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Royally Sheepy Day

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:

Got Crimp?

Got Crimp?

Fleece galore!

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…

Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners, Greenwood On

Guelph Guild of Handweavers & Spinners

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:

My favourite

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:

Finishing touches for Greenwood's 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!