This past weekend was one of the High Holy Days for Pacific NW spinners, knitters, and weavers: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Since I missed Black Sheep Gathering due to moving, I was really ready to shop for stash, even if a broken wrist was preventing me from doing much spinning or knitting.
Oh, I want to show you what I bought! Maybe Jenny knows where there is a camera.
But, here’s the run down. We got there about 10 am, after a great breakfast and a nice ride in the country. Jenny does not believe in going anywhere directly. First stop, the bathroom. I only tell you this because there was a long line and another woman and I decided to liberate the men’s room. Which caused a line and made one man mad. All I can say is live with it. Two stalls for about a million women? And the 100 or so men need to wait? Tough cookies!
My usual routine is to make a full circuit without buying. I made it about 3/4 of the way and then had to stop and buy some fiber I had to have, in part because of the presentation. I WILL find the camera! I will!
My next purchase was some Pygora/silk in gorgeous heathery blues. We are thinking about getting a Pygora goat so it felt important that I actually learn something about them. I also bought some white Pygora A/B to see what it spins like without the silk.
Then I found some “mystery batts” in great colors. Browns, oranges, blues, greens, definitely a fall heather theme. The fiber content is Merino/Silk/Cashmere/Angora so I guess the mystery is in the percentages. At $1.50 an ounce I had to buy a full pound. I had to. Really.
About that time, Jenny called and wanted to meet for some lamb kabobs in the grassy sward. It’s a tradition. I held down seats at a picnic table peopled with crazy women who were clearly giddy from the smell of lamb, lanolin, and wool. I also think they drank their breakfast. One had smuggled in a dog under her coat. Another thought she should have a UFO booth where folks could bring all their unfinished objects and pay her to complete them. What a great idea!
Jenny is always eager to watch the animal judging so next stop was the barn. I left her in command of my purchases while I wandered off to buy a drop spindle or two to add to my collection. One is apple wood and it’s SQUARE! Spins like a dream. The other is a plying weight spindle from my friends Jim and Brigit at Pacific Wool and Fibers. I have several of their spindles and love them. And they are CHEAP! (Shhhhh. Don’t tell.)
I passed up Dicentra although I LOVE her fibers. But I can buy them at Northwest Wools or online. I try to find stuff I can’t get locally or easily.
What else? Oh, yeah, a pound of white wool roving for dyeing. It’s just co-op wool but it was cheap and soft and will spin nicely.
When we got home, I put the drive band back on my wheel (it had slipped off while our floors were being repaired), not an easy task when one hand is useless, and started spinning. Fortunately, when I spin on wheel my left hand is the working hand; on a spindle, it’s the right. However, with two new spindles in my collection, I HAD to force the fiberglass monster on my right wrist to allow my not-so-opposable thumb to flick a spindle full of yarn.
AND, even before OFFF, I found a source of recycled sari silk. This is thrums from looms used to weave sari fabric and I bought two bags full. One is shades of purples, pinks, a great silvery white, and a hint of blue. It’s so nice I’m just going to spin it into yarn without blending it. The others is bright colors, red, green, yellow, gold, blue, purple, all colors, mostly silk but with some rayon and some gold thread thrown in. This will be blended with part of the eternal nine pound black fleece I bought year before last at Black Sheep Gathering. I can’t wait to get started on ALL of it!
Hopefully, I’ll be adding photos to this post later tonight. But right now, I really do need to get to work.