I have intermittent internet connections here in the British Isles, although the USB modem I bought has been working amazingly well for where I've been. The experiences are rich. I've met so many wonderful people, including all the participants in the six classes I taught* at UK Knit Camp in Stirling, Scotland; the other presenters at the camp; the organizers; and others I've encountered in all the packed-to-overflowing days.
* Three groups on breed-specific and rare breeds wools, for both spinners and knitters, as well as three introductory spinning classes.
I'm not sure I'll ever catch up with the blog posts that I want to do, so I'm going to post a few collections of photos and brief comments.
Mostly I am somewhat bashful about taking photos of people, and I like to keep my full attention on the conversation. But I snapped a few.
This is Lawrence Alderson, without whom the Rare Breeds Survival Trust would almost certainly not exist. It's always such a pleasant shock when someone whose rigorous and
wide-ranging work you've admired for decades turns out to be an
exceptionally nice person, too.
Oliver Henry, the wool buyer for Jamieson and Smith in Shetland, shared his knowledge of the wools from the islands' sheep. A "normal" wool grader for the British Wool Marketing Board goes through seven years of training to be qualified. Oliver took a summer job decades ago and has been grading and buying wool ever since. His mind and hands encompass an incomparable stock of knowledge.
Jean Wilson is a preeminent sheep judge. She keeps Herdwick sheep and here is demonstrating a judging point on one of this year's lambs. Herdwicks lighten up in color as they mature. Jean is a woman of vast knowledge, strong opinions, and few words.
I have met a lot of fantastic people, including these and many others. What a gift of this trip these encounters have been.