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Shepherd's Harvest

Imgp1845One of the things I look forward to each Spring is the Shepherd's Harvest at the Washington County fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. If you love working with wool, this is the place to be. It's held on Mother's Day weekend so always easy to remember.

Imgp1844There are real sheep ... and llamas, too ... at the harvest. They have sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials ... lamb burgers {nope, not for me!}. As a former 4-Her who once raised a few sheep ... I begged enough and wore my folks down ... it's always a step back to the past when I watch these events.

Imgp1856One of the things I like about the Harvest is how it changes. When I first began going about eight or nine years ago, the colors were very earthy ... saying they were bland would be kind of mean but they sort of were. The last few years, it's like the spinners and weavers have discovered the dye pot because it's now bursting with color!

Imgp1852The Shepherd's Harvest is where I became interested again in felting wool. As knitters have become more skilled at embellishing, they're discovering needle felting with wool roving. Consequently, the colors and uses for the roving are hugely improved. I loved looking at the booths that had it!

Imgp1848Look at these gigantic balls of painted roving! They were so cool.

Colored_curlsColored fleece curls ... a wonderful change from the natural ones I've used for sheep and santa beards. Where does the imagination go with these?

Imgp1854There were a ton of finished items too. On a colder day, I might have had a pair of these mittens for my very own. Little hard to buy on one of the first nice days in Minnesota, though!

BandDown home music for entertainment. It's always fun watching the little kids get into it.

Black_sheepAnd of course, there's a black sheep in every crowd, isn't there? This was just a wonderful time and a great escape. Mark this on your calendar for next year!

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Darlene Koppel

Love those fleece curls and roving!
What gorgeous colors.

Carol

Roseann, what wonderful pics and stories!

Now you add 4-H to your mix of life as I know you ( which is not very well-but learning)
Somewhere I read and saw pics of your trip to White Sox park in Chicago. Used to live close to their eons ago and they are MY TEAM. Go Sox.

Was a 4-H leader for 16 years and then we retired and moved down here. Missed my kids, their parents and the activites. Daughter went to National Congrees.

Enjoy Carol Northwest Tenn

Heidi Kaisand

The colors are wonderful!

Christine Rohloff

Hi, Roseann!!! Love seeing the wool!!!! The roving colors are georgous!!!! I would buy some just cuz they are so pretty!!!! Just got back from Quilt Market tonite...looked for you today but didn't see you. I thought you had sais you were going....but I could be wrong!!! Lots of great stuff!
Christine

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