Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Estes Park Wool Market

This last month the Wool Market was the happening place in Estes Park, CO. If you have never been to Estes Park, it really is worth the visit. It is so beautiful, with deer, elk and moose just hanging out with the rest of us. The views are absolutely breath taking.

We arrived around 10 am at the Fairgrounds which was very easy to find, right off the highway. There was ample parking when we got there so it was already starting off to be a great day.

Now, you know those butterflies that start fluttering all about when you are excited about something? Well, I those butterflies were all over the place for me, I was supa excited as we made our way to the our first tent, which was the Vendor tent.

From WoolFest

So many luscious fibers to see, fondle, grope, fondle. I got overwhelmed. I did a walk through once and didn't purchase a thing. I think my mind just went into over drive with all the creative inspirations I just didn’t know what to do! I realized that the sheep sheering demonstration was coming up so, I figured it would be a good opportunity to try to gather my bearings and come up with a strategic plan for when I was ready to dive back into the vendor tent.

After the sheep shearing, I went off to visit the critters in the other tents. There was the Sheep Tent, Goat Tent, Alpaca Tent and Bunny tent. Boy was I in spinner critter heaven! It took a lot of will power, not to be confused with “wheel” power to not buy the cute little bunny with floppy ears and eyes that promised beautiful fur she would allow me to spin into next to skin soft yarns. Sigh. Someday little bunny, someday.

So I made my way back to the vendor tent, this time with a plan in mind. I started on my mission. I picked up some Alpaca because the 3 pounds I already have at home isn’t enough, but this was very pretty dyed alpaca. I got some Wensendale wool since I nave not yet spun with Wensyndal wool. I also got lots and lots of mohair locks. Some already dyed and some natural so I can play around dyeing my own.I subscribed to Wild Fibers magazine and also got a calendar from this artist. So cute!

Just when I thought I was done, next thing I knew my arms where full of really cool fibers from Bonkers. I don’t know what happened, one minute I was on my way out, finished shopping, the next I was in her booth drooling. What can you do? It’s not my fault she put some “moth to a fire” spell on her fibers.

Good thing Tour De Fleece is coming up. I have sooo much to choose from and spin up. Did I tell you I also ordered my bulky flyer for my matchless? Life is good!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Bliss I

It may not be officially summer yet, but with our upper 80’s and 90 degree weather, it sure feels like it!

I’m a summer girl for sure and have spent every moment possible outdoors. I am soaking it all up!

Fantastic Summer Meals.....

Spinning at the Park...

And look here, that’s a woodpecker home in the big branch there. Look closely and you see one of the woodpeckers. And yes! They have babies! They are still itty bitty I’m sure, but we can hear them chirping away....

I can't wait to see these little birdies start their new adventures. What adventures will you have this summer?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Kick-Off!

My previous post, I was super excited to get back to normal life again.... lol. Right.

I contemplated writing about the too fast and too furious roller coaster that began. From the slow creep up, up, up... to an inevitable and long emotional fall. A little jolt to the immune system, followed by a crazy loop of crazy fun and back down full speed ahead to a dead stop. Now, everything is still and I have time to breath, think and catch up. I know I’ll be forced to jump on that ride again sooner or later, but for now life is on my terms.

There are lots of things in store this summer! I already kicked off in May going to Yarn School in Harveyville, KS. It was so AWESOME!!! I met a lot of really cool gals that totally talk sheep. Not once did I get that glazed wtf-are-you-talking-about stare. It was about 30 of us ladies happily spinning, fondling fibers and playing with the sheep and chickens all weekend long.

It had been rainy and gloomy well into the Spring, so Vegas was on the agenda to get that much needed Vitamin D and to get a jump on the summer tan. We had a blast and I won! I don’t know how much really, I just know I went with little cash and never once had to go to the ATM! Vegas was good to me.

Once we got back and settled, we spent Memorial day weekend stirring up the earth and planting our garden. Varieties of Tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, peas, broccoli, lettuce, onions, name it, we planted it! I so look forward to all our great veggie dinners again, and harvesting, roasting, jamming, sun drying and whatever else we can think of doing with our harvest.

So, what’s next?

I hope you too, have a wonderful summer planned!