This past weekend we visited the Garden State Sheep and Wool Festival in Lambertville, NJ. Now that we've moved, we're a lot closer to the fairgrounds where the festival is held and no longer have to deal with all the crazy weekend traffic from the city-people driving out to Pennsylvania.
This year we spent a nice, leisurely Saturday petting sheep and alpaca...
watching Seamus get his face painted...
and of course touching lots of yarn and roving...
The highlight of our trip was when Seamus got to help one of the farmers with the sheep shearing demonstration. It was this particular sheep's first time under the clippers, and the farmer explained that if you get all four of the sheep's feet off the ground they'll go limp and won't try to run off.
Seamus got to keep a handful of the wool he shaved.
The Jacob Sheep are always our favorite with their head full of horns (four to be exact).
Seamus got to take one of those horns home.
I got to take home enough superfine alpaca wool to make both kids sweaters and hats this fall. I also purchased some felted soap from an alpaca farmer and soapmaker. I love it and have been felting some of my own soap lately.
Since we're poor now, this is probably the only fiber festival we'll attend this year, but it was worth it. These festivals always signal the beginning of fall to me, and the days since have brought much cooler temperatures. I'm totally ready for pumpkins and wool sweaters, Halloween costumes and changing leaves.