Friday, September 8, 2017

Wool, Fiber, Sheep, and Dogs!

It is time to catch up before we are off again.

I have a couple of knitting finishes. First is this teal sweater.

It fits great but I don't have a picture wearing it yet. Maybe you can see a little more of the detail in this photo. 

Next is this gray poncho. I had Ray snap this shot with my phone a couple of minutes ago - sorry about the sweat pants.

I knit this with a good friend as a knit along (KAL). The poncho was an easy knit in stockinette stitch.

Then I had to drop stitches. This is the first time I have dropped stitches on purpose! I do love the effect.

Yesterday, we traveled to Wales! That would be Wales, Wisconsin. We stayed in a very nice airbnb rental and attended the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival today. The day started cold and rainy. We never lost the clouds but the rain did stop. 

We spent some time watching the Sheep Dog Trials. We both enjoyed watching the dogs herding the sheep. I loved watching them run and also creep through the grass. 
Waiting to begin

We didn't check out all of the animals in the barns - I guess looking at all of the sheep didn't sound nearly as exciting as looking at all of the wool, fiber, and yarn. There were two huge buildings with vendors.

We did shop! Ray's sock yarn is in the back on the left; mine is in the front on the left. The blue on the right is for my top. All of this yarn is bamboo and yak from Colorado.

My sock yarn (right) is merino, bamboo, and nylon. Ray's sock yarn (left) is merino and nylon.

This blank is merino from Sophie's Toes. It will become a scarf/shawlette. In case you are wondering, a blank is a piece of plain machine knitted fabric that is then hand-dyed. One unravels the knitting and knits a garment with the crinkled yarn. The yarn will "uncrinkle" when it is blocked.

There were lots of food choices at the festival - we decided to be healthy and enjoyed microgreens salads for lunch. The we decided to indulge and enjoyed huge brownies ala mode. 

On the way home, we stopped at the Cooksville General Store and found some Australian rootbeer. We thought the bottles were a lot neater than the taste of the rootbeer.🙃

Now we are getting ready for a trip north - that would be north to Canada. We will leave on Sunday and stop in northern Wisconsin for a few days and also in Minnesota. 

Before we leave, we'll be at a party with a great group of Oldtimers (other retirees) tomorrow. 

Guess I'd better get busy with my to-do list. The next 30 hours are going to fly by!


  1. Love the sweater and poncho! A fiber day for shopping sounds will be busy for the travels. Enjoy.

  2. Many, many years ago, we got to watch sheep dog trials (just examples, not real competition) and it was fun. Enjoy your trip.

  3. Your sweater is beautiful! As are all your new yarns. Enjoy your trip to Canada. Where are you headed this time?



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