Black Sheep Gathering, Part 2: Observations

For the two days I wandered the Black Sheep Gathering last month, I was in a sea of colors.

BS_OpulentFibers4Here is one of several shots I took of the display of Kristy Kun’s Opulent Fibers.  She told me she works with an Italian dye house to create these amazing colors.

BS_OpulentFibers2To the right is a picture of Kristy in a  stunning overshirt – though the garment doesn’t come through very well in the picture.  Take my word for it: It was amazing.  It is a felted garment made by a Lithuanian woman named Regina Doseth.

One of my favorite booths for hand dyed yarn was Melanie Dilworth’s Black Trillium Fibres.

BS_BlackTrillium2BS_BlackTrillium3By the time I reached Melanie’s booth, I already had a big bag stuffed with purchases.  😦  The group of skeins to the left was my fav.  To the right is part of a shawl that shows off a green colorway.

I have regretted not buying the blues since I left the fairgrounds!

JordstadCreekAnother favorite dye booth was that of was Kerry Graber of Jordstad Creek.  Her color graduation in the yarns pictured to the left both unusual and stunning.  The top skein is dyed lovely chocolate brown with pink.  By the time you get to the bottom skein, you will see that the color gradually became pink with chocolate brown.

BrimnesKerry designed these colors with the Brimnes (Large) Shawl by Evelyn Clark in mind.  (Pic source)

Of course, I cannot close this post without tipping my hap (no, that is not a typo – I think women should change some of the heavily “male” similes, phrases and metaphors we commonly use!) to all the talented people who raise sheep for their natural colors.


One group was McKenzie Alpaca Breeders of Springfield, Oregon.  As you can tell from the picture at the left, their yarn called out to be squeezed by viewers!  (Or at least, that was my impression.)

And nicely enough, nobody minded when you squeezed it.

BS_Toots4I also met Michele LeBlanc of Toots LeBlanc  Co.   Michelle uses no harsh soaps or chemicals in the processing of her yarns.  Her blends include:  Merino/Angora, Jacob/Alpaca, Jacob/Alpaca/Mohair, and Blue-Faced Leicester/Pygora.

YarnKeeper_HumesLabelSomething I saw only at Michele’s booth was the Yarn Keeper Bracelet by Humes of Delaware.  (I bought two.)

YarnKeeperI regularly knit at my favorite espresso haunt in San Francisco and frequently get questions and comments.  As you can imagine, this bracelet triggered some interest!

MilaneseThe yarn on bracelet is Anzula’s “Cloud” in the teal colorway.  I am knitting it into the Milanese Shawl by Linda Marveng.

(Linda, if you are reading this, several ladies sipping espresso stated that the colorway reminded them of the San Francisco Bay and the stitch pattern reminded them of its waves.  They thought you should rename the shawl “San Francisco Bay.”  🙂 )

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20 Responses to Black Sheep Gathering, Part 2: Observations

  1. You’re most welcome – and thank you!


  2. Vonna says:

    Thanks for liking my post. Beautiful pictures of yarn.


  3. I love that about reading blogs too!


  4. Getting to see the work of so many creative spinners, dyers, etc. … yes, drool city!


  5. When I lived in Eugene, I attended every day … sometimes with friends, other times alone. Yes indeed, a special kind of heaven!


  6. Looks Wonderful. Thanks for sharing all the info with us, I like reading about all the good things. 😉


  7. This post may possibly have made me drool a little. Looks like a good time!


  8. Looks like you stumbled into a special kind of heaven. Enjoy your treasures!


  9. I am so pleased someone I know bought it! 🙂

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  10. caityrosey says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I bought that graduated blue yarn bundle. I’m trying to find just the right project for it.


  11. Oh yes … I love the tactile freedom (ummm, with fiber!) at Black Sheep. And no one thinks you’re strange if you sniff yarn or wool either! 🙂


  12. It’s been working well too. As I sit and knit, it hangs off my left wrist!


  13. Most definitely … if you like espresso, I know the place!


  14. I’ve seen but never used the S hook. I will have to try one. I’ve knit a lot more of the Milanese shawl … the hand-dyed blue against your stitch pattern, well, it’s just stunning.


  15. Black Sheep is always a feast for the senses (well, not taste!).


  16. jenyjenny says:

    Luscious and beautiful!


  17. Sara Crafts says:

    Such beautiful and colorful photos! And I love that bracelet! It’s such a smart idea.


  18. My daughter is moving to San Fran in a couple of weeks. When i visit her I’ll have to stop in and knit!


  19. Wow, so many new and fabulous yarns I need to check out! I find the Opulent Fibers just that and love her overshirt! The yarn keeper bracelet is so smart! I have only used an old fashioned hook, in the shape of an S you can hook onto your skirt or trouser waistband, yarn on opposite end. Perfect for walking and knitting, like we did at work when it was quiet in the shop in Oslo.
    Yes, I can see it is an ideal name for the shawl especially in the divine blue you are using! Thank you so much for showing it off!


  20. Marie says:

    Beautiful post ………just loving the yarns and the bracelet.


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