Usually I go to the Puyallup Fair on overcast days - and after seeing how lethargic the animals were today I wish it had been overcast rather than the upper 80s. Anyway, I had a special reason for going on this particular day though. First, the pigmy goats:
Darn heat. Normally they are always running around the pen and causing trouble. I love pigmy goats. I wish I had a couple of them around the house sometimes. At the Evergreen Fair they had 2 day old pigmy goats and they were overwhelmingly cute. I definitely had a lot better animal exposure and experience at the Evergreen Fair. And that is a big reason I usual go to fairs (not for the rides or the food or the crowds). The Evergreen Fair also had draft mules this year and I wish I had a photo of them...I wish I had a few of those with my pigmy goats...
Now for the special reason I was there: SHEEP TO SHAWL
Today's team had two pretty special ladies on it - everyone on that team is great, but these two women are special to me. One lady is the mom of my great friend since junior high. I have very fond memories of her craft room where she had yarns and wools and a spinning wheel. She used to spin at the Marymoor Park Heritage Festival (this fair has since been discontinued - a real loss in my opinion). And the other special lady on the team was a very key person in me learning to knit. Her mom and her owned a yarn store in Issaquah which I went in regularly for knitting group and private assistance. Really wonderful and creative women. I am thinking good thoughts that they do well today. I hope someone sends me a photo of the finished product.
Here is a good article on what a Sheep to Shawl event is if you don't know. I really don't know much about it myself and this is the first time I have gone and watched a team. They were having a good time and the second time I came around they had a little crowd watching them. You can't really talk to them much because they need to stay focused; but they are all smiles and seem to really be enjoying it.
Stinging the beads in preparation (she was the one with the great craft room I used to hang out with my junior high friend in):
I sort of dread trying to explain the following photo since I know zero about looms but I know she was tying off yarns. Sigh. That explanation came out worse than I planned. What can I say - she taught me how to knit. Look at that happy smile!