As I try to cut down the next post in my new Fiber series to a much more readable length, I thought I would share some highlights of the Black Sheep Gathering (June 20-22, 2014). Living once again in Eugene, Oregon, I attended every day of the event.
On the first day, Thor and I visited with Ken and Carol Ledbetter at KCL Woods. (Thor purchased one of Ken’s amazing yarn bowls for my birthday one year.) Ken’s work always amazes me. This bowl (from acacia) was stunning. After wiping my fingerprints of that acacia wood bowl, I bought another KCL shuttle!
I drooled over this masterpiece by Shannon Phifer of Kenleigh Acres Farm & Felt Pups! It now hangs on the wall above my loom on a temporary hanger. (Thank you, Thor!) The sheep are needle-felted onto a hand-dyed, wet-felted background of Blue Faced Leicester. The top piece is hand dyed, wet felted Navajo Churro; Shannon used Shetland for the yarn for the stitching on the top piece. Each of the 12 breeds represented is made with fiber from that breed.
(See if you can you match the names to the sheep. In alphabetic order, they are: Blue Faced Leicester, Border Leicester, California Variegated Mutant, Coopworth, Corriedale, Gotland, Icelandic, Jacobs, Navajo Churro, Romney, Shetland, and Wensleydale.)
I met Tylar Merrill at Thimbleberry Felt Designs. Her scarves, jackets and hats were breathtaking. Once I tried on one of her hats, I just had to buy it. After I got home, I modeled the hat for Thor and then left it on my head. Later that night while getting into bed, Thor asked if I wasn’t worried I would damage the hat in my sleep. Only then did I take it off.
I gasped with delight when I saw this creation by Trif’s Turnings. Unlike my red tomato pin cushion and the heavier concave plastic version with a strong magnet, this doesn’t tip over AND it’s easy to pull out a pin! Trif’s felted pin cushion (felted by his spinner wife, whose name I failed to get), is glued onto an ash base.
And who among us can resist buttons? I was amazed by Jodie McDougall‘s glass creations. I had to grin when I saw the button on the right; it reminded me of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
I also finished up a couple of projects. You may remember the sweater I knit for my granddaughter F’s 6th birthday out of the Dale Falk yarn (to the left), I dyed a very (VERY) pink. She LOVED the sweater which came in very handy as this year she celebrated her birthday on the Northern California. But …
I groaned when I saw how much pink yarn was left over. But, Granddaughter F LOVES pink so I knit a Pineapple Stacks Hat (by Rebecca Marsh). But I STILL had pink yarn remaining. (I was beginning to feel I’d never get rid of it.)
So I skeined that remainder up and tossed it into a very blue dye bath. Voila! Another Pineapple Stacks hat – this one for her brother, Grandson O.
As you can no doubt tell, I haven’t yet decided what type of topping to put on these hats. (I’m thinking a pompom for Grandson O and a felted flower for Granddaughter F.) The grands will receive these adorable matching hats for Christmas (cunningly modeled in front of the hydrangea by my paper towel stand).
(I will have dig through my stash to find yarn to knit two adult sized Pineapple Stacks hats for their parents!)
And last – though certainly not least – I met Darlene Chambers of Peppermint Pastures Pygora Goats. She raises hazelnuts, peppermint and pygora goats just north of me. Beautiful fibers, tasty hazelnuts (frequently called filberts in the US), and peppermint adorned her booth. The day I met her I was with another fiber aficionada, and between us we bought something from everything she sold. (I have several pounds of hazelnuts in my freezer!) 🙂
Yes, it’s been a wonderful week.