Baa, Baa, Local Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

Somehow in the bustle of a busy weekend that started with this mama’s first night away from her baby ever and ended with a trip to the doctor late one night and a very sick babe, the wonderful experience of going to a local fiber festival was eclipsed. It’s been a bit chaotic around here this week, but PB is feeling much better and it really wasn’t as big of a situation as we initially thought. Always a good thing. So now, on with the fiber show!

The Black Sheep Gathering is an annual yarn and fiber show in Eugene, OR. This was my first time attending, so I went in with no preconceived expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by the large amount of classes, demonstrations, and vendors, all local to the West. They had curated a show with just about every type of sheep and spinning fiber (crab shell roving, anyone?), beautiful hand-dyed and hand spun yarn, knitting and spinning notions, and body products (check out the Barmaids–love) you could imagine.
I wandered around for a couple of hours, visually absorbing all of the fibery goodness, before taking a break to sit out in the sun. I had some lunch, knit a little on my sock, and watched Kate, herding dog extraordinaire, do her thing.

While I loved so much of what my local spinners and dyers had to offer, I didn’t buy or photograph a single skein of yarn! Mostly I was doing recon for an upcoming project and saving my dollars for a weekend extravaganza in July. : ) It is so pleasantly comforting to know that people are out there caring for their sheep and other fiber-bearing beasties, working hard to make beautiful, durable yarn and fiber, and taking the time to bring it all to market. I want to do my best to support their efforts to help ensure they have a place to come back to year after year.

Have you done any stash enhancement lately? How do you decide what to buy and from whom?