Every year I look forward to the incredible Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. It always falls at such an ideal time: the weekend between my birthday and Mother's Day.
One of the things we always love to watch is the sheep shearing demonstration. This gentleman kept the feisty Scottish Blackface remarkably calm...
...and, using hand shearers, took off the coat in one beautifully big piece:
Of course, sheep demonstrations are a pretty small part of the festival for me. I go for the fiber off the hoof. My stash has gotten ridiculous in the last few years so I promised myself I would not buy a lot of new yarn. I went with one booth in mind: Seacolors.
And from this booth came my only significant purchase. I bought enough yarn for a sweater for myself, in very muted colors (which actually are pretty colorful for me):
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One of the coolest things is seeing blog friends. I'm pretty sure I saw the Fiddlin' Fool and young Jamie from Two Sock Knitters. I also saw, I think, Anne Hanson from Knitspot, accompanied by the gorgeous model for her Hypoteneuse stole. And best of all? While David was waiting for me, sitting on the floor of the main hall knitting squares for the knitted quilt our family is making, Shani recognized him from the pictures on this blog and asked him if he was David!