Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wild and Wooly
Today was the Kelsey Creek Farm Wild and Wooly Sheep Shearing. The event takes place rain or shine, and it was a bit close with the rain. We had lovely weather last week, with the temperature getting as high as the 70's, but not today. Low 50's was more like it. And though it never really rained, it sure threatened.
This did not seem to bother the kids and families who came to watch sheep herding, shearing,
and other types of fun.
After the crowd watched the sheering,
where the spinners, from the Northwest Regional Spinners Association, helped to "skirt" the fleeces,
the visitors came into the Education Barn where we had samples of unprocessed (but washed) wool
As usual, they were fascinated by the amount of time and energy it takes for the wool to go from fleece to foot (in the shape of a knitted sock). Some never "got it," and shook their heads at the idea that someone would want to spin their own yarn. Others quickly understood the fun and relaxation that comes with spinning and knitting, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few more people at the next spinners' meeting, learning how to spin.
This was my first time on the demonstration side of the event. I remember watching people demonstrate spinning and being so fascinated. It was really fun to get to explain the little bit that I know.
shaping the world in a wild and wooly way.