The most popular comment that my husband and I heard time and again was, "Oh my gosh, they are sooooo cute". The most popular question was, "Are these babies or is that their full grown size?" (I brought 2 growthy yearling ewes and 2 Apil lambs) The one comment that got the whole crowd smiling and giggling was, "Oh look, she's wagging her tail". Now I know that none of this has anything to do with their fleece, but I wasn't there to push fleece, I was there to get Shetland sheep in front of the public and they LOVED it.
I did manage to have a table of roving, yarn, and some knitted, woven and felted items, and there were a lot of comments about how soft and nice they were, the favorite item being Sabrina's little felted mouse, Eek, with the little Brahma hen and her nest being a close second in terms of popularity. I did a little spinning, which fascinated the children and brought back some fond memories for some of the adults.
Most of the parents took such pleasure in showing the kids the sheep, explaining that we sheared off their wool, then washed it, and made this (the would show them the roving) then they spin it on this, (pointing to a spinning wheel) and then the wool is made into yarn, and they would point out the yarn and then you can knit, weave or crochet one of these (they would point to the finished products). By having all that stuff right there in one place, I provided an opportunity for parents and children to make the connection between the animal and the end result and that was so unexpected, but very rewarding.
|Display table and "feelers" (people that feels things) big grin|
|More crowd shots|