Black Sheep Gathering 2009

I posted iPhone photos during the gathering for the folks that could not attend.  They are at:

Then I took some other photos with Tom’s digital camera.  The first set of photos is of the Fiber Arts competition.
This is a felted silk/wool scarf I just love:

This is a felted sheep wreath:
A felted watermelon:
Next are the photos from the Wool Judging.  

This is a Navajo Churro fleece I desperately wanted to buy, but someone else got to it first:

This is a gorgeous fine white fleece with an amazing long staple length:
This is another fine white fleece with an incredible luster to its locks:
This is a knitted sheep bag.  I was wondering if I could knit pencil roving to make a similar bag:
This is a roving and rag bag I would love to be able to make:
This is a river otter we saw outside our hotel room:
These are some of the spinners:
Next are my purchases- embarrassing given the size of my fiber stash already.
This is a dyed mohair and wool yarn skein I could not pass up (50% off!):
This is a dyed silk and wool roving I could not live without:
This is a baby camel and merino wool roving that is SO soft I had to try it out on my wheel:
This is a yak and merino wool roving that is just lovely:
This is a Navajo Churro roving I bought since I could not buy the fleece I wanted above- it’s my consolation wool:
This is a red kid mohair fleece that was my consolation fleece purchase since I couldn’t buy the fleece I originally wanted above:
This is 1 ounce of buffalo down I bought to try out:
And the grand finale….the red Angora goat kid I have always wanted!
Every year at the BSG I fall in love with a red Angora kid, and my heart is broken because it is always sold first or not for sale.  So this year I finally bought this wonderful red buckling (soon to be a fiber wether).  His given name is Wa-Zoo since he is red and grey and from Pullman.  We are going to call him “Coug”.  He was not too happy with the long ride home but seems to be settling in with our Nigora wether Mr. D.
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8 Responses to Black Sheep Gathering 2009

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only Shetland breeder who bought fiber! Ha! And that river otter? Looks like a nutria.

  2. Donna says:

    A nutria…yuk!

  3. sheepsclothing says:

    Wow! So you did end up bringing home a new critter! I notice that there is a crate in the picture…. did that require a quick trip to the pet store?

    I just spun up a sample of kid mohair I bought at Black Sheep, and it is wonderful- I had no idea what I’ve been missing!

  4. Donna says:

    Yes, we ran to the pet store to buy the kennel only to discover that it was too small for him. So he just ran around the back of the pick up, peeing and pooping on Tom’s tools. Tom is thrilled!

  5. Michelle says:

    So lock the dogs up in the back of the pick-up to clean up the goat mess! hee!

  6. Donna says:

    Good idea, but Tom already cleaned it up. Nut sure if the dogs would have licked all the urine from his tools (and not destroyed some of the tools in the process). And now we have yet another kennel.

  7. Tina T-P says:

    Ok, I guess I hardly bought a thing in comparison – and (HA) we came home without any critters! Congrats on your new little fellow! T.

  8. Donna says:

    I went a little extra crazy this year. I am justifying by saying to myself with my new job I will have more time for fiber.

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