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CA Wool & Fiber Festival 2016

I’ve been in New England for about a week hanging out with the bride-to-be. (She loves her shawl!) The wedding is only 9 days away, and we’ve been crafting hard to create the final touches for the wedding, like favors, decorations, center pieces, and welcome bags. There’s still plenty to do over the course of the next week, but we’ve been trying to set aside some time for fun and self care. Just yesterday we spent the morning  apple picking at a U-pick farm, had a nice lunch out, and then relaxed with a couple massage and facial sessions in the afternoon. It was lovely. πŸ™‚

And now, here are some photos I promised from the CA Wool and Fiber Festival two weekends ago. And, yes, before you ask, I did come home with some fiber (no pictures yet unfortunately) : 8 ounces of milky white Mohair locks from Buckeye Farms,  4 ounces of naturally black Merino roving from Kirabo Pastures,  and then 2 ounces of imported naturally gray Gotland locks and 2 ounces white Teeswater locks from the Black Diamond Alpacas booth.  What can I say? I was in a very curly mood I guess.

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Wool in the Raw
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Display table on spinning wool
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Kirabo Pastures and other vendors beyond
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Nebo Rock Textiles
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Morro Fleece Works
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Morro Fleece Works
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Carolina Homespun
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Sincere Sheep
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Dreamy Goat Design Studio
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Fiber demos and auction
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Wool judging and auction
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Wool judging and auction
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Shearing demo
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Fleece skirting demo
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Lil’ kid
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Sheep looking for cuddles
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Cuddles
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Beautiful curly locks
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Navajo Churro sheep
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Navajo Churro sheep
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Very large sheep
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Fluffy sheep
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Sheep in their little coats
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Shetland sheep
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Shetland sheep

In addition to buying some fiber at the fair I was able to chat and network with a lot of the vendors. I was feeling happy/proud, because I’ve gained a lot more fibery knowledge about spinning, dyeing, and felting since last year’s fair, and I was actually able to ask some useful advice questions.

After coming home that day I was inspired to spin. So I worked on spinning some Jacob top on my Navajo spindle for a couple of hours that evening and the next day. I’ve got a nice little cop built up on my spindle now. Very squishy.

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