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At the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Fest

At the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Fest
September 9, 2014 Mary Jo






It may not have the hype and luster of Rhinebeck, but this little Wisconsin fiber festival is not to be dismissed.  After three solid days there, I feel full to bursting with a renewed sense of vigor and excitement for all things wooly.


This Coopworth/Silk roving from Hidden Valley Farm Woolen Mill winked at me as I brushed by.  We’re old friends; this was the first year in three in which I didn’t buy more of this Leopard Frog colorway.  That which I bought last year is still waiting patiently to be spun, except for the small bit that sits as a sample for a new sweater.  The first time I bought it, you may remember, I spun and knit and then (sadly) felted it into an (unintentionally) Isadora-sized sweater.



Had I more wits about me Saturday morning, I would have entered Sweet Billy’s luxurious Cormo fleece into the competition.  Not having done that means it will be going up on the website for sale this week.  Last year’s fleece flew off my shelf in nearly a heartbeat, like delicious Cormo wool is known to do.  This year I will be sending out a newsletter blast to anyone signed up for the early bird notification.  Want to have first dibs on the five Cormo and Cormo/Rambouillet lamb fleeces I have available?  Sign up here.  Friday is the day those will go live.  Fair warning!




As in years past, I found a renewed sense of purpose as a Shepherdess.  I haven’t yet spoken here of the status of my flock and the fluctuations it sustained this summer, but I will muster the words soon.  Seeing the newborn lambs and the flowing wooly locks so irresistible to the touch, and hearing the constant chatter of the sheepish sort reaffirmed my love for sheep.  I was desperate for such an affirmation and I got it.


There was an excited buzz all weekend long about the release of Beth Smith’s new book – The Spinner’s Book of Fleece.  Imagine my excitement when I sat down to my first class of the festival (Cormo in a Nutshell) and found that she was the instructor.  I ended the festival with a yarn on the opposite end of the spectrum:  linen.  Mmmmmn linen.  What a great way to end the weekend.

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