Sunday, June 22, 2008

BSG 2008: A Very Furry Time

Ah! The Black Sheep Gathering. Sigh. I love it.

The booth looked beautiful.

I had some free time to hang out with Adrienne and spin. She was on a spinning buying frenzy. Hopefully, in the next couple of days she will blog about it. I was trying out her new Ken Ledbetter spindle. It has inlaid lapis. Beautiful.

Here's a little guy that I absolutely love and know all too well. The black blue-face leicester.

Ok, let's show you the new stash. Beware. Warning. This is intense. I am in love. There were so many things that I could not resist. I have been so good, keeping to my very tidy, neat budget. Well, you know how when you go on a diet, and you are so good and then, you go crazy and start with jalepeno poppers, move onto a cheeseburger with french fries, and then move to a deluxe banana split. Yeah, well, this trip was something like that.

After perusing about 20 spindles, there are 2 that I purchased. The one on the left is a Spindlewood made out of pink ivory and ebony. The spindle on the left is made by -- shoot, I am going to have to get back to you about this one. I packed the tag away. When I get home I will tell you. What I do know is that both spin, and spin, and spin.

Toots LeBlanc
: 50% Alpaca / 50% Jacob. This is going to be knit into Wicked.

I played Black Sheep Bingo and won a prize! Oklahoma Wool Snob! I never win anything! I am so excited. This yarn is so beautiful. Wool & Mohair.

Here come the fleeces! Oh my! I told myself that I had enough fleeces (5 from last year) and that I was going to buy yarn instead this year (Toots LeBlanc) and buy fleeces again next year. However, I had to go over and just look at the fleeces before they went on sale. Going through the preview, I saw a ton of beautiful fleeces but frankly, I didn't really see anything to break my promise. But, then, I noticed that the one of the fleeces that won best in show was up for sale. The race was on, my competitive spirit kicked in. I had to have this fleece. Lierally, this fleece is lavender in color. Seriously.
Romeldale x CVM

Alright, so the Romeldale was expensive as is should be. I walked over to he register to pay and get the H out of there before I "accidentally" found something else. Well, Adrienne and I thought that they accepted cc -- and they didn't. So, she had to run to the car. Well, I thought, I will just peruse. Killer! Because then, I found this fleece!!

Wensleydale!! From the same grower as the Romeldale. This fleece shines and shimmers. Literally, it is like a Tahitian Black Pearl. As you turn the fleece, it flips from dark grey to light grey to irridescent white. I flipped through it again and again. I said to myself no, you are not going to take this. And, then a woman walked over, I saw her glance at the Wensleydale fleece -- and I grabbed it tighter. Ok, it's coming home I guess.

I am so happy. Sara, Marlowe, and Caitlyn came to the Black Sheep Gathering too.
Here we are with our new read that right...can you guess what's inside?

Please meet Marcel Oliver, our new French Angora bunny!

His beautiful creamy-red fleece.

Love!! Now, I must run away and play!


Anonymous said...

congrats on the new addition! what a cute little one...

Jessica said...

Bunny! His face is too adorable.

helenlam said...

Such pretty fleeces...and congrats on the bunny! Sounds like you guys had a great time.

Sonya said...

Now I know why I should never go to BSG. They should have devices at the entrance gate - I'm sorry ma'am you can't come in, you have no self control. Wow! What a haul. Never spin that wensleydale. It is GORGEOUS in the raw. WOW! And what does Miss Cleo think of the new baby?

aija said...

Oh, it's awful cos I said "fleece!!" then "bunny!!" but scrolled back up to ogle the fleece again :)

Marcel is adorable!!

Risa said...

Aw, a bunny!! He is so cute.
I'm totally going to Black Sheep next year. Maybe I'll have a spinning wheel by then. Pusher!

the Lady said...

Quel beau lapin!

Anonymous said...

It was nice to meet you and Adrienne at the BSG.

I purchased a drop spindle and roving from you there to go along with several other impulse buys yarns and books.

Thanks for the time you spent with me talking about spinning and the demonstration. As of now, my spinning sucks but I hope to take a class soon.


Deb said...

Oh he is beautiful!! How was his fur? My lighter girl (Clara) was pretty matted up. I am still working out her issues. Isabelle was much better. They both sit so quietly in my lap while I groom them. Yesterday I brought them in at the same time and let them each play while the other was getting groomed. I'll have to get some pics! They are so fun:)
I am glad I was there on Friday--I couldn't have resisted getting a fleece or two. Those are really beautiful.