Today I attended the Valley Ford Wool Festival at the Valley Ford Wool Mill. I have driven through Valley Ford hundreds of times on the way to Bodega Bay but never noticed the Wool Mill. This weekend was there 2nd Annual Wool Festival and it was fantastic! I learned so much and got to see the whole process that wool goes through from the sheep to the final product. So many wonderful people and Ariana is a wealth of knowledge. She comes from five generations of horsemen and married a fourth generation sheep farmer. They have a son who just completed shearing certification and gave a great demonstration on sheep shearing. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Of course he made it look very easy but it is labor intensive for sure and you really need to know what you’re doing. Below are some photos from the day.
This is just a sampling of the day. I’ll do another post in a couple days about the Wool Mill tour and that process. I wish I could spend a week just living a breathing wool.
BTW, as we were touching the freshly shorn wool it was really interesting to see the crimp in the wool and also come away feeling like I had just put lotion on my hands. The lanolin is so heavy on the wool it just comes off on your hands.
Well, as I always say, Stitch On! Maybe with some nice Dorset Wool.