 

. . . and goats . . .

. . . and goats . . .

 

. . . and sheep . . .

. . . and sheep . . .

 

. . . man were there sheep . . .

. . . man were there sheep . . .

 

. . . lots and lots of sheep . . .

. . . lots and lots of sheep . . .

 

. . . you never saw so many sheep!

. . . you never saw so many different kinds of sheep!

 

This little fellow wanted to come home with me.

This little fellow wanted to come home with me.

 

Look how friendly he is!  Only $200!  Practically a bargain!  They only get to be about 50 pounds.  If we put a collar on it and tell everyone its a dog . . .  Yeah, CodeMonkey didnt buy that either.

Look how friendly he is! And at just $200 he's practically a bargain! They only get to be about 50 pounds. If we put a collar on it and tell everyone it's a dog . . . Yeah, CodeMonkey didn't buy that either.

 

So I didn’t come home with a sheep, but I did come home with a pretty nice little haul.

Thats May/June 2008 lace issue of Piecework, 2 ounces of bombyx silk in shades of purple, some Yarn Place Gentle cashmere/merino laceweight in a lovely rose color, and 4 ounces of bamboo/nylon/merino in turquoise, brown, green, and purple.

That's May/June 2008 lace issue of Piecework, 2 ounces of bombyx silk in "Iris", 50 grams of Yarn Place's "Gentle" cashmere/merino laceweight in a lovely rose color, and 4 ounces of bamboo/nylon/merino in "Dragonfly".

It was a great day, despite the whole not bringing a sheep home thing . . . 
Im an alpaca fan

"I'm an alpaca fan"