Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sheep People

by Maggie Sefton

The weekend of October 18-19, I'll be signing books at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.  about 80 miles north of Manhattan.  I'll be at the Merritt Bookstore booth.  More about this later.  That's Shirley below weaving on the Mother Loom.

One of the fun things about hanging around a popular yarn and fiber shop like Lambspun in  Fort Collins, Colorado, is you get to meet sheep and alpaca owners, llama lovers, and their animals.

Some owners are also breeders and they pay a fair price for the various bloodlines of their breeding stock, particularly sheep and alpaca.  Those are the fuzzy creatures that provide those wonderful fibers that people all over the world spin, weave, knit, and crochet into all sorts of garments, pillows and socks, sweaters, hats----heck,
even tea cozies.

Recently, Shirley, the owner of Lambspun of Colorado where I based my Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries, had one of the regular attendees of the Tuesday night get-together around the knitting table bring several sheep and one of her alpaca to visit with customers outside in an informal petting zoo.

People loved it.  Kids had the chance to come and pat the sheep and stare at the alpaca.  Saturdays are really busy at Lambspun and the Backporch Cafe at the rear of the shop, so there were lots of people wandering about enjoying August summer weather.

Do you have a favorite shop in your area that has special items or events?  Please share with us.