The great thing about the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival is the sheep. No, really. It seems like an obvious thing, but at the Cummington Fairgrounds the sheep are at the heart of it all. The barns that hold the sheep, the shearing, the judging and the really cute lead-line competitions are in and around the vendor tents and barns. Consequently, as a person strolls, shops, snacks and socializes they will be greeted by a rousing "Bah-llelujah! Chorus." It was a wonderful weekend of friends, fiber and fun, but you won't see much of it here. I forgot my camera. So while you cruise the blogs for more visual report of the show, this is how it sounded.
The icing on the cake:
Can you even believe it!? Every time I look at it I smile, well, actually I giggle a little bit. I ordered that baaaahby two weeks ago at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival from Tom and Diane Golding. I ran into Diane on Saturday in Cummington and her face just lit up when I mentioned my spindle to her. She was surprised that I hadn't gotten it (I can't believe I missed it! Ships passing in the night when I left for the weekend, that is what we were!), and told me how beautifully it had turned out. Even her glowing words didn't prepare me for what I pulled out of that box. It is even better than I would have guessed it would be and matches my favorite teapots perfectly. So, this is how it worked. I brought a tea cup from the set (which I think is discontinued) to the Goldings and they collaborated with their artist Jan Elliott to create my Blue Sheep spindle. Hee, I love it!</p>
If you are among the people with me this weekend and wondering........