The Cummington fair was the perfect size for my first experience -- it had a sheep dog trial area,
|(that's Roy working to get the sheep through a gate)|
a space for sheep shearing and showing,
|(this cutie was just groomed)|
a tent under which were spinners,
|(I didn't get a chance to try my hand at spinning but I definitely want to try next time)|
and another tent for drop-in knitting and weaving. We got to the fair mid-morning, and I went straight for the three craft barns where I met spinners, hand-dyers, weavers, and, of course, avid knitters.
There were so many beautiful bags of fleece and yarns of every type and while I dashed from stall to stall wishing to buy a few skeins from each and every shop, I was incredibly disciplined and chose carefully.
|(that's me -- and that's pretty much what I looked like at every stall)|
I saw and touched so many interesting yarns, and I met so many dedicated makers of high-quality products. It was such a great experience, and I want to spend some time highlighting the various stalls I visited and bought from. So over the next few blog posts I'll be writing about the Cummington Sheep and Wool Fair. Stay tuned!