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:
My favourite is Lenny with those long curls. Some of the amazing facts I learnt were:
- We breed sheep to have coats of wool like this….it is not a natural occurrence.
- If they are not sheared then they can die from maggots, or from getting stuck on their backs (the wool is heavy when wet).
- The farmers just about break even from selling the fleece on (which seems criminal).
- 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!
He made it look so easy. As we walked around we saw some alpacas.
There were some lovely ladies spinning who made it look so easy.
Finally, of course there had to be yarn. I fell in love with some yarn (of course) from Native Yarns
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.