Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Back from the Black Sheep Gathering. Every year I think how lucky we are to have such a fine fiber fair in our own town, just minutes from our house. It was busy this year, showing sheep, fleeces, fiber creations and participating in the spinners' lead. Tom also presented his first "handcrafted by Tom" spinning wheel! He has been apprenticing with Magnus Drudik, driving to Salem once a week for the past 6 months. And now he has something to show for all that work. It created quite a stir at the show and we spent lots of time retelling the story. At one point, as my sentences no longer were making any sense, I suggested that he just put that wheel back in the car.
People are asking how we "did" at the show. Well I can say our sheep placed middle of the road in a class of a lot of very fine Shetlands. Competition is tough and I guess the judge didn't find anything we had particularly exceptional (of course I beg to differ!). But we did do well in the wool show, placing 2nd and 3rd in the mature Shetland. Julia and Strudel came through for us. I got a blue ribbon on my felted vest and lots of positive feedback from my strut through the spinners' lead.