the Intrepid Fiberwizard

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Back home from BSG

Fiber fairs are always fun - they take a bit of work (from the vendor side of things) but once the set up is done, the FUN begins! I thought that you might enjoy this pictoral review (there's alot of them) of last weekend's events at Black Sheep Gathering:

There was some sock knitting on the way there - I had 5 wonderful hours to just sit and knit - grins -
I finished up my 'Wild Thing' sock in the Chevron pattern, and got started on the sock knit with Midnight Hour colorway - I'm just loving this one.

It's amazing to know that 3 entire buildings go from this:

to this (and there will soon be more photos of our booth posted on our website):

Nancy Finn (of Chasing Rainbows fame) graciously stopped by to help us. Set up took about 6 hours from start to finish. Thank you Nancy - especially for your patience for how long it took to finally have dinner that night (grins)

Throughout the 3 buildings,and also outside, there was fiber/yarn/books/wheels and in a fourth building the animals baa and bleat. Here's a few pictures of some other vendor booths and their clever displays.

A delightful time was had every evening, after the show. Friends from all over gathered by the RV's, sharing drinks and food. It was a weekend-long-potluck! Spinning and laughing until the wee hours of the morning.

I was able to snag a photo of Cheryl (our main spinner for the Sock Hop Yarn) . She's the one behind the sunglasses! We were toasting the fun of finally meeting in person! (imagine that !) Her wheel was flying all weekend long, (as was mine) creating some new Sock Hop Yarn to sell.

It seems that it was a weekend of many gifts - one of the lovelies that I received was this set of over-sized hand blown knitting needles, from our friends Sheila and Michael Ernst. Thank you - I just love them!!
We sell their glass knitting needles and buttons, and they also have their own website. They make some amazing orafice hooks, buttons, and lots of other gorgeous glass items. Hop on over and check them out!
Beki (pictured spinning by the RV on a drop spindle) gifted me with some sweet hand made sock knitting needle protectors - sorry, no photo yet - thank you so much Beki! They saved the day on the ride home.

At the end of the weekend, most of the booths looked like this (almost empty!!)

We took the booth down in 104 degree heat (phew) - it took a bit longer than usual, since we had to stop for water breaks - we arrived home around 12:30 am, and flopped our happy weary bones into bed. The dye pots are already cookin' up some new batches of fiber, here at Crown Mountain Farms, and the wheel is spinnin' along with Sock Hop yarn.
Thank you to all our wonderful customers and friends - we had a blast!!


At June 29, 2006 at 11:47 AM, Blogger trek said...

I think I drooled on my keyboard.

Welcome home.

(My word verification starts with dpn, how appropriate.)

At June 29, 2006 at 12:40 PM, Blogger Pixiepurls said...

hello, call me jelouse please! lol

At June 29, 2006 at 2:02 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Welcome back! Glad it was such a fun and succesful weekend. And even better you found time to knit and spin.

At June 29, 2006 at 3:08 PM, Blogger Marisol said...

Wow, looks like an awesome fiber filled weekend was had by all. Boy am I jealous--I don't know if I will ever be able to experience one of these living out here in San Francisco.

Of all the pictures I liked your booth the best... All those gorgeous skeins of pencil roving:)

At June 29, 2006 at 3:08 PM, Blogger Jane said...

Welcome home! I'm so glad it was a success!

Are you sitting in your purple chair yet? :)

At June 29, 2006 at 7:28 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

Truly drool worthy!!

Congrats on the success!!

At June 30, 2006 at 6:44 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

woooooooow I need to go to a festival with YOUR booth in it! I like the roving hanging from strings too - that's pretty cute.

At June 30, 2006 at 7:09 AM, Blogger Momo said...

Wow, that looks like an amazing show. Congrats on the success of it all!

At June 30, 2006 at 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an excellent weekend, except for the obnoxious heat!!! Great pictures, the Hubby has been waiting to see them, he heard so much about the weekend........hee hee hee hee.


ok, I'll get of the computer and back to the spinning wheel.

At July 1, 2006 at 6:18 AM, Blogger Knittinreed said...

Your booth looks fantastic. Great work in setting up. I hope you sold LOTS and LOTS and had great fun.
Welcome home.

At July 1, 2006 at 4:30 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Oh, it looks like it was wondrously fun! Hmmm, might have to travel out to the BSG one of these years....

At July 2, 2006 at 9:43 AM, Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

Welcome back! All that fiber...ohhhhh.....

At July 2, 2006 at 2:29 PM, Blogger Stacey said...

Wow. The colors even on the blog are incredible - I can't imagine it in person! Welcome back!

At July 3, 2006 at 10:48 AM, Anonymous Kathy said...

Looks like a great weekend -- both fun and good for business!


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