I recently attended the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon (July 21-23). For those who have never attended these sorts of gatherings (I used to refer to them as “fiber festivals” until my daughter told me it sounded as though I attend gatherings about bran products), provided just such an experience.
On the first day of the gathering, Grandson O pointed to this hand-felted creation by Whimsical Ewe and said, “Look, Mormor [Norwegian for grandmother], that sheep looks just like you!” (Oh dear.)
While for the last 6 or so years I have preferred knitting with no larger than Dk weight yarn but I saw a very fun yarn the diameter of my middle finger. Ingrid Reimers (a long-time alpaca raiser in Oregon) of Caress Luxury Yarns, now works with various alpaca breeders to process their fibers. She had on display a cushy garter stitch rug knit (on US35) knit from one skein of this fat yarn. Her “skeins” sold quickly for that project (one skein per rug).
Ingrid also had on display a set of knitting needles in size US120 (!) and a very large crochet hook, both made by Girl Go Knitting. Ingrid said while you can knit and crochet with them, many people buy them as props for their booths or shops. (I had visions of my grandchildren stabbling each other with the US120 knitting needles.)
Around the corner from Ingrid’s booth was Louann Person and Joe Dolim’s Simply Unbeadable (no website). Louan creates beautiful work on US0000 knitting needles. Her work was so exact and beautiful I certainly didn’t want to tempt the fates.
And the jewelry! Vendors offered an array of jewelry from conservative, elegant shawl pins and fasteners in various materials to the whimsical and fun. Teddi Wheeler of Wooly Warren made jewelry out of realistic miniature drop spindles; Tsavarite Siren made colorful abacus-style knitting bracelets (for counting rows); and Jewelry By “K” (no website) featured designs from whimsical to elegant in glass and various metals. (Below is a snap of some of her shawl pins.)
Grandson O had been patient long enough, so we left the gathering. I returned the next day (alone) to roam through the halls at a leisurely pace. Without having to keep an eye on O, I could lose myself in the fibers and colors. Plus, I was able to catch up with a blogger in person!
Next post. 🙂