At last the Galadriel fleece is finished. I started out doing a complicated lace pattern, but the fullness of the twist, just made the pattern disappear. So instead I decided on a plain and simple piece, letting the yarn show itself. It's soft and warm and wonderful. One down.....
Last weekend was the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. No it's not a gathering of the bad boys in the family, but the gathering of all things sheepy. There were live sheep from local ranchers working on getting their ribbons for the best sheep, there were spinners, knitters and weavers demonstrating their sills. And there was FLEECE! Lots and lots of fleece, in all shades and fiber content. BFL and silk, BFL and Alpaca, Shetland; rainbow colors, earth colors, circus colors and the list goes on.
Now, I already have a ton of unspun fleece. And I have a lot of sock yarn (for some reason, sock yarn calls to me and I just can't resist it). Some months ago I took stock of what I had in my stash closet; did some culling out and decided that I had quite enough sock yarn, thank you very much, and enough fleece to keep me spinning for a year. So, I had pretty well, made up my mind NOT to go to the Black Sheep Gathering. Then my spinning buddy and fiber addict in crime convinced me that I really should go and "You don't have to buy anything, just LOOK". HAH!
Ok, so I lied. I did have to buy something - well a lot of somethings. There was a woman who was there for the first time as a dye artist. She'd never sold her fleece before and her color sense was amazing! The Whimsical Ewe, owned by Dana Nishimura is fantastic. She'll probably be at the Canby, OR Flock and Fiber Festival and I highly recommend stopping by her booth. Merino/Tencel and a Merino/Silk braid in warm earthy green and golds. Can't wait to spin those up and see how they blend.
Dycentra was there in all it's heavenly glorious colors, so I had to buy several fleeces from them. Such a joy to spin - Merino and Silk in a luscious color called Sangria. And Abstract Fibers, another favorite, in Merino and Silk in a berry colorway.
And then there was the sock yarn - darn! One booth caught my eye - yes, it's all about the color. Chameleon Color Works from BaaBaa Loo, one skein in soft mossy tones, the other skein reminded me of an English Garden. Yes, more sock yarn. What's a girl to do! I don't know if these will become socks or shawls.....or maybe I'll just drink in their colors and just look at them for a while.
So now I have 8 more 4 oz braids of woolies to spin up. Let's see, add that to the 6 braids I already have.....yup, I think I'm in trouble - BIG trouble.