Here they are.
For the past three years, the Sheep & Wool Festival has issued a limited edition blanket commissioned and designed just for the festival. They had one blanket left from 2005 and I much preferred it over this year's design because of the stripes. It's a throw blanket, not big enough for enough a small bed. It's wonderfully light, soft and warm.
A certificate came with the blanket as well. I tried to scan it to include here, but can't get that to work today for some reason. It reads:
The Hudson Valley Blanket
Series 2: Number 001
This limited edition blanket has been created using wool grown in the Hudson River Valley. It is the result of a joint project between The Chas. W. House & Sons, Inc. woolen mill and New York State's Hudson Valley sheep producers. The Hudson River Valley is bordered by the scenic Catskill Mountains to the West and the Berkshires to the East. This is depicted in the blanket design with naturally colored stripes.
The following flocks have contributed wool to this blanket:
Mary Godesky, Red Hook, NY
Jessi & Ethan Page, Salt Point, NY
North Breeze Farm, Millbrook, NY
Wild Apple Farm Ltd., Hudson, NY
Jeff & Debbie Traver, Pleasant Valley, NY
Shepherds Garden, Clermont, NY
[I've elided the phone numbers of the growers for their privacy.]
The wool in this Hudson Valley blanket consists of fleeces from Corriedale, Dorset, Columbia, Hampshire and Merino sheep. The employees of Chas. W. House & Sons, Inc. and the Hudson Valley sheep producers hope you will enjoy this quality wool product for many years.
I remembered that the "art" brooms were called plaited brooms because of the way the stems were attached to the handle:
The stems are partially split and plaited all around the handle. The dried stems are used in their natural form, untrimmed. You can even see some seedheads still left on the ends of the stems:
The handle itself is a natural form. This was the most bent one of all those on display. I actually liked it the most. It looks like a classic witch's broom. It may make an appearance this Halloween!
All the handles of the plaited brooms were carved. Each had a different design. This was the only one which also had ant tunnels on it. Again, I liked that difference this handle had from all the others. It's a unique piece of hand-work.