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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – Day 2 – Sheep to Shawl Competition

Today started with the “Sheep to Shawl” competition which began at 8 am.   Since it was a bit wet out, they moved the sheep shearing to inside one of the barns…that made it a bit difficult to photograph, but I did manage to get a few shots.

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Shearing…

 

 

 

 

 

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Just before the shearing, all the teams were putting the finishing touches on their setups….checking their warps….laying out their tools….and oiling their wheels.  

kool_jamz_2 And now, the team.  First up, the Kool Jamz – these kids are competing against the adults this year!   Go team!!!!  Last year, they competed as Jrs. and had a rigid heddle loom.   This year, they have a better loom and are ready to show everyone what they can do!

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Next up - Aloha Fiber Friends.

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And next – Friends Thru Fiber (the first shawl I ever bid on was one of theirs….it had purple in it…of course!  And, I had the winning bid!)

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Next up, the Butler Peddlers.  They have a great display of the colors they plan to use for their project. 

 

 

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There were even pirates – check out this team – The Black Purl.

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And here we have Baa Baa Black Sheep…

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I didn’t get a full shot of this team’s name….argh!   It’s Cloverhill Spinners…or something similar!

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I took several action shots of the various competitors as the progressed through the competition. 

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My favorite shot is this one…I never thought of power tools as being a spinner’s helper, but it definitely works!    She can fill the bobbins up in no time!

 

Off the loom and finishing them off…..

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And finally, the parade of the finished shawls….

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