Were you there? Did we chat? Did we spin together?? did we match / coordinate fiber colors for you ? ah that was so fun! (I really love that part) Did I teach you how to use a drop spindle? Way to go! (there were at least 40 of you that were brand new spinners this weekend !) We're all proud of you! (I love that part too... new spinners!!) All of you who stopped by to chat and tell stories are the reason that I do all of this work; and I send you a great big smile! There were several thousand of you that we chatted with (and unfortunately I'm not quite as quick with my camera as some knitting wizards that we know.. ahem)
Truly... thanks so much :-) It was good to see you - really!! It's just that this very moment, the past 6 days are a blur - it was a wonderful weekend at Black Sheep Gathering. I saw so many people that I know - and laughed with them so much. It was wonderful. (did I say that already?) We arrived home last night around 1:30 am, and we're still waking up (smile).. but I couldn't wait to share!
One friend said that she couldn't walk 2 feet without bumping into someone she knows (heh heh.. yeah that was you Cynthia ! (I know you're out there lurking!) hop on over to her site - she grows grapes and makes awesome wine, has a great sense of humor... and she made me a CD of all the Sock Hop tunes - She's a wonderful pal - and one of the many that we enjoy playing with over the weekend.. but I digress..
Indulge me while we go back a few days (though it seems like it was a year ago) - Klaus was loading up to go, and he spied the resident 'thief' of Braveheart's food (oh.. if you're just tuning in, Braveheart's our outside kitty, mouser & mole catcher-extrodinaire).
Go ahead, zoom in a bit, you'll see the tail wagging under the feeder and get the idea. no, he's not our cat..... He settled for birdfood, since Klaus had closed the screen door on the porch this time between fiber loads to the RV... In the past few weeks, he's just walked right up to the front door, as though he's expecting to be given his dinner. Hopefully he got a little bored while we were away, and is looking elsewhere for a handout. silly rah-rah-coon. (he's just a little one, thus I named him)
So we began our epic weekend. Here's where I was last thursday morning around six a.m........
We set off and drove about 5-6 hours south of our house, and landed in Eugene, Oregon at about noon... and began setting up for our sixth Black Sheep Gathering. It was awesome. (did I say that already?)
Fortunately this year, the weather was awesome (read that cold... good for fiber fondling)
We actually wore sweatshirts and long pants and socks.. amazing given that last year it was 103 degrees.
The booth looked pretty full as we began - I snapped photos as fast as I can, but the crowds began to descend as soon as the doors opened... and they continued the entire 3 days. Essentially, I didn't sit down all weekend - it was fun.
I taught about 40 people to spin on Turkish Drop Spindles who had never spun before (I hope that they all now go and buy Judith's new book) I caught the first two on camera - they look quite happy, don't they! They should! They learned a totally new art in about 20 minutes - way to go!
I stepped outside the booth for a minute or two, held the camera high and snapped some photos.
My guess is that they topped way over previous years' attendance. It was lots of fun. Please plan on joining us next year - there are loads of classes as well (tho' I didn't get to take any this time)
I did catch a photo of one of our buddies - Tina ! (Yes, she not only rocks with her socks, she laughs with friends as well! - you go girl!) She stopped by at about 8:30 sunday morning, and I had my camera in my hand (just back from snagging photos of the animals) So glad you were there with us - gratitude abounds for big blessings in small packages!. (you know what I mean sweetie!)
We've been playing with this crowd of people for six years, and I count myself fortunate to call them friends. When the year gets long and lonely, I have only to think of them and I smile.. many blessings to you all.
Although I see them only 5-6 times each year, the friendship bonds are deep and true.
I even snapped a photo of the ever tolerant "mother" of the crowd.. Jean. Isn't she a sweetie?! She puts up with all our silliness, and bakes Klaus a cake for every event. I think we'll keep her! (She evens puts up with us being rowdy and laughing until midnight * (or maybe just a little later than that!)
Most of these lovely folks don't have blogs, but they secretly look at mine (heh heh.. yes, you've been caught!) Please know that I love you all, and look forward to every moment that we share together. I'll be seeing you in Oregon soon again!
So, there aren't many more photos of the weekend, since I was pretty much chained to our booth, but I did manage to find a few cute sheep and goats on sunday morning before the fair opened; This is not only a fiber "show" but also a sheep and goat judging event - complete with shearing demonstrations, talks on healthy pasture control, fleece sales etc. This is a group who appreciates where those lovely spinning fibers come from ! These are the real stars of this show:
I talked to so many people who were concerned about "spinning a fiber wrong"...... and after about the 100th person,
I finally began to remind them that the sheep will grow more fleece, and that this is an art that they can dive into, since we're not in any danger of running out of animals or fleeces anytime soon. We all laughed at even the thought of this! It's not possible! (how cool is that!)
The motto of the weekend: Have fun - try everything - there's always more! It's an art, and we are meant to experiment! Isn't that wonderful!! (did I mention this already? - grin)
thanks so much for everyone who stopped by to chat or share or buy a bit of fiber from us - I loved every minute of it! We can't wait to see you at the next show!