Thursday, January 10, 2013

and the winner is...

We were able to attend the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg PA yesterday. Some volunteer time and then time for wandering.

We came across this sheep as 8 groups prepared for the sheep to shawl competition. She was shorn, then covered with a jacket while her team carded, spun and wove her fleece into a shawl in 2.5 hours.

I thought she was beautiful, and her dark wool, set against the array of colors already on the loom, created a shawl that was the winner.

The teams were impressive, working in concert, creating intricate weaving a under pressure of time and competition to complete a beautiful work of art. What a treasure.

The sheep shearer we spoke to said the next competition like this is in May, at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. That can be tough for us to get off farm, so it might just be next January before we see this again!

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