June 26, 2006


Master Knitter Anne enlightened us at Guild last Wednesday as to the benefits (and the pitfalls) of the TKGA program. Here's a photo of her holding up the Aran sweater that she designed for Level III. She's explaining that she made a cropped sweater for her teenaged daughter, placing the mandatory bobbles on the sleeves, and topping the whole thing off with a deep, ribbed turtleneck.

Long-time readers of this blog will recall seeing this sweater in an earlier entry.

Then it was off to Black Sheep Gathering for the weekend. I drove down with Terri again this year. We haven't seen each other in months, and so we had plenty to catch up on, which was good, because we kept up a lively conversation while sitting in the traffic that was damn near solid all the way from Seattle to Salem, Oregon, before the traffic finally broke loose and we had a few miles of open road to our destination in Eugene.

Once at Black Sheep Gathering on Saturday morning, we met up with many knitters we knew. We spent Saturday afternoon in a spinning circle:

Marti, at left, and Terri, at right. On the floor in the foreground you see my little bit of Colonial fiber and my drop spindle, set aside while I took the photo.

Peggy and Jessica. (Check out Jessica's blog for more cute photos from BSG.)

Sheila and Michael Ernst at their booth where they sell their handmade glass buttons. Sheila joined us in spinning for the afternoon, and we -- along with some others from the Fiber Traditions list -- had dinner together.

This charming needle-felted fellow won a first place ribbon:


He's looking at his reflection in the "water." His maker was Betty Teubel, and she lives in Enumclaw, Washington, which is practically a stone's throw from me. Wonder if I might run into her some day and learn how she comes up with her ideas for needle felting.

I don't know that I've ever seen so much laceweight yarn together in one place as at Black Sheep Gathering this year. At vendor's booth after vendor's booth, there were all different kinds of laceweights to choose from: cashmere, silk, pygora, and all sorts of blends. (I bought 1200 yards of pygora/silk blend to work up into a shawl.)

I enjoyed fondling fleeces with Jessica and Terri, and watching them buy one fleece to split between them. I didn't buy any fleeces this year, since the Corriedale fleece I bought last year has been only washed and still awaits combing or carding, and spinning. (The processor I sent it to last year was unable to run it through their carding machine.) I just don't see my spinning career taking off to the point where I need a stash of fleeces.

What I do envision for my future spinning career, though, is spinning up enough of this


ice blue cashmere roving that I got at BSG to knit myself a lace scarf.

Posted by Karen at June 26, 2006 12:17 PM

Oooh! Cashmere-y goodness. Some day I'd like to go to BSG. Thanks for the virtual trip.

Posted by: Jewel at June 26, 2006 01:15 PM

BSG does look fun. That's an amazing needle-felted piece! I wonder how long it takes to do something like that? She's obviously really gifted, too.

Posted by: Patti at June 26, 2006 02:09 PM

Patti -- this woman had entered in BSG not only this raccoon, but also a needle-felted pug dog, and a couple of other needle-felted animals. The others were stand-alone animals. What was so charming about the raccoon was how he was placed in his setting.

Posted by: Karen at June 26, 2006 03:30 PM

great post! bsg looks like fun :-)
and your daughter allegra's photos are wonderful!

Posted by: vanessa at June 26, 2006 07:58 PM

It was great to get to meet and spend a bit of time with you this year at Black Sheep! We enjoyed getting to sit down at dinner and visit a bit. I hope that we get to do that again sometime!
Your handspun cashmere scarf will be georgeous, to say the least. I don't think that I'm quite brave enough to take cashmere on YET!
Hope to see you at OFFF in the fall, it's at least a bit farther north than Eugene.
Thanks for including Michael and I in your blog!!

Posted by: Sheila E at June 27, 2006 03:03 PM

thanks for posting the photos, you are right that little racoon was awesome. btw, i checked out betsy's book. our socks are similar, but not the same. whew!

Posted by: marti at June 27, 2006 03:31 PM