Gentle knitters, let the music commence.
|Multipurpose: 4-H exhibit at yesterday's Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, friend, fleece, fiber, sheepskin, meat.|
The annual Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival was a splendid affair, enhanced by perfect spring weather, just chilly enough to allow knitters to parade about in hand-made outerwear. I saw designs by Kristin Nicholas, Kaffe Fassett, EZ and other luminaries worn by real people (mostly middle-aged, "de-conditioned") in real time, which was most instructive. The takeaway: do not wear a voluminous Fassett coat if you're excessively large in any dimension, else you'll resemble a yurt with feet. The knitting, however, was spectacular. I photographed this elegant shawl, edged by tiny pearl-beads, as its proud creator displayed it to nearby admiring fiberholics:
Although the event was sponsored by the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association, other animals were much in evidence, either live or in fiber form:
|Mowing a rabbit.|
|Angoras for sale.|
|The alpacas brought their own fans (partly visible at left)|
|Cashmere goats were represented by this practical bikini top (left)...|
|...as were canines. This Samoyed-merino blend was soft and fuzzy, like angora. Damn, I wish I'd bought some! But do you suppose it smells like wet dog when it's damp?|
So here's my advice--if you weren't able to make it to Tolland this year, try to go in 2013. Meanwhile I'll leave you with a few more postcards.
|Holding pen for the shearing demonstrations.|
|There was always music in the air.|
|Neuroknitter went roving.|
|Gorgeous yarn by Dirty Water Dyeworks of Arlington, MA. I bought some.|
|Gorgeous natural colors. Sorry, I forgot the name of the farm!|
|Sheep, when not badgered by eager and active border collies, may safely graze (at a distance).|