Getting ready and getting excited for Maryland Sheep & Wool!
It’s almost here! The biggest wool event of the year. Don’t you think this is really the equivalent of Christmas for a seven year old?
We are doing pretty well getting organized and packed…but things are still jumping:
Debbie had all the skein winders going today with new natural dyed colors in the Border Leicester sport weight:
And Sue and I are setting up the different batches of yarn so we can bring and display as much as possible without creating claustrophobia in the booth (we hope anyway).
These are the yarns we are bringing:
• Border Leicester aran weight
• Targhee 3-ply
• Suffolk/Dorset boot sock
• Shropshire baby
• Border Leicester sport wt (nature dyed)
• Karakul (several new colors)
• Alpaca/Merino dyed-in-the-wool lace wt
• Corriedale/Corrie X
• Icelandic (many natural sheep colors and nature dyed)
• Shropshire double twist and
And, we have some new rovings to bring too. Here are the breeds we will have (some natural colors, some dyed-in-the-wool)
• Border Leicester
• Leicester Longwool
We are in the same location as last year: N26. When you come in the main gate, walk straight up the hill on Main Gate Lane towards Rt 70. When you pass the Yurt, continue straight, you’re close to our tent.
So…besides coming to see us, here are a couple things to consider doing:
• see the sheep shows, especially the Karakul show that will probably be about 11:30 am on Saturday and cheer Sue and her sheep on.
• watch the Parade of Breeds on Sunday at 12:30 in the show ring.
• if you are lucky, but I bet it’s full now, it would be really really cool to take Deb Robson’s class “Sheep Breeds Walk About.” I believe they will be making a stop at Sue’s RedGate pen to see her Karakuls. You can go see them on your own anytime, they are in barn 1.
• see the Sheep to Shawl competition on Sunday morning. There is a junior team competing: the Kool Jamz I believe is their name. They are using some Solitude Wool for their warp…but it’s great to see all the teams
• check out the skein and garment competition. Cindy O’Neill is entering the crocheted capelet that was exhibited in Annapolis last summer (it’s made with our Border Leicester sport yarn). We hope she wins a big ribbon!
• go to the book signing on Sunday: Andrea Price (who has designed a great vest pattern for us), Deb Robson, Gwen Steege and Clara Parkes are all signing their books. These are our wool/knitting heros, and some of our best promoters too!
Okay, that’s it. Gotta go, still have lots to do.
Hope to see you at the festival!!!!!