Last weekend, I hitched a ride with a friend from Los Angeles to Dixon to attend our first Lambtown festival. This is my first sheep to fiber festival and I enjoyed it tremendously. It isn’t Blacksheep or Maryland but it is within driving distance and we lugged a lot of stuff including spinning wheels, bobbins, kates, and fibers that would have been impossible if we were to fly.
I attended the fleece judging contest and learned a lot about how one should value a fleece. Hand spinners like softness and long fiber length so the criteria is different from commercial use. I could’t resist the gorgeous fibers and bought two mohair fleeces, one black alpaca, and one silver Romeldale.
This fleece won best in show. It is immaculate.
I took a class with Stephanie Gaustad on woolen spinning. Even though I already know about the long draw, I always learn something new when taking a class, and in this case, apply very little tension on the whorl and singles can be used, as long as you steam it.
We stayed in Sacramento for two nights. I have to admit, our capital city is pretty boring and quite desolated at certain parts of town.
The most lively action in Sacramento is near the Tower bridge for tourists. Traffic is light compared to Los Angeles. I had to wait for a while to get these cars in the shot.
Sunset at the Tower bridge, Sacramento. These were all taken on my Olympus PEN E-PL1 on the Panasonic 20mm pancake lens.