One Long Weekend

Today is a quiet day of rest, recuperation, and reflection after a very long (but fun) weekend. I’m sitting here in what my mother-in-law refers to as “traveling togs”, and others call a leisure suit; whichever way you slice it, I’m comfy and loving it!

I spent the weekend participating in my first fiber festival as a vendor. Black Sheep Gathering is held each August in Eugene, OR and is a concentration of all things fibery: sheep, goats, fleece auctions, spinning circles, and a vendor marketplace. This is where the Stash booth was set up.

I feel like I ran a marathon after going through the work of list-making, packing, setup,being in the booth for 3 days, and packing up. I now understand on a much deeper level all the thought that goes into creating a successful booth, and give full-time show vendors a lot of credit. It’s not an easy gig, but once the doors open and you can literally feel people’s excitement, it is so worth it!


That said, Liz* and I had a lot of fun running the booth, meeting new friends and blog readers, and basically basking in the love of Our People. You know, when you’re in a room full of like-minded people who just understand It. What ever it is. It’s blissful and exciting and inspiring, and now I want to knit all the things I saw every knitter wearing. All of them!

But first, it’s time to  put my sore feet up, tune into a knitting podcast, and get to work on my Tidal cardigan.  Nothing pushes me into “finish” mode faster than wanting a clean slate for starting new projects!

*Liz is an amazing sewer and knitter!  Check out the buntings she made for the Stash booth:

Thanks Liz!  And thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hi.  You made it worth all the hard work!

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?