We had many wonderful crocheted items on display with just about every imaginable natural fiber ... wool, alpaca, corn, silk, soy, cotton ... and offered free beginner crochet lessons, demonstrations on Tunisian (also known as the Afghan stitch), and crocheting with unspun roving -- all a hit with the many, many people who stopped by to talk with us!
Because I was busy in the HHCC booth, I gave the McDee's the job of learning about angora rabbits for Pat, who had emailed me stating that her grandson was interested in raising some but would be unable to attend. One of the things the McDee's learned is that you don't feed them lettuce or celery -- I never knew that! Of course my Mr. Dee was given a job to do too -- he was to be my "roving" reporter (ha! a pun!) taking pictures of this milestone festival. In retrospect, I'm glad my time outside of our booth was limited -- it was some 90°F and I would have fried!
When I did venture out, I scooped up just a bit more unspun roving -- and unspun silk for my stash! Mr. Dee also snagged me a commemorative T-shirt and pin, and even stood in line (for a near century) to bring me back a bowl of their coveted lamb stew!
Here are some more blog entries I found detailing yesterday's 100th Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival (if I find more, I'll post them tomorrow when I discuss crocheting with unspun roving):
- NLS Stitches: http://www.nlsstitches.com/journal/2009/4/26/ct-s-w-100th-anniversary.html
- Livnletlrn: http://livnletlrn.blogspot.com/2009/04/that-was-blast.html
- Cafe Eclectic: http://cafe-eclectic.net/2009/04/25/connecticut-sheep-wool-festival/
- Of Alpacas and School Children: http://ofalpacasandschoolchildren.blogspot.com/2009/04/ct-sheep-and-wool-festival.html
- Knitting Out Loud: http://ofalpacasandschoolchildren.blogspot.com/2009/04/ct-sheep-and-wool-festival.html
- Emma and Will: http://emmaandwill.blogspot.com/2009/04/connecticut-sheep-wool-and-fibre.html
After the festival my family and I hooked up with some of our relatives for dinner. We had a great time visiting -- and let me state this: folks, if you haven't had any medical training, you should seriously consider it. You NEVER know when you'll need it. Although my emergency medical card expired, the training I had will be with me forever. ((Yes, renewing it is on my list of things to do)) Well wishes for a speedy recovery go out to my nephew today who had accidently sliced his finger last night with a carving knife requiring immediate medical treatment. And we thought the sheep had it bad during their sheerings yesterday...