Friday, November 9, 2012
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair--October 2012
Katie and I enjoyed looking around trying to decide what to purchase. We went in together and bought a WILD drum carder. This is a small carder to make "fancy" batts to spin. We then searched for glitz to add to our own roving. We bought Angelina sparkly stuff, Merino nepps, silk, Chinese grass, and even recycled soda bottles (a shiny white, soft fiber). Katie was in search of exotic fibers to purchase and try her hand at spinning. She bought yak, camel, Navaho-churro, Finn, Jacob, and some other rare breed wool. This will be fun to play with this winter!!
Saturday was the junior sheep show...Katie and Lauren aged out several years ago. We watched part of that and then went to the fleece show where we had several fleeces from our spring clip. They were in the primitive class with other Shetlands and some Jacobs. There were 1st and 2nd placings in both white and natural colored. We didn't win anything...the reason...because we had skirted our fleeces so well which the judge said was wonderful and perfect for handspinners wanting a fleece but---they didn't have enough bulk compared to the fleeces that hadn't been skirted as well. Oh well! The fiber mill will be happy!!
Sunday was a very, very, very cold and windy day. SAFF ended at 4 and the show went on until about 6. Above is Katie showing Hidaway Farms Cedar in the ram lamb class. We sold his father that we had for about 6 years and decided to use this little guy as his replacement. He will receive 3 ewes in his breeding group this year.
It was wonderful to see and connect with old friends and new ones. We saw many that we have sold sheep to and many more that would like to purchase their very own in the future. About 7 families show Shetlands these days. We are excited to say that around 5 of them started out their flocks with Hidaway Farms Shetlands!!
Next post.. a new breed beginning at Hidaway Farms, a new Shetland flock sire, and a new craft that uses up some roving which we have in abundance.