Last Saturday we went to the Heritage Wool and Natural Fibre Muster in Carcoar.
We turned up later than we hoped. Managed to drop in to the Bathurst Co-Op for veg and The Wholefood Kitchen for fantastic coffee and some delicious lemon and coconut cake on the way.
They had two gorgeous Alpacas out the front in a pen. Adorable things they are. The bigger one kept stopping the other one from getting to the food bucket.
Bumble Hill Alpacas
These are the gorgeous prizes for the raffle. The jumper on the left was so soft, knit in a fine alpaca yarn. Sadly we did not win. Would have loved that. The first prize is a beautiful woven throw rug and third prize was a cowl made with hand spun, died and knitted alpaca yarn. The proceeds of the raffle are going to aid the spinners in the Christchurch area.
I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to put names to most of the stalls. It was packed and I was in a lot of pain. I grabbed a whole heap of cards but I really can't remember which one went with which stall.
This one I do know though. This is Casbar. Their farm is just outside Hill End, we're practically neighbours.
There was a gorgeous grey fleece that I would have loved to buy but it was out of my price range.
There was also some soft, soft alpaca, some beautiful spun wool and lovely jumpers, hats and scarves.
We ended up in a photo in the Blaney Chronical. We're in the third photo along watching 10yr old Anna demonstrate bobbin lace making.
There was a competition through the local spinning and craft groups. The theme this year was bags.
It was a great day out with loads of smooshy yarn and fibre to feel.
It's great to get to see stuff in person, see what it looks like in natural light, feel what it's like, how stretchy or bouncy it is. Without Internet shopping we'd be terribly limited in yarn choice but it's so hard to know what stuff is worth buying.
We will definitely try and get to the muster again next year.
I have way too many photos for just one post so look out for part two soon.