I went to this year's event with two goals:
1. Hold an angora rabbit.
2. Don't buy yarn.
I'm on a yarn diet right now. Urban dictionary says this happens when crafters go broke, but in my case, what happened was a hiatus from knitting due to fractured trapezium, thus causing my yarn stash to take up space and not get used.
Surprisingly enough, I accomplished both goals!
1. I met an angora rabbit:
|He didn't have a name. Let's go with the obvious... Fluffy it is!|
2. I didn't buy any yarn. I "showed good use of restraint," to quote one of my favorite college design professors. But... I did buy soap:
|Mint Medley from Heaven Sent Home Spun, who came all the way from Gerald, Missouri for the big event.|
Now, to the sheep! This year, I sat in the bleachers and watched a sheep show (think American Kennel Club for sheep), where judges were awarding ribbons for the best in show.
|All lined up and ready for the judge.|
I also wandered through the barn and made some adorable new friends, big and small:
But Sheep & Wool isn't all about the sheep...
|It's also about kitsch (like this fab sock monkey and ram duo).|
And of course, YARN! I opted to focus my photos on rainbow hues. Just so pretty:
And of course, there was a Wisconsin touch:
|Green Bay Packers yarn, anyone?|
Fluffy things and pretty colors: a perfect day for an animal-loving craft addict like myself.
For my report on the 2011 Sheep & Wool Festival, click here.