We went on the last & most sheepy day of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, yesterday. It’s a big, indoor fair with animals, booths, food and competitions. We didn’t last until the wool auction but caught most of the day’s action!
On the fleece prize table:
Nothing on the Royal’s website prepared me for the Sheep to Shawl Competition. 4 hours for each guild to prep its fibre, spin amazing quantities of yarn & weave a ‘shawl’ on a loom. That and keep curious men from playing with their drum carders…
The Angora owners were grooming their babies. Those not grooming were spinning in the back! Nina was selling 0.5 oz of her angora/ wool blend for $8. I stepped away from the basket!
Other rabbits waiting for judging:
The drop spindlers had 2 hours to make a skein of plied yarn from commercially prepped fibre – yikes! Only 4 women entered the competition but they were all good.
When cuz & her partner arrived, I gave a wee tour & then we checked out the livestock.
We were easily the biggest kids at the petting zoo!
We did make it back for the tail-end of Sheep to Shawl:
It was a great day. I got to meet a Rav member of GTA Fibre Faces & got amazing information from everyone we spoke with. Even if I didn’t catch the auction, I do have a bunch of tips on how to bid for next year!