At the end of June, I went to Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. It's a cute fiber festival that focuses on the animals, fiber mostly for spinning, and a small amount of yarn. I went for one day with a couple of my friends. :o) It was so much fun, and I would love to go again, though it may not be a yearly event for me... It ended up being a longer drive than I originally expected. >.< Anyways, here are some pictures from the event.
The animals were adorable, getting to hang out with friends (Marilyn, a local PDXer, and Ari, a Seattle-ite... and many more not pictured) was great, there were some amazing felted pieces of art there, a wall of handspun yarn (of many different breeds of sheep) then swatched for us to ogle over, and a new favorite shop (Stick + String)! :oD
And, of course, the haul. I couldn't resist getting one Stick + String's batts, so I nabbed the one I was eyeing all day (the gorgeous desert-y colored one), some black wool with a rainbow of sparkles from The Fiber Addict, and some natural colored wools (a wool sampler pack and Shetland/Alpaca) from Woolgathering. I also got my very first Jenkins spindle, an Aegean. Eeeeee, so excited!!
As far as the wool sampler pack goes, it contains 30 different breeds of sheep! My friend, Marilyn, and I split a pack (full pack is 1oz/breed, so we now have 0.5oz/breed), and we will be spinning them up and will be putting up blog posts about our thoughts on each of them. I'm very excited because I haven't even heard of some of these breeds!! :oD