Friday, September 24, 2010

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival!

Or:  Canby, Oregon, here I come!

This is the weekend of the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.  When I have attended in past years,  the weather has cooperated nicely for the festival, about half of which takes place outside.  The animals---many varieties of sheep, goats, and alpacas, primarily--- are fascinating, the fiber and yarns are beautiful to look at, and soft to the touch.  The many vendors are generally friendly and helpful.   I especially enjoy the fibery goodness of Dicentra Designs.  Her colors are amazing, and her booth is beyond beautiful. Here's a link to her Etsy shop, in case you can't get to Canby this weekend.

Last year my big splurge was a pair of glass needles from Sheila and Michael Ernst.  In order to make the purchase as "practical" (yeah, right) as possible, I got a pair of size 8 16" circular needles in Amber.

 These are the needles reposing in a skein of handspun.
One of the needles, in sunset light.  You really should come to OFFF to see Sheila and Michael's display, too, but here's their website, in case you are otherwise engaged this weekend. 

Finally, here's a hat I knit, partly out of yarn spun (by Jane) from Lisa of Dicentra Design's hand dyed roving.  Lisa calls the multicolor yarn colorway "Pelennor."  I call it "yummy."

Pattern:  Elizabeth Zimmerman's Tam, from her book, Knitting Without Tears.

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