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.


Karen in Ohio said...

The Pendelton County (Kentucky) Wool Festival is always the first weekend in October. This year, it's October 3-5, at Kinkaid Lake in Falmouth. In addition to a tent with wool and alpaca yarns and finished products, spinning wheels, and the best socks in the world, they also have animals in an adjacent tent. They usually have some kind of demonstrations of traditional farm life; I've seen soapmaking, candle-dipping, and sorghum molasses making (hot work!). In recent years they've added lots of huge tents with booths of crafts, and they always have lots of entertainment, and fair food! Giant turkey legs are my favorite.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Have fun in Rhinebeck! I went there a few years ago, a charming little town. Love the photos, Love events like these.

Maggie Sefton said...

I love fairs and festivals of all kinds. Delicious food, fun activities, animals, kids, games, and Fair Food! :) Yum!

Maggie Sefton said...

I do, too, Mary. And those fiber festivals are especially enjoyable. They have fibers and yarns, etc of every color, booths with all sorts of creative, artististi items like jewelry. Ohh, and my favorite which I just mentioned above----all the Fair Food! Hot fried French crullers, jams, apple butter, And Hot Cider. :)