Saturday I participated in the 1st annual Whatcom SkillShare and Barter Faire
As you might guess, my SkillShare was spinning. I brought a whole bunch of wool, carders, two wheels, and some yarn and small items to barter with if the opportunity arose.
It was a good time. I really enjoyed talking to people about wool and spinning, and folks seemed to appreciate having a chance to get behind the wheel and see what they could do.
There were also people demonstrating and instructing people on drop spindle and supported spindle spinning. So we had a whole array of options for the wool-curious to check out.
And I actually did my first ever bit of bartering! I brought home a reversible little project bag, some grapefruit scented hand cream, facial toner, and herbal soap. Mmmmm. good smellin’ stuff 🙂
Then today, much to my amazement, my stupid rope trick (see Outsmarting the Smarty Sheeps worked again! So I had the chance to spend some quality time with Frank and get the last of this Fall’s shearing done.
Oh my gosh! He actually is white under all that messy wool!
So that was cool. All the boys are fresh and sporty-lookin’.
And sewing. Lets not forget about the sewing.
Really pleased with how this is going so far.
Hope that I didn’t just jinx myself by writing that 😉
Still have most of the side and under-sleeve seams to go, but
The sleeves are in! The sleeves are in!
Can you tell how excited I am?
I’d be excited too if I made something that beautiful!
You got some great trades in your bartering. That soap looks yummy.
I love handmade soaps and creams. Hmm…I must get back into it.
Thanks Jody- the sweater is coming together pretty nicely. Just learned a good method for doing vertical buttonholes, so hopefully the buttonband/collar will be a slam-dunk!
I can tell how excited you are about that sweater and rightly so. It’s beautiful!
Glad you had fun at the bartering fair. I have to go to the big fiber fair in Dixon, CA. this year. I need to write it on the calendar.
Frank is cute. He is being so good about the shearing.
Frank was a pretty good sport once I got ahold of him. It’s the catching that can be tricky!
Frank’s wool is lovely! What are you going to do with it? Dye it or leave it white?
thanks. I think it will stay white, but not sure yet. might be a while before it decides what it wants to be 🙂
I’ve never heard of such an event; I would LOVE to participate in something like that! Bartering is great, and I like your haul. 🙂
yeah, it was a lot of fun. hope to be able to do it again next year!