B, M and I went up to Estes Park Wool Market on June 7th. Usually I go up on Sunday to watch the Sheep to Shawl and wander around to visit with friends who vendor. Sat was the only day B was able and we hadn't been at the wool market together for years so it was worth the early day. B found many things but settled on a few only at Fire Ant's booth. I looked at fleece but since I have 11 new Shetland fleeces (top quality, long locks, gorgeous colors) in stash I didn't see any others for sale that made my fingers itch. I don't know if Shetland fleeces sell privately or if the breeders don't bring their best stuff to the market. Too bad. Well, maybe not. Good to know other people relish good quality Shetland fleeces, eh?
The new vendor building is wonderful! I can't believe how comfortable it was the walk around it - the aisles are big enough, the vendors seem to be happier - and I hope their sales were good. Did run into a few old spinning friends while I wandered alone looking at big bags for my new pocket wheel. I didn't find a bag big enough tho. Will have to order on-line which is never a problem (oooohhh, more shopping!). B likes to browse so M kept her company while I zipped in and out of booths. Once I checked all the booths, I found them and we slowly wandered around the wool market.
This is Glacier whose fleece I bought last year. She's a sweetie and B and I enjoyed admiring her at Kitchell Kriations booth in the alpaca barn. Ed and Marjean Bender do a great job with their fiber and it's always a joy to spin it. I met them over a decade ago and we laugh a lot when we get together. Good good friends are a joy forever.
Update on Riley - went thru surgery like a trooper. Has 2 drains in a sensitive area due to the fatty tumor being twice the size as originally thought. Yikes! But he's eating well and is happy to be home. Not so happy to be confined to his big crate to keep him quiet til the drains are removed in a few days but bright eyed none the less ("cookies" help).