NY sheep and wool Day 1:
My first time in a long time attending the NY Sheep and Wool on Saturday. I usually go on Sunday.
It's a 1 hour casual drive to the Dutchess County Fair Grounds, along the scenic roads of the Hudson valley, meaning with normal traffic condtions, its 1 hr, door to door including parking. I paid toll at the Rhinecliff bridge at 11:40 certain I'd get into the lot by noon, perhaps 12:10. I arrived at the other side of the bridge at 12:20 and arrived via shuttle bus to the Main Gate at 12:45! That's right, it was so croweded they had us park at the entrance to the Bridge!
I discoverd too, that I have no phone signal at the fair grounds, so I did not rondevue with some friends, but all in all it was a lovely day.
I entered the drop spindle contest, not sure how I would compare. I placed third, even though the quality of my yarn was a bit sad, I've learned that spinning under pressure is very odd. There was a huge crowd and people taking photos, flash bulbs going off, the clock ticking, 15 min to spin as much as you can. I didn't drop the spindle or anything, but when I wraped it on the niddy noddy I had a break or two from poorly spun wool.
Shopping! I got a second Golding spindle. Its the 2" .85 oz solid purple heart whorl. It also came with a sample of roving, which was a mix of silk, wool, and glitz. It spun up beautifully. I think I see some sock yarn spinning in my future, though spinning for weaving is also catching my attention at moment.
NY Sheep and Wool Day 2:
There was no traffic getting to the fair grounds. (I stopped at Twisted Foods in Rosendale and got two pretzel rolls; as good as the ones in Berlin. ) I was hoping to see the punkin-chunkin but it was canceled.
I enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the show, running into several friends and buying roving.
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