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Dixon Lambtown Festival

October 7, 2009

Saturday I drove down to Dixon California for the annual Lambtown Festival.

Lambtown is a festival that is all about the fiber arts. Located in Dixon CA, the fairground is a well maintained site for a festival. There are sheep herding contests, sheep shearing contests, angora bunnies, and alpaca on display.

Many contests take place at Lambtown, including fleece, alpaca, and angora judging.

Below is an angora shearing demonstration.

Judges sort through fleece entered in the competition.

Participants in the Sheep To Shawl Competition.

Completed projects can be entered in contests as well. My friend Sarah took first, second and third places in the hand spun yarn competition. Another friend of mine won prizes for her hand spun and knit socks, and jacket. I was so thrilled for their success!

Lambtown has a nice Market, where many booths offer all kinds of goodies to tempt the spinner and knitter. Kristine and Adriann from A Verb For Keeping Warm were there. They offer exceptional fiber and yarn, dyed with all natural dyes. They’re an amazing, talented and delightful team!

I purchased a yummy cormo fleece from Sue Reuser

( Cormo Sheep @ Wool Farm). The fleece is from a cormo sheep named Goldie won 4th place in a judging. I’m going to be spinning a number of un-dyed skeins and selling them in my Etsy shop, Enchanted. Handspun blanks (as they are called) are wonderful for creative people wanting to dye their own yarn.

Look at all the amazing bins of fleece Sue displayed!

Also at the fair was Carolina Homespun. I purchased some more bobbins and a super speed flyer from them.

Below is a photo of some gorgeous hand carved spindles available for sale.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to purchase a Chinchilla blended fiber. I’ve never spun chinchilla before. The owner (I didn’t catch her name) was there with her chinchillas. She was really sweet, and so were her cute chinchillas!

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Loaded down with my goodies and a cold lemon aide, I made my way back to the car. Perhaps next year I’ll participate in a contest or two!

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