At two hours and forty-five minutes from home, Massachusetts Sheep & Wool is hardly the perfect day trip. But we all know that never stops a fiber enthusiast! So, on Saturday Dale and I and Sharon and Al left bright and early for Cummington.
The chatting in the car made the ride go quickly and it seemed like we arrived in no time. We were greeted in the parking lot by Juno and Cate and that was the perfect start to a day of friends and fiber.
The first sheep we saw was this one. I call him Lyle Lovett.
Once we started wandering around we quickly bumped into Kathy, Manise, Laurie and Jess. We spent some time shopping together and then had a wonderful picnic lunch of fried chicken, potato salad and wine.
After lunch we shopped some more while we waited for the fleece sale. And yes, I did indeed buy a beautiful merino fleece. Al asked me how many fleeces I had at home and I looked at him pointedly and said, “that’s irrelevant. I don’t have this fleece.”
We then spent the best part of the day – lolling around on the grass, taking photos, chatting, knitting and spindle spinning. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, it’s the gathering of friends that truly makes these festivals special.
And dear sweet Cate.
And Jackie and her brand new baby bump!
The day really flew by and before I knew it we were dropping Sharon and Al at their front door. It was great to spend such wonderful time with friends amongst the fiber.