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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rewind - The Wool Market


The Estes Park Wool Market is proud to be "the largest fiber fest in the West".  It begins on Wednesday, with workshops on spinning, weaving and dyeing.  The weekend is devoted to demonstrations, contests and exhibits. Click here for more info. 

No surprise, what I enjoyed most was the animals.

alpacas aplenty!
 
bountiful bunnies!
(this one's an angora rabbit)
 
 
goats galore!
(this one's an angora goat)
 
plentiful paco-vicunas!
 
and best of all,
 
 
 
a slew of sheep.
This one's a Jacob sheep.
Cute, but he's no Jester (click here).
 
I took lots of video of the demos.  Unfortunately, my camera was off when I thought it was on, and vice versa.  I have a lot of footage of the ground.  I did manage some stills from the Junior Exhibitor Trail Class.
 
Some were more willing
 
than others.
Just like horses!
 
Can you stand more photos?
'Cause we haven't been to the vendors yet!
I won't show all 50 booths, I promise.
 
Spinning wheels!
 
Yarns!
 
Roving!
 
 
My favorite?
 
This vendor, hands down.
 
Let's take a closer look -
 
It's bison fiber!
 
Of course I had to ask how you shear a bison/buffalo.
You don't.
They hand-gather clumps of down the bison shed.
The mind boggles.
 
 

19 comments:

Karen Burch said...

Do you knit?

I think I would have flipped out over the bison wool and bought something just to have it. I've seen Bison shed out in the spring and they have these huge dreds hanging off them. I just didn't know you could spin it and weave it. Although, I guess it makes sense.

Kay G. said...

GReat photos! Those sweaters from bison look great, no BULL! HA HA

Hey, I think I am taking video all the time, and get home, and ...nothing!

Lori Skoog said...

A ginormous event! Thecrazysheeplady would have loved it.

(I just finished "Bull's Island" by Dorthea Benton Frank)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Been there with the video :-(. What a great festival - and a handsome Jacob ram :-).

Lauren @ She Moved To Texas said...

I love the fluffy bunnies :)

Dreaming said...

Oh, my! You must have felt like you were in Heaven!

Em Parkinson said...

Fabulous post and lovely to hear from you! I adore that Angora Goat...

Ruffles said...

Oh wow! Cute!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would love to visit this place!! Look at all those furry creatures!!

Jim said...

Oh my! I can see you had a 'hay day' there Terry!
Look at all that fibre!! I love alpaca and I see that Bison/buffalo works well too. We bought socks a couple of years ago at a wool farm in PEI made of Muskox and wear them inside all winter long!
Too funny, but disappointing too, about the videos.....we have experience at this as well!!

Once Upon an Equine said...

Love your use of the animal alphabet. Looks like a fabulous festival...ok, the alphabet thing is catching. I could run up a big shopping bill there.

sophie...^5 said...

Terry...I would have died and gone to heaven if I had visited this...love anything woollie! The curlie goat is too much!!

Thanks for this!!

Ron

Fundy Blue said...

Hey Terry! Loved this post!!! I don't have a lot of collectables, but I have some textiles and baskets from around the world. I was literally drooling over the yarns in the yarn booth! The animals you photographed were so cute! It looks like you had an awesome weekend!

ruma said...


Hello, Terry.

  Your exquisite work leads my impression.
  The passion for the art.  It is universal.

  Thank you visit to my garden.
  The prayer for all peace.

Have a good weekend. From Japan, friday night  ruma❃

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Love the angoRa goat....

Kay G. said...

Oh my, I left a comment here, but I see it didn't make it through to you!
I love all these photos of the animals and those sweaters made from bison are amazing, that's no bull! HA HA

Kay G. said...

Oh wait, scratch my last comment, I see my comment towards the beginning of your comemnts!
I need more coffee and better reading glasses! LOL! xx

Angelikas Photographic Sketchbook said...

Wow! What a lot of wool. So many generous animals that donate to us poor freezing people. Well put!

Im A Chickadeegirl said...

These animals are so adorable and your photos are terrific!