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Estes Park Wool Market

Last weekend was the Wool Market in Estes Park. We have gone the past few years, but this was the first time I signed up for workshops on Thurs and Fri. My friend Kathy and I rode up together and stayed over Thurs nite at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes.

Thursday, I went to the Ravelry class. It was taught by Jess, Casey, and Mary-Heather. They were the three people behind Ravelry for a long time, but they have recently added a 4th person. Sara was not at Estes though. They talked about the history of Ravelry, its neat features and how to use them, and they answered questions. Poor Jess had bad altitude sickness and clearly just wanted to get to lower elevation so she could feel better.

Here is a pic of Mary-Heather, me, Jess, and Casey from after the class.



I also got to meet a group of friends that I made on Ravelry. They were a lot of fun and I'm so glad that we got to get together in person! We did an ami animal swap Thursday evening, and here we all are with what we got:



I brought a fairy kitty (see WLA for details)




In exchange, I got a Jack Sparrow doll. Here he is pre-face (he wasn't quite finished when I got him).



And here he is after getting duded up with a face, headband, and beads.



Friday, I took a beginner's spindle class. It was fabulous. I came out feeling like I had really learned the basics of how to spin. Now I just need to practice.

On Sunday, I went back up to Estes with my family, and we got to see lots of wonderful animals, many of which we wanted to take home with us. Sadly, none of them did come home. The only thing I bought was some alpaca batting to try spinning. I will probably mix some in with wool and spin some by itself.

There were yaks this year at Wool Market. Too cool. They are like little fuzzy cows.


There were, of course, lots of beautiful llamas and alpacas. This llama was my favorite, I think. He came in 4th in his class (long haired llamas - I can't remember the official name for this).



And a few favorite Angora goats (which yield cashmere):


This guy fell asleep with his horn propped against the enclosure.


I really wanted to take home an angora rabbit (which yield angora). We could even keep them at our current house, unlike the llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, and yaks! And they are much less expensive to purchase and care for! Some day I'll get one. :)



All in all, Wool Market was great fun this year. I can't wait till next year! Only 358 more days! :)

Comments

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solemnwarnings
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous you got to meet Jess and Casey!
I just wanted to comment and say that we have EXACTLY the same tastes in patterns. I think it's funny. Almost every project I've looked at doing on Ravelry has a comment from you on it. I love it! :-)
crafty_shanna
Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Cool! Remind me again what your name is on Ravelry. I think we already talked about this, but I have a hard time keeping people straight if they have different names on different sites!
solemnwarnings
Jun. 22nd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sure, no worries! I'm emilygurumi on Ravelry, formerly emilyedge.
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