This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival: We Did It!

My friend Jay and I went to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival today. We saw sheep, and llamas, and alpacas, and bunnies, and . . . YARN!!!

One of the coolest things we saw were animals from Work In Progress Farm, which is working farm. After checking out their website, they also have alpacas, pigs, sheep, and mini horses. One of the owners gave a talk while the angora goats were being sheared. Most of the goats were very quiet, but one kept bleating bloody murder as she was sheared by a man named Jeff.

Before the shearing, one of the goats was very forward  and demanding of snacks from her admirers.

I saw him shearing sheep last year at this same festival.

The owners of WIP Farm are in blue polo shirts, talking about the fleece that was being sheared from their goat.

There were lots of alpacas at the fair.

Some had been sheared, and some hadn't. I think sheared alpacas are very funny looking, because they have such pencil necks.

And of course, sheep!
I am not sure what kind of sheep this is, but of course, "Baa, baa black sheep" is going through my head.

These are blue face Leicester sheep. I've made a sweater from BFL wool.

This is a Shetland sheep. I really like the horns.

There was also some yarn purchases that were made, but I shall post those another day.

It was a very fun day, since Jay knows a lot about different sheep breeds, and which ones spin most easily. It was great to peruse the yarns that were on sale, and like dear Queen Victoria, who, when she was a mere slip of a Princess, vowed to be good, I, too, was good, and didn't buy too much yarn. And everything I got already has a project attached to it. Now, if only I had the time to knit all these projects! Next blog post, pictures of the yarn. I know you can't wait!


  1. Okay, now I'm REALLY jealous after seeing these photos. Next time you're planning to see sheep and alpacas, let me know!

    1. I'll see what I can do. Seriously, though, Jay texted me the day before the event, and it was a last minute thing for me.