Black Sheep Gathering 2014

Jacuzzi tub

I decided to go to the BSG again this year because Judith MacKenzie was judging the fleeces, and I wanted to bring a couple of fleeces to get her opinion.  Originally Tom was going to accompany me again so I reserved a nicer hotel room with a jacuzzi tub to make his stay a little nicer.  But he decided instead to go on a camping/motorcycle trip with my father and brother.  So I decided to spoil myself (and my back) and keep the reservation.  Above is the tub, and below is the fireplace and TV in the jacuzzi’s room.

fireplace and TV in jacuzzi room

I drove down Thursday (7 hours) and dropped off my two fleeces.  Then returned on Friday morning to catch the Shetland sheep judging.  This is the ram class.

Shetland ram classThis is a cool knitted skirt seen during the sheep judging.

cool knitted skirtHere are two cute lambs that hung out with us for a little while in the stands.

cute ewe lambs

Here is some of the Shetland ewe lambs being judged.

Shetland ewe lamb class

After the sheep judging was over, I headed to the wool building to watch Judith judge fleeces.  There I spotted this cool purse that appears to be made with baling twine.

cool twine purse

On Friday evening, I went to the Ocean Sky to join other shepherds in dinner.  It was fun catching up with everyone again.  We were all starving so actually made a dent in the copious portions of food they served.

On Saturday I returned to the wool show to watch the fleece judging.  Here is a beautiful fleece about to be judged.

beautiful fleece

And here is Judith with a Teeswater lock.

Judith and Teeswater lockAnd here are some of the Shetland yearling fleeces about to be judged by Judith.

Judith and Shetland yearling classAnd here is Velvet’s fleece being judged by her.  She had nice things to say but I did not get a ribbon.  There was fierce competition, and my fleece (and sheep) are small and so lost out on size.

Judith and Velvets fleece

The fleece judging was behind schedule, and I was starving by the time the Shetlands were over so failed to get any more photos of the judging including Heidi’s fleece.  I ate a quick lunch and then scoped out the sales barns.  Here is an interesting sweater sheep.

cool stuffed sweater sheep

I then headed back to the wool sale to check out the fleeces before the sale opened.  Here is a cool windshield sunscreen I encountered en route.

windshield shade screen

Here is Velvet’s fleece with Judith’s nice comments.

Velvets comments

And here is a pretty Icelandic fleece.

pretty Icelandic fleeceI am proud to say I did not buy any fleeces at the wool show.  I headed back to the hotel and relaxed, spinning and knitting while watching the World Cup.

knitting with World Cup

On Sunday I headed back to BSG and took in a sock machine knitting demo.  I checked out and then drove home.  Traffic was awful from north of Vancouver through Tacoma.  It took me 8 hours to get home.  The whole time I was telling myself I am never going back to BSG again.  This sentiment may change as I forget about the traffic though.  Here is the loot I bought at BSG.

BSG loot

I did pretty well.  A couple of bars of soap, an emergency skein of white Shetland yarn since I accidentally grabbed camel yarn instead of Lonny’s and needed the white Shetland for the next row of my knitting project, and some camo roving to make something cool for my hubby.  I also got some of the tie-dyed BSG shirts.  Here is the progress I made on my sweater.

sweater progress

I managed to spin, ply, skein and wash the white Satin Angora in 1.5 days during BSG as well as getting quite a bit of the knitting done.  All and all a successful Gathering.





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6 Responses to Black Sheep Gathering 2014

  1. sandy says:

    Thanks so much for your post. I couldn’t go this year but reading this made me feel like I was there! Your shetland wool is great. I only got a small bit of decent wool from our shetland/jacob cross guy. He started to shed and got really matted before I sheared him. Hopefully next year I’ll get him in time. I don’t remember where in washington you are. We are west of oly.

  2. sheepsclothing says:

    Your sweater is looking great! I was sorry to have missed dinner out with you and the other NW Shetland folks on Friday, but was out with the person who was hosting us in Eugene. Did you take any classes?

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Denise! I understand you had other commitments but we did have fun at dinner. I did not take any classes. I just watched the judging and saw some demos. So what was that fleece I saw you with?


  3. Jackie Craw says:

    I couldn’t go to BSG so was nice hearing about it from your blog. you sure are productive when you are relaxing!

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