Animals! Estes Park Wool Market had barns full of animals...goats, alpaca, llama, sheep and more! The goats are such funny creatures and they have a way of enchanting me with their 'look'. Their various horns, bleating sounds, fleece varieties and shapes seemed to bring a widening smile to my face as I walk through the pens. The llama and alpaca barns are quiet (except for an occasional hum), but walking through the sheep pens one becomes aware of the symphony of sounds. Each animal has its own tone and tenor of baa-ing and maa-ing...it's impossible to leave without laughing.
Estes is still on my mind, and in my heart. I've enjoyed reading other posts about the Festival experience.
FJ was revisited after my return and it seems the separation did us both good. The back has been finished and the fronts are growing nicely. It took considerable effort for my brain to figure out how and where to start the front "slope", as the v-neck decreases are called in the pattern, in comparison to the armscye decreases. Now that all that has been determined, the knitting is going along swimmingly. Both of us are well behaved and happy. Our future together looks long and lovely.
Hidcote hasn't had much attention, but that should change this weekend and, despite recurring, seemingly unstoppable rumors, Jóhö rests quietly, happy in her hibernation. Despite the "Free Jóhö" campaign she will stay behind the scene, for now.
Emmylou and I have had only short bursts of time together and so, progress is slow on the Spun Stitches project. When we do get a chance to spin time flies by...but it's still a bit of heaven. I'd like to fill a bobbin with the lovely bunny crack by the time the weekend is over.
In more spinning news, did you see Tour de Fleece? This sounds like a great way to spend July and I'll be joining in the fun!
There has been an ongoing contest here, as the comments on this blog approach 30,000. As of today they are half way to 29,000. Next week the 29,000th person will receive a box of goodies and I'm trying to think of something special for the 30,000th comment.
Last weekend, when we arrived at Val's home after our ride back from Estes, I walked around and took pictures of the flowers in her yard (don't you always type 'yarn' first?). The beautiful yellow lily you see here was in full sun and I wasn't sure the pictures would turn out. What a nice surprise and a perfect way to start Flower Friday.
May your weekend be as beautiful!