The day we went to a WOOL Fair

We woke up to sunshine today and with no plans. A quick scan on twitter and I saw that there was a wool fair on at a local national trust property. (Thanks to Celia Hart.) Our day was now sorted :).

We had a lovely time. As we walked in there was a great display from the Sheep Show. Firstly we were introduced to these lovely characters:

Some fine examples of some of the different species of sheep.

Some fine examples of some of the different species of sheep.

My favourite is Lenny with those long curls. Some of the amazing facts I learnt were:

  1. We breed sheep to have coats of wool like this….it is not a natural occurrence.
  2. If they are not sheared then they can die from maggots, or from getting stuck on their backs (the wool is heavy when wet).
  3. The farmers just about break even from selling the fleece on (which seems criminal).
  4. The oil found on sheep (lanolin) is very good for the hands and is in almost everything that you put on the skin – creams, sun lotions etc.

He then demonstrated how to sheer a sheep. Apparently sitting the sheep on its bottom relaxes it!

Sheering beginning - see how relaxed the sheep is?

Sheering beginning – see how relaxed the sheep is? Keep the skin taught and all will be well!

Much cooler now.

Much cooler now.

The complete fleece, all in one piece.

The complete fleece, all in one piece.

He made it look so easy. As we walked around we saw some alpacas.

Their faces are so cute and their fleeces so thick!

Their faces are so cute and their fleeces so thick!

There were some lovely ladies spinning who made it look so easy.

We were fascinated to see all the different types of wheels, there was even an electric one!

We were fascinated to see all the different types of wheels, there was even an electric one!

Finally, of course there had to be yarn. I fell in love with some yarn (of course) from Native Yarns

All dyed naturally.

All dyed naturally.

I loved that being based in Suffolk they had names their yarns from places in Suffolk. My favourite was the Southwold. Southwold is very special to us as a family and the yarn was gorgeous. I shall be purchasing a skein. The other lovely thing was that the stall had swatches hanging all around. What a great way to show case your yarn. It is obviously a family company as they were both very friendly – giving my children lessons in maths and talking freely about the designs and patterns.

All in all we had a lovely time. It was typically National Trust, all local, well laid out including craft activities for the children. Thank you to Celia Hart for the heads up.

Joanne also went to this (as we were leaving) and has blogged about it here.

 

 

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25 thoughts on “The day we went to a WOOL Fair

  1. Gallivanta

    What a great show. Quite funny to think that today I was out looking for a sheep to photograph. Didn’t find one. Guess they were all over your way! 😉

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  2. KerryCan

    How fun! That shearer did a great job, to get the sheep so clean and keep the fleece in one piece! It’s hard to believe all those colors came from natural dyes–wow!

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  3. Leah

    What an awesome day! I totally geek out reading reports like this..it’s so awesome to see a full wool festival. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Celia

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂 I went along with another tweeter, Su of @TinyAcorns and we were probably following you around as we saw and loved all the same things as in your blog – and we both bought a skein from Native Yarn. Did you watch the Green Dragon Morris dancers? We thought the dragon drummer was fab!

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      1. feelgoodknitting

        Yes, but I thought meat sheep were generally separate breeds from wool sheep, same as meat cows are different from dairy cows. If quality wool producers also make good meat, that makes a lot more sense.

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