Sunday, November 11, 2007

Clean Up Sunday

I am blogging today for the sake of NaBloPoMo. We cleaned today. DH spent 4 hours with the deck brush and the hose scrubbing the patio around the house. The funk that grows on the concrete here was getting to be way slippery like an ice rink. I almost busted my tuchus a few times. It is much better now.

Oh, I just remembered that I never posted about the Wisconsin Wool & Sheep Festival. MIL, Connor and I went while we were at home. If you live anywhere near Wisconsin and enjoy wool and knitting, spinning, crochet, weaving, felting, etc., I highly recommend it. I am now wondering if I can finagle a trip home next year for it again.

The sheep, rabbits, alpacas, and lambs were so adorable. And the fibers were amazing. I saw my first $90 skien of yarn. I about fell over. I also saw a woman knitting while walking. I was almost stalking her actually. I couldn't stop watching...she was knitting Continental style (see for videos of Continental style) and it looked so smooth and fluid. I am a "thrower", I knit English style I guess. I think that is what it is called. I tried to knit Continental and just can't get it to work right with threading my yarn in my left hand and keeping decent tension. Did I mention that I am impatient and give up easily if I have a way that already works? Maybe some other day I can try it again.

You want pictures, you say? Okey dokey.

Isn't this precious? Connor got to pet one of the lambs brothers.

Spinning, Weaving, Knitting. And then there was me, standing there like a dork, taking pictures while my tongue was probably hanging out of my head. I was amazed, okay?

So gorgeous. And greasy. Blech.

This one won the blue ribbon for it's category. I don't know anything else about it except that it sure is pretty.

The KKK leader for sheep (I'm kidding) The cover just reminds me of their costumes. He had a thing for that gate.

MIL & Connor

I love this alpaca. Looks a little crazy in the eye if you ask me.
Puffball. I watched as the owner of this rabbit had to tell some kids not to pull it's hair out. If you pet it and hair came out, okay, but no pulling. Naughty kids.

Whew, that was a long day, Mom. I am hoping that where ever we end up next year, they have a sheep & wool festival. I didn't buy much. A "learn to spin" kit with a homemade drop spindle. Which I have tried a couple of times and am about to pitch out the door. I also bought a needle felting kit for a cute pincushion. I thought it had everything included. Guess that is what I get for thinking. Now that I am back in BFE, I have to figure out where to get a few felting needles. eBay here I come!



Kendra said...

I would have loved to have gone to a show like that! Of course I would be more interested in the critters than the knitting...but that's just how I am! I'm drawn to critters, always have been, always will be.

If alpacas weren't so danged expensive, I'd love to raise them. To get a decent breeding pair would be in the upper $1000's range! That's why I'm settling for sheep or goats...someday, anyway.

I bet Connor like all those animals! I know my girls would have. :-)

J's Place said...

Great pictures. I dont know how that lady could walk and knit sheesh. Connor is getting so big and cute. Time goes by way to fast doesnt it.


~Kim~ said...

Gosh, never heard of it. My Mom is the knitter, and she can knit in the dark. Thank goodness I didnt inherit that gene. LOL

Thanks for sharing your day with us!


Jenn said...

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

loretta said...

Great pictures! That is the fluffiest bunny in the whole wide world!