Monday, June 02, 2008

Woolly Business

I know, I know...you've been wondering what I have been up to. Well, in the midst of kittens up to my eyeballs, a sick momma cat (from her shots) and an assortment of other daily life occurrences, I found out that our local wool festival was going to be held this past weekend. That started a flurry of activity around here - checking fleeces over to make sure they were ready for sale, gathering balls of roving, weighing them out, tagging them with pricing, and all other manner of things to prepare for the show. My DH loaded his truck with a pen for some sheep, tables, umbrellas and other accoutrement to accompany us as we merrily went from south of Flagstaff to north of Flagstaff for the Wool Festival.
We've had this festival for 14 years, but it never really has become very big. Advertising hasn't been great, so usually there are only a few people there demonstrating and selling wool goods. There is now a new director and from hearing what he has had to say, I'm jazzed that this could grow into something much bigger.
To the right here is one of the Navajo-Churro rams that was attending the Festival on Sunday. He came with wool and left naked (and a bit nicked much to the dismay of many festival-goers. Note to self: tell them about Penny, our wonderful shearer!)
The first day we took Shaun the Sheep and Ole who were brats the whole day. My DH was the "Sheep Sitter". With him taking care of the sheep and answering questions there, I was open to field the hundreds of questions we got about Shetland sheep, their wonderful wool, and what to do with that wonderful wool! I also conscripted, er....uh...asked my friend Melanie to come enjoy the Festival with me. After all...Misery does indeed love company! :) When she saw how much I sold the first day, Mel hectically gathered her own "woolly shit" to sell on Sunday.
For a small festival I was very surprised! I sold ALL of my fleeces and rovings of Shetland wool for the year!!!!! As well as that, we made a few contacts with regards to selling some of the critters too.
By Sunday, I was almost sold out. People even bought some of the yarn I had spun up to weave a blanket for us. The price I got was top-dollar for the work. I couldn't say no.
And then, close to the end of the Festival, Joe Meehan (who owns the above Churro ram and his buddies) serenaded my little Scottish sheep with Fireside Bagpipes! I was wonderful! Lacey and her lambs, Elvis and Jerry Lee, took to piping like ducks to water! Do they know they're Scottish? I really wondered as I watch their reaction to Joe's melodies played just for them. And I have to thank him for the beautiful gesture towards my sheep.
All in all, we had a very tiring, but great, time. And we didn't do too badly for a first try at this event.

So today I took some of the money I made from the sales of the fleeces to the feed store to buy more feed to feed the sheep to grow the wool to be shorn to sell to feed the sheep...and so it goes. :)
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10 comments:

melanie said...

Ah...sure. Take Melanie to the festival...as if watching another person get to go to a wooly event (while you're home planting onions) is not bad enough - you have to take someone with the same name! Then again...it's probably hard to resist hanging out with someone with such a neat name...

You should have brought pics of the kitties and taken bids on homes for them, or better yet, give one away with each purchase of a ram lamb!

Congrats on the sales!

Val said...

Sounds like it was a great weekend and a very successful one. Hope the interest in the lambs turns to sales. In the meantime keep that feed coming!!!

Sharon said...

Loved the picture you caught of the Navajo Churro ram. I think their topnotcher is pretty funny. Congratulations on such a successful event!

Kelly said...

I like commenter Melanie's suggestion about taking pictures of kittens - perhaps you could try that somewhere else, even before they are old enough to actually go to homes. Ross and I picked our kitties out several weeks before they were ready to live with us, and the anticipation and sense of "let's go visit our cats" were GREAT. I'm sure you could get something similar going there.

Hooray for sales! Now to pare down the flock a bit...

Tina T-P said...

Yay! Great job! Looks like it was a beautiful day too - that always brings out the folks. T.

Mim said...

Wow a dream come true! The sheep paying for their feed. Congradulations.

Leigh said...

Congrats on your selling success! At least your sheepies are supporting themselves. Wish I could say the same about my cats. :)

Nancy K. said...

How wonderful that you've found an outlet for your fleeces! I wish we had some kind of wool festival near us...

Nancy K. said...

OK....

Time for some KITTEN PICTURES!!!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations on a great event and selling all your wool off the hoof! And may the contacts you made result in selling more wool - with the sheep it's attached to. :-) May I have a smidgeon of your results at BSG this weekend....