Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

This past weekend I headed up to Canby for OFFF, the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  Saturday was sunny and hot.  I got to the festival a bit after noon and met up with my friend Amy and her son Lance.  We spent a while admiring all the adorable animals.

I'm not sure what breed this guy is
Scottish Blackface
This guy belongs to a friend of Amy's
 (that's Amy scritching his chin)

Alpacas are the cutest critters.  Amy and I discussed our daydreams of owning farms with fiber animals.  I don't think either of us really wants to deal with the reality of owning animals: the long hours, the day-to-day slog, the vet bills, etc.  But, oh, it is a nice fantasy.  A beautiful piece of land somewhere, with Alpacas, or maybe sheep, growing your own fiber.  Mind you, I don't even spin, so it's really a fantasy for me.

Curly Angoras

Recently sheared, but still pretty cute

The forecast called for rain Saturday night and Sunday, so Amy and her family wussed out on camping.  I debated it, but I'd gone to the trouble of getting my tent down from my hot, hot, hot, attic, so I danged well was gonna use it.  Plus while we'd looked at lots of yarn, I hadn't picked what I wanted to buy.  So I set up camp over in the Pine Grove area.  I knit and enjoyed the cool evening breezes. 

It did rain and get windy during the night, but my little tent kept me dry.  The wind was blowing through the trees, causing a steady stream of pine needles plopping onto my tent.  Once something bigger bonged into the tent and woke me up.  Probably just a pine cone, but in the middle of the night it sounded like something huge.

The rain had stopped in the morning but I had to deal with my packing stupidity.  I brought the Coleman stove, the french press, the coffee, the tea kettle to heat the water in, but I forgot the propane canister.  Oops, gonna be hard to make coffee.  Luckily the Old River Coffee booth was open early to sell me a cup, cuz you don't want to deal with me if I don't get my coffee in the morning.  The rain held off a while and I was able to get my tent packed up fairly dryly.

I wandered thru all the booths looking at all the pretty yarn and attended a couple demos.  While I was wandering, I met one of the test knitters for my Diamond Cap pattern, MystykDream on Rav.  She recognized me from the pattern photo.  The Testing Pool group on Rav is a wonderful resource - I found such a great group of test knitters and it was fun to meet one in real life.

There was so much gorgeous yarn, it was so hard not to just buy one of everything.  But I was good.  I ended up getting two Socks That Rock mill ends at Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and a beautiful purple super fine Alpaca skein from Dicentra

The photograph doesn't do the colors justice because the sun just doesn't want to come out here in Oregon.  The leftmost is a gorgeous blend of olive greens, the center one is a beautiful mix of teal and gray, and the right is sumptuous shades of purple.  I'm going to have to improve my photography skills.  I guess I'm going to have to get a good artificial lighting setup.  I live in Oregon, after all.  Natural light is low to non-existent most of the year.

The green sock yarn will be used for socks (since I foolishy signed up for Socktoberfest on Rav).  I can't decide if the teal/gray skein should be socks or gloves.  The purple alpaca will be some type of neckwarmer.  Shawl?  Scarf? Cowl?  Probably a small shawl, but I'm not sure.

It had been raining on and off throughout the day.  After I bought my yarn, it was just pouring down rain.  I waited for a brief lull to sprint to my Jeep and headed home around 3pm.  OFFF was a lot of fun and I'm definitely planning to go back next year.  Maybe with a bigger yarn budget :^)

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