I'm home from Black Sheep Gathering, a little light in the wallet, but oh so happy. :D
This was a quick trip, we went down on Thursday and came back this afternoon after the wool show.
Friday was spent learning how to blend fibers with cards and combs, making color wheels and custom palettes. It was fabulous. I think I see some primary dying and blending in my future. The depth of color you get from mixing already dyed fiber together is just stunning.
This morning was spent wandering through the barns making friends with sheep.
Look at this adorable face!
and someday... someday... these will be mine.
They're called "Babydoll Minature Southdown Sheep" They're 18-24 inches tall and just sweet and calm.
Please excuse the photos, I had my camera on manner mode so as to not annoy the beasties.
We stayed for the wool show this year. I was feeling vaguely competent with my hand combs after spending all Friday with them. I've been wanting to try to spin some Jacob, I love the variety of colors in their fleeces. I drooled over the 1st place Jacob fleece during the preview, and lucked out and snagged it when the sale opened. I also picked up a lovely shetland fleece on impulse. The prices were really reasonable, and I've got hours of fiber prep and spinning fun ahead. Also pictured with my newly acquired fleeces is a lovely hand-dyed wool/alpaca blend roving that I picked up in the market place yesterday. Three bags full indeed :D
My last purchase of the weekend was something that I don't really need, but just couldn't resist. It's a beautiful handmade shuttle for my loom. I kept wandering back to admire the wood working of Mr. Ledbetter and he's just the sweetest guy in the world and everything was so gorgeous....(His t-shirt, btw, says "I make stuff")
How could I resist? It's Australian lace wood, and light as a feather.