All the time she is judging she is also instructing, and questions from the floor are welcome. There aren't many because most of the audience has some experience with sheep, but she takes her time with them as she does everything else. I got so excited listening to her talk about Shetlands, that I decided I'm going to process some of our bright white dual-coated boy myself. I was surprised when she said that white is rare, and also that it's hard to find a shearer for Shetlands because of the roo line where they naturally moult. Most shearers don't want to mess with it, because you have to decide whether to go above or below it. In fact, I looked at one bright gray fleece in the wool sale and decided against it because the shearer had cut below the line and it was slightly felted along the shear line.
I realized as we were leaving that I hadn't taken photos all day. I ran around snapping like crazy and was glad Linda walked out at just the right time. She came down from Portland and Laura came over from Prineville. Doris, Virva and Sharie drove up from the Reno area. Doris has been raising sheep for 20 years at least but since she retired, she's gotten very serious about developing her breeding stock. She said what turned her sales around was coating her sheep. She also bought a new Merino ram last year from Janet Heppler.
KCL spindles. I looked at the spindles but I told him that I have cops on two spindles and because I hate to ply, I don't know when I'll get them off. He reached underneath and pulled out this goodie. He's just started making these lazy kates. This one accommodates his as well as Goldings, but he's going to make a smaller one for just his spindles. It's perfect. The mess and disaster that I used to have when plying from spindles is no more. I really don't need more spindles. Since when does need have anything to do with anything?
This was my wheel after Spindle Camp.
I had a package waiting for me from Village Spinning and Weaving when I got home from Oregon with my replacement parts and also a new 1 1/2 yard Ashford nitty noddy. John from Village Spinning and Weaving was at BSG and I talked to him briefly about changing these bands. He told me that the secret is to get a square screwdriver tip from the hardware store and put it in my battery operated screwdriver. Ian already had one and it made the change a piece of cake. Don't mix up the screws! John told me that in the future, when the bands get yellow, they're on their way out. Good to know!