The CT Sheep and Wool festival was this weekend. The weather was beautiful. I went and enjoyed a day of spinning outside with other hand spinners and shopping at the booths containing fiber and fiber tools. I came home with a beautiful Dogwood spindle from Spin-A-Bit. I also purchased a pretty periwinkle colored 30/70 angora rabbit/cormo wool roving. At the festival, I entered the spinning bee with my new spindle and won two categories: longest yarn and finest yarn on a spindle.
The dog wood trees will be blooming soon. I miss Shasta's dogwood tree that we planted at our Niantic home. I hope to plant another one here in our new yard once we have finished some of the stump clearing and have more of a yard to work with. For now I will enjoy my dogwood spindle and think of the beautiful flowers blooming on Shasta's tree.
Some of my handspun entries in the fiber competition also won ribbons.
The tapestry weaving I did with my hansdspun GSD fur and wool blended yarn won a first place in the weaving category.
The knitted lace scarf I made with my handspun yarn won a third place ribbon.
Monroe was my willing model with the finished shawl. She also modeled with the the yarn a few times during the spinning process last summer.
The singles were plied on my Louet S10 wheel. The final yard was 22 wpi and 3000 yd/lb. I must really like this color as the roving I purchased at the festival this weekend is very similar in color.
The hanspun skeins that I entered at at the fiber festival also won ribbons. The categories that I won were 2 ply, 3 ply, and exotic. I ended up with more than $30 in prize money - which I rapidly spent at the festival fiber booths.
While I was out playing with wool, Art was home building raised beds for a vegetable garden.
Our back yard is still waiting for a tractor to clear out the stumps, so it will be a while before we get started on putting in grass and plants. Here are a few before pictures. Hopefully by this fall I will have new after photos to share that have grass in them.
If I stand with the stump piles to my back, the view isn't so bad. But I do look forward to the day when we can put in a lawn.