Friday, September 07, 2007

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool

What a relaxing evening. I am so blessed to have this little festival in the backyard of my workplace. I knew all day that I would be rolling out about 5pm to go see yarn - ah. On Friday nights the "country store" is open for free admission - so I have made a point of going on Friday night the past two years - and then if I have to go back, it'll cost me, so it makes me think twice:)

I enjoyed a leisurely stroll among the booths. I wasn't looking for anything, just browsing. Well, maybe I was looking for any new sock needles - always in search of "that" set that I won't break with my ridiculously tight tension. I picked up a set of addi bamboo dpn to try and a addi turbo lace for my cast on candle flame shawl. So, practical.

Then I wandered over to the booth of Wool and Company - a shop that originates in Geneva, Illinois. I lost my head briefly and grabbed to skeins of Shibuiknits in Orchid - colors very reminiscent of my profile picture jaywalkers - though varigated. There is always more room in my stash for pink and green. The yarn looked like Koigu at first glance so it seems very worthy of a try. I had to move along before I grabbed some Malabrigo lace - they had some gorgeous colors - run, Stacey, run. I did pick up a couple of gift items and headed on to the next aisle.

I stopped short of buying Cat Bordhi's new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Paging through the it just further convinced me that I will need to buy this at some point. I was listening to the Socks in the City podcast and Dharmafey was raving about the book too. It's a matter of time. But today wasn't the day.

I was hoping for a skein of handspun to commemorate the gathering but nothing jumped out at me, at least nothing I could afford - bearing in mind I fell down the Wollmeise hole again recently...So I moved onto the sheep barns.

omg, I think I am in love with sheep. They were lowing at me, which I took as a sweet greeting. It was dinner time, so it was hard to get a good picture - though I did have a couple of posers.
I was curious about these guys - made me think of the Ku Klux Klan (which I realize is not a positive association). I'm going to have to check into why they are wearing these costumes, surely there must be a good reason to dress sheep up like this. Probably some very obvious reason that was lost on me...
I think my favorite sheep was the small shetland - it looked like a giant version of my fat cat. I love the orange hue.
I just felt so good, wandering, admiring these guys, so thankful for the wool they provide. Gosh, it felt ethereal somehow. I would have hugged them if I could have managed to figure out how to do that, you know, in a casual way. There really is no nonchalant way to hug sheep, I was thinking creatively. I just tried to send them subliminal thoughts - "Thank you sheep, you are my heros".

It was also kind of neat to think some of you bloggers might have been trolling for goodies right there with me and I wouldn't even know it. I heard one woman say she was meeting her husband there and I wondered if that was the woman at ravelry who had commented something like that - kind of fun to be secretly guessing who is in blogland. I almost wanted to don my Cosmopolitan Jaywalkers and mary janes just to see if someone might recognize my feet. Simple pleasures.


Blogger Kristy said...

I'm glad you had such a good time! You'll have to put up pics of your new yarn :)

Those sheep are really cute!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

I"m so jealous! You spent your evening with such cute sheeps!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing all the sweet sheep pictures. It looks and sounds like you had a great time.

I was at my knitting group the other night, and a new woman joined. Her name was very unusual...very similar to a blogger I visit online often. Alas it wasn't her, but I was briefly so excited to meet a fellow blogging knitter.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

You should have put those socks on!! I was at a wedding last month and though I did not meet a fellow knitblogger I did meet someone who recognized my Icarus as being an Icarus. And also being of KnitPicks Shadow. OK, not as cool as meeting a knitblogger, but still...

Oh, and those costumes? They are for when the sheep fight crime (courtesy of the Goshen Fair last fall - I am so bummed I don't get to go this year because now I live Far Far Away - phooey).

12:07 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

What a fun post--my friend Phil who owns a flock of sheep near Viroqua is going today is going todau to buy a ram!! I am so jealous....

6:35 AM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

I like the fighting crime theory, but really the costumes are for keeping the fleece clean and neat between extensive grooming and judging. (learned that a couple years ago at the MN state fair).

Sounds like a fabulous festival. Now I'm kicking myself for not scheduling a visit to my parents for this weekend.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

I love cute sheep. :)

10:32 AM  
Blogger Diana @ Photodee said...

You are so funny...those Jaywalkers are totally your trademark! They make me think of you!

9:08 PM  
Blogger MollyBeees said...

Wasn't it the greatest! Mr. Bee and I went this morning and he got me a Bayne spinning wheel for my upcoming birthday! Squeal!!!!

9:18 PM  
Blogger bockstark.knits said...

where are the gratuitous (sp?) yarn pics??? i wish we had that kind of fiber fest here!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

yeah, where are the photos??

11:18 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Awww, cute sheep. Who knew sheep dressed up? They didn't appear to mind a bit. That sounded like fun evening!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Knitterella said...

Wish there was something like that in my neighborhood. How cool!

6:40 AM  

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