We have looked forward to attending the local fiber festival in a nearby small town ever since our first two visits. We love the wool, spinning demos, live animals and lots of other goodies. I also enjoy the people involved in these things and this is where I met my violin teacher.
Today, Monika Lilley (of Upper Room Studio) played music with her younger siblings (The LilleyBillys) and demonstrated spinning angora wool directly from the animal. He just sat in her lap while she plucked fur fibers and spun away. So cool. We enjoyed petting the alpacas, too, though the recently sheared goats were not interested in being petted. Maybe just a bit skittish from their recent shearing perhaps.
The weather was PERFECT and it was just the sort of thing to lift our spirits high. I share some of my favorite images here.
I didn’t manage to catch a photo of Monika smiling, but when she does, she lights up a room with her spirit. And she is a very, VERY patient teacher.