Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oregon Flock and Fiber 2010

And so the fiber festival season comes to a close with the second of the two BIG fiber shows in the area: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

There were vendors indoors:

There were vendors outdoors:

There was the usual dazzling selection of eye candy from Dicentra Designs:

Including the amazing Great Balls of Fiber:

There was lots of equipment, including this teeny weeny portable wheel that I coveted (but darn it, didn't get a chance to ask what kind of wheel it was):

There were fiber-fan slogans everywhere:

And in addition to fiber, there were the flocks that make the fiber. There was bunny shearing going on:

There were alpacas admiring their own pictures:

There were llamas, which always look like they think they're cool:

There were rare breeds of sheep, like Jacob sheep:

There were goats, like this cashmere goat, as well as pygoras and mohair on the hoof:

But the best part was lunch on the lawn with good friends followed by spinning and knitting the afternoon away, pausing to wander off to look around, then coming back to watch the equipment while others wander off.

Out of the fistful of bucks I got from selling off old textbooks to the book buyer, I bought:

On the bottom: an ounce of quiviut roving, a skein of BFL roving from Dicentra Designs, two ounces of dyed pygora fiber in midnight blue. On the top, a pound of charcoal grey merino (which I might dye a deeper black for a sweater I have in mind, maybe after spinning it) and... if it can be believed... an entire shetland fleece that only set me back $20! Not per pound, either, but for the whole fleece! It's only a little dirty in spots and should spin up sweetly.

I also came looking for shawl pins and found this one in sterling with amethyst cabochons. 

If I'd had unlimited funds I'd have come back with a lot more, but considering the time that it will take to work my way through this haul, perhaps that's for the best.

1 comment:

Swanski said...

Wow! I love the pictures and I love what you bought. Looks like you had a wonderful day!


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