Sharing, Shearing, Sewing

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.

Here is Frankie-boy mid-shear

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?


  1. Jody

    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.

    • sheepsclothing

      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!

  2. Farmlady

    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.

    • sheepsclothing

      thanks. I think it will stay white, but not sure yet. might be a while before it decides what it wants to be 🙂


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