Masham Sheep Fair
Friends from “down south” came to visit last weekend. We took them to Rievaulx Abbey on Saturday morning and then, on the way home, called in at Masham. The annual Sheep Fair was on and the website promised all kinds of sheepy fun. We were not disappointed.
Masham has a huge town square, almost like a French town. It was heaving with people winding their way between the temporary sheep pens and the stalls selling local produce. We had lunch in the Black Sheep Brewery’s visitors centre – very good – and then watched the Sheep Show.
I’ve seen this engaging Kiwi deliver his patter at many a wool fair in the last few years, and he’s always both entertaining and informative. His well-trained sheep look entirely happy in front of the crowds and seemed to enjoy the attention (plus the abundant sheep nuts that kept coming their way). Our friends probably went away with the impression that the good people of the dales spend every weekend watching dancing sheep, but no matter.
Where’s there are sheep, there’s wool, of course. The Craven Guild were giving demonstrations and there were yarns and felted items for sale in one building.
A gorgeous skein of alpaca, silk and cashmere 4-ply from Coastal Colours found its way home with us. I’ll be making a scarf from it.
Baby kimono top
Predictably enough, the new baby (a girl!) in the family arrived before I’d finished the little crossover-top I was knitting. It’s done now though, complete with buttons and crocheted loops to fasten it right-over-left.
I’m wary about buttons on baby garments, but you have to fasten them somehow and I think a button or a snap is probably safer than a tie, as long as it’s sewn on securely. To be extra safe, I chose larger than normal buttons – a six-year-old would have trouble swallowing one of these, never mind a newborn.
I have a little of the Fair Isle effect yarn left so I’ve started knitting a matching hat. There should be just enough without striping it with white again.