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Black Sheep Gathering Results

June 27, 2006

The Black Sheep Gathering was awesome. I got tons of goodies and for killer deals (I made sure to walk around enough that I found the best deals. The vendors probably thought I was crazy going back and forth that many times). Overall the gathering seemed to be a lot more fiber than yarn and the focus was on spinning. I’ve heard that in past years it wasn’t like this, but I liked it just the way it was. Here are my great finds!


I found this first. It’s From Barn to Yarn in Boring, OR. Wonderful sock yarn that can be any color I want. Do you see the yardage on this?! 1280 yrds for 10 bucks. Not bad huh?


Then I found the Baby Alpaca Hand Painted Yarn. This Yarn is from Spor Farms in The Dalles, OR. I got two skeins for $11 each. If you want to get some email sporfarm at skyride dot net. She has a few other colorways, but I fell in love with this one. They are 1.7 oz and 416 yrds each, lace weight.


Getting a new drop spindle was first on my list. I found this one reasonably, and I liked the wood. Simple, easy to spin, but I’ll have to get used to a top whorl.


I’ve been needing one of these. No more time wasted winding yarn. More time for knitting and spinning.


I found this early on, but had a hard time re-finding it later. I felt it, saw the price and fell in love. It’s a 1.5 lbs bump of kid mohair and is so soft. It doesn’t have a destiny yet, but will soon I’m sure.


This was my biggest find! It’s a used Lendrum I got from Woodland Woolworks I’ve spent several hours spinning now, and I’m in love. I can’t get enough of it. I won’t bore you with all of it yet, but you can be sure there will now be pictures of freshly spun fiber still on the bobin. This wheel was exactly what I was looking for. I had never sat at a wheel before and almost instantly got a feel for it. Of course, I’m still working on consistancy, but overall things are turning out beautifully.

I really enjoyed watching some of the Sheep to Shawl contest. I would love to do that someday. Create a beautiful shawl in one day. Of course I would want to be one of the spinners. I better get practicing.

I also was recognized for the first time. Rime from A Notion to Knit saw me at the Black Sheep and mentioned the Saturday Market Bag pattern. That was pretty exciting, and a little shocking. I hope I didn’t choke up to badly. Even though I know I’m recognizable, (having one leg will do that) I just didn’t expect it. I could be the next kniteberly.

It was great fun, and I’m not allowed to buy any yarn stuff for awhile. For a long while. Not to mention I’m out of money for yarn stuff. So hopefully you’ll see lots of finished objects from now on.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2006 2:47 am

    Awesome finds! Especially the wheel! I’m totally jealous! ;-)

  2. Gray permalink
    June 29, 2006 4:29 am

    Sounds like had a great time. I liked your photos very much. And yeah for alpaca yarn! I will be visiting my alpaca friends on Saturday. We will be playing for a contradance in their barn.

  3. Jodie permalink
    June 29, 2006 7:14 am

    I love, love, love my wheel! It was really fun, and I can’t wait until next year. Gray, I really like this idea of playing music in a barn. I’m going to have to do that someday. First I need to meet people who have barns.

  4. Gray permalink
    June 30, 2006 3:23 am

    Alas, with the incredible shrinking dairy industry here, traditional barns are disappearing.

    A barn can definitely be a pleasant environment to play in, but the practical issues for a real working barn can be daunting. This old barn is clean and much restored. The alpacas have their own condo in a more modern structure.

    The real attraction will be the people, some of my all-time favorite music and dance friends.

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