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Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Fest

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Last weekend, Mike and I took a trip to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. This was the first year that I either was in town, not working, or had money to really enjoy it. We got up nice and early on Saturday and arrived at about 9:30 to get a jump on the crowd. We browsed and talked to vendors our first pass around. I wanted to make sure to see everything and not buy something for the sake of buying it. We found it was very easy to get overwhelmed quickly.

One of my goals for the day was to check out the Fiber Optics booth. I fell down and ended up with a few quality items. She’s got such wonderful colors and I’m looking forward to knitting up the yarn I bought. I’ve already started on one project but more on that later in the week.

My other goal was to find a fleece and we did from Sara at Equinox Farm. I’ve been reading her blog for years and met her a few times. I went out to her farm for Hug a Sheep Day once and I was excited to get the opportunity to buy one of her fleeces at the fiber fest. I ended up with a gorgeous Jacob fleece from a ewe named Casper Belly. This is my first fleece and after talking with Sara I’m going to go ahead and process it myself. I was torn between Petunia (the cute brown sheep up above) and Casper Belly, both were really nice quality fleeces but I know I made the right choice. I still have about 8 oz. from a wether she lost last summer that I need to spin up but I’ve been waiting until I was good enough to spin it evenly.

I spent a long time talking with Laura from The Unique Sheep. She’s got a farm in Lexington and we talked about raising sheep and our plan for the future which will hopefully involve sheep. I ended up purchasing some sock yarn from her and I think I’m going to make another linen stitch scarf out of it. At some point I’m going to have to buy the yarn for Now in a Minute from her.

On Sunday, we spent the late afternoon at the Bluegrass Stockdog Trials. It was interesting to watch the dogs at work and the partnership they have with their owners. It’s impressive when you think about the amount of work that goes into building a team like that.

It was a great weekend and I’m already counting the days until next May. My ultimate goal is to spin/knit all of the yarn/fiber that was purchased this weekend before then but we’ll see. Thanks to the folks who put it on once again and the great vendors that came out. This wasn’t around when I first started knitting and I’m going to try to catch it every year that we live here in Lexington.

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