I did not leave the Black Sheep Gathering last weekend empty-handed. The festival only comes around once a year and it is the best opportunity I have to get wonderful unique fiber. So I plan to find something special to keep me busy until the next Black Sheep Gathering. I was really inspired by the colorplay of Miryha Runnerstrom’s 2-ply yarn. Her business is called Blarney Yarn. I love the close value color combinations that have so much movement and life.
So I bought her pattern for the Downeast Shawlette, which is a wonderful little crochet piece.
I especially love the way she added the contrasting blue border to frame her shawl. Doesn’t it look like standing in the middle of a flower garden?
I shopped at my friend Janis Thompson’s shop called Dyelots!, and got a vibrant Polwarth/Silk blend fiber in deep jewel tones.
Janis’ hand dyed fiber is above/top. The bottom 2 colorways I bought from Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Arts. Her work always inspires me with her knack for color blending. These colors are dyed over Blue Faced Leicester /silk.
A new yarn shop opened in Corvallis, Oregon called Stash and they had a booth this year at The Gathering. I immediately was drawn to it! The owner was using my colors everywhere! It was instant LOVE!
Her yarn display was beautiful, with her banners and old suitcases. I came by numerous times, wanting to buy everything.
She had some new books, and I knew I was going to buy one of them.
I settled on this one: Little Red In The City. It is a gorgeous book!
Every page is styled beautifully, with very creative themes and ideas. Simply looking through this book made me feel inspired and brought me to a happy place. Books have the power to do that!
And I bought a pattern from her for this shawl, Cedar Leaf Shawlette. It is really more of a scarf, with a scalloped leaf border that I love. As you can see, I have started knitting it already!
I found the yarn for it at another booth, also another new yarn seller who happens to be local, Textiles A Mano. The owner, Laura, created this wonderful colorway called Depoe Bay in Merino/silk. It is a gray with all these muted flecks of color in it. So soft and huggable, great to knit.
I am so happy. The Black Sheep Gathering is my special treat. I do feel very fortunate to have it here every year.
Do you have a special fiber festival or fair that you go to that is YOUR special treat?
Be happy and creative ~ Karen