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Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Goat Show - Sunday Results 
25th-Sep-2011 07:52 pm
Another day, a different judge... His first emphasis was fineness of fiber, his second was robustness of goat.

Constantine's fleece placed third. Very fine, not very uniform, and not enough of it for his age. Absolutely no surprises with that judgment.

Gimble placed fifth; Goblin placed sixth. Neither of them are very big and their horns are narrow. He did like Gimble's fleece, though. (So, basically, they hinged across the middle of the lineup as though it were a mirror image.)

And in a come-from-behind almost-victory, Talla placed second! I immediately turned to the woman who created Talla and congratulated her, too. Talla was complimented for her fine, thick fleece and robust appearance.

Thanks to everyone who came out to root me on this weekend. I really appreciate seeing all of the friendly faces and getting some home-field cheers.

... To finish out the nice day, I sold Gyre to a new home. Bye, Gyre!
26th-Sep-2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Bye Gyre! Yay Tala!

It was very interesting to hear yesterday's judge's thought process. Thank you so much for inviting us down, I would have given it a miss without your prompting (probably due to forgetfulness), but am *so* glad we came out.

I forgot which goat I was holding for you, but Misha absolutely loved his contribution to my foot. He loved on it so much!

26th-Sep-2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I missed it. I'd hoped to get over there on Sunday, but other plans popped up and ran over. I'm glad you had fun!
26th-Sep-2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
I tried to stop by and introduce myself on Sunday, but while I found your goats, there were only empty chairs. So I'll offer my congratulations over the internet, and hope for next year!

On a similar note, I had hoped to purchase some roving (if you had it: I only saw yarn in that post a little while ago) or fleece. Do you have anything available?
26th-Sep-2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I was likely someplace close by, but I'm rarely actually in front of my own goats.

I have PLENTY of roving. Do you want dyed, undyed, blends, plain mohair...?
26th-Sep-2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Straight mohair, darker gray and possibly some dyed in jewel tones, darker and deeper the better. Depending on price, I'm looking for 8-16 oz of the gray, and since the final product will be blended with Romney for sock yarn, I'm OK with a not as soft fiber. How much of the dyed I get will be dependant again on price, but total amount will likely be under 8oz.

I figured you would be around somewhere, and my MIL and I watched a little bit of the judging in hopes that you would come back around, but no such luck, since it sppears you had the good karma yesterday and not me!
29th-Sep-2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'm picking up and cleaning up from the yarn and roving orders that just came in... I have TONS of dark grey mohair roving that is incredibly fine and soft. My less-soft mohair is no longer made into roving, because I don't have that big a market for roving, and hey, why not get yarn too?

I don't have any jewel tone dye jobs right now. I have heathered mohair, but nothing bright. If you want my recommendation, you should contact Peavine Hollow. They have the most incredible, vivid, dye jobs.

Drop me an e-mail to reedrover at livejournal dot com so we can discuss specifics on prices and quantities for the undyed roving.
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