WoolFest in the Lake District, England

by Stuart And Barbara Robertson July. 02, 2018 443 views
The WoolFest in Cockermouth England is in the beautiful Lake District and is a two-day fibre extravaganza.  There was a focus on rare breeds, but the hundreds of vendors had wonderful things on offer.  I am most interested in the natural colours of fleece, so that's what I photographed.

The WoolFest in Cockermouth England is in the beautiful Lake District and is a two-day fibre extravaganza. There was a focus on rare breeds, but the hundreds of vendors had wonderful things on offer. I am most interested in the natural colours of fleece, so that's what I photographed.

This pleasant couple had lovely yarn and fabric from Manx Loughtan sheep. A breed which is rare, and new to me, has four horns.  It was originally from the Isle of Man.

This pleasant couple had lovely yarn and fabric from Manx Loughtan sheep. A breed which is rare, and new to me, has four horns. It was originally from the Isle of Man.

Each afternoon there was a talk on rare breeds.  The shepherds worked hard to promote their sheep. This one, I believe, is a Shetland.  I was amused by the sheeps interest in the speaker.

Each afternoon there was a talk on rare breeds. The shepherds worked hard to promote their sheep. This one, I believe, is a Shetland. I was amused by the sheeps interest in the speaker.

I'm afraid my notes were sketchy, but I'll do my best.  This should be a Herdwick sheep which was saved from disappearing by author Beatrix Potter.  She personally took an interest in the few remaining animals and supported the shepherds are they increased their flocks.

I'm afraid my notes were sketchy, but I'll do my best. This should be a Herdwick sheep which was saved from disappearing by author Beatrix Potter. She personally took an interest in the few remaining animals and supported the shepherds are they increased their flocks.

Some years ago, we visited the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; and though we saw lots of sheep, we saw almost no Hebridean sheep.  This small, multi-horned sheep is now making a comeback there.

Some years ago, we visited the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; and though we saw lots of sheep, we saw almost no Hebridean sheep. This small, multi-horned sheep is now making a comeback there.

This Castlemilk Moorit sheep is classified as a primitive breed but is the result of  deliberate crossbreeding by a man who wanted attractive moorit-coloured sheep on his estate. Crossing three existing breed, he got this pretty animal.

This Castlemilk Moorit sheep is classified as a primitive breed but is the result of deliberate crossbreeding by a man who wanted attractive moorit-coloured sheep on his estate. Crossing three existing breed, he got this pretty animal.

The Border Leicester has a head and ears which look like a cross between a draft hose and a rabbit.  However, it does have fleece which has long fibre, and is quite a large breed.  As such, it is considered dual purpose, fleece and meat..

The Border Leicester has a head and ears which look like a cross between a draft hose and a rabbit. However, it does have fleece which has long fibre, and is quite a large breed. As such, it is considered dual purpose, fleece and meat..

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