Friday, August 24, 2007

Nevada State Fair

I spent the day at our fair and never got around to the carnie side. Here's my bag, in good company I must say. The fair provides a large tent right across from the livestock pens for our guild. They make walls for us out of hog panels, and because of our location, we get a lot of exposure and interest.

You can see the fleece show entries in the back. In the past we've all spun our own projects but this year we had a washed Shetland fleece and took turns turning it into roving on the drum carder. Then following a sample, we spun and plied it.

Nancy dyed the warp with indigo and brought the loom ready to weave. She had to leave so Kathleen is taking a turn as weaver.

While she's weaving, her daughter Lauren is taking a turn as spinner. Note the rainboots. She's actually spinning and earlier had been weaving on her own small rigid heddle loom.

I was completely taken with this rabbit on a 4-H girl's lap. That's one loved and trusting rabbit. The 4-H and FFA kids are what make the fair.

This is the largest rooster I have ever seen in my life. He was the size of a small dog. He was scary. Some kid had printed in pencil on his identification card, Darth Vader. I took a picture including his adult neighbor for some perspective - see below.


Valerie said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing. Your bag is lovely. And that is a HUGE rooster. Glad he's a pen!

Marie said...

Love your bag and Darth Vader. You're having too much fun!

Tina T-P said...

What a humoungous rooster - a Brahma, do you suppose - we got some one time with some chicks - and they were the size of turkeys -finally had to give them to some FFA boys - they were just too big for the chicken house.

Loved your bag - nice work.

Even tho we are in the county, we are lucky to have a water district that gets its water from B'ham (main city in the county - good water source - a glacier fed lake) I was so glad that we didn't have to deal with taking care of a pump and all the issues that come with it.

woolydaisy said...

sharon-you make me laugh-love the bunny-can i take the beastling home?

Leigh said...

Great photos. I would have loved to have spent the day there. I'm amazed at that rabbit! Min absolutely hated being on their backs. Nothing like being scowled at by a bunny.

Birdsong said...

I am sorry that I was too swamped to come over; looks even more fun and more casual than the Nevada County fair. I love the woven bag... lots of textural and tonal interest.

Jodi said...

The fair looks wonderful! I just love the little bunny.