Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival

I went to the CT Sheep and Wool Festival in Tolland, Connecticut today.

I found a lot of new fibers for the store and myself today. I also saw some cute little animals.

I almost took this rabbit home.


Here is a naked sheep next to wooly ones.

Alpacas (love)

Baby Sheep in a cage so I couldn’t steal them.

 a Sheep.

The largest spinning wheel I ever saw.

I met some great people and bought some new roving for the shop and for our Koolaid Dying Workshop in May. I also saw Eileen from Alpaca Hill, Patti from Maple View Farm, and Rose from Bittersweet Ridge!!!!

Drop Spinning Workshop: Part 2

Today we had the second part of our Spinning Workshop with Rose Garbien of Bittersweet Ridge.

Rose taught us how to hand-spin with a drop spindle. We learned how to ply our yarn and how to set it. We learned about all the different supplies and different materials we could use. We even learned how to use a spinning wheel! It was interesting and fun and we had a great time and learned a lot.


We were so lucky today because Rose brought in her spinning wheels and we were able to spend a few hours learning how to use them!!!!!

 After we all got a few turns we finished off our yarn by plying on our drop spindles.

Now I can set the twist and then I can dye (it if I like) With 1 oz of Shetland Wool I made about 20 yards of two ply beautiful hand spun yarn!!!!  Tomorrow I am going to wash this and hang it out to dry! I can’t wait.

I have to say I really loved learning how to make yarn. I want to thank Rose for teaching us! It was Awesome!