Hello, how was your weekend? We attended the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) in Canby, OR on Saturday. We took the "quiet and well-behaved" boys with us as we thought they'd like seeing the sheep, goats, alpacas and rabbits. One of my blog friends Kathy at Running with Rocket blog was planning on attending so I texted her when we were heading to the festival and we met up there for the first time. She is a very talented seamstress and gifted the boys with a zipper bag to keep their treasures in. She and her husband have a vintage bi-plane, live on an air park and have their plane in their own hanger! You'll have to check out her blog.
Kathy jumped right in to help us corral the boys and try to keep them out of trouble. I think we needed a few more people to help with that. LOL! Kathy and I walked among the vendor tents together and I snapped a photo of a basket of colorful wool all ready for spinning.
We headed straight to the barns so they boys could see the animals.. I just missed a photo of Hayden communing with this white Pygora goat, they were nose to nose, very cute. Pygoras are a cross between Pygmy and Angora goats.
I loved this one as it was a rusty red with a warm beige coat. The boys weren't afraid of the animals.. it may have been the other way around. LOL!
I would love to spin this fiber into yarn!
There were lots of Angora goats as they were showing them to the judges while we were there.They are SO cute with their hair in their eyes.
A photo of the judge checking each animal and then placing them in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
I fell in love with this little one with the grey curly locks of silky fiber.
I'd never seen this breed, called Teeswaters. The beautiful fluffy long hair looks like a dream to spin.
These two little black sheep were so cute, they looked liked twins.
Next to them was this big black boy who was very curious about my wool bag, nibble nibble.
3 shorn Alpacas - black, white and tan.. they are SO cute!
Dayle stayed with the boys by a big grassy area for them to run and play and Kathy and I headed off to look at the activities. More braided carded and dyed hanks of ready to spin wool.
There were many stalls of yarn all spun and dyed in addition to the ready-to-spin wool, alpaca, mohair and silk.
The baskets.. oh the baskets.. I fell in love with the pink and green striped one, but my dear long suffering husband informed me.. "You don't need another basket!". ::sigh:: He's right.. dang. But I'm still sorry I didn't get it. :-)
Which one do you like? The handles are wrapped in leather and they are very well made.. love them! I do have about 4 of them.. :-)
In years past there would be a large circle of spinners, this year they were here and there.
Amongst the spinners was a lone man weaving. Very nice pattern!
I then went into the big building and found more wonderful and colorful things.
My eyes were drawn to these shiny colorful hanks of silk. Me wantie!
Already spun.. oh drool..
At this point they announced that the festival was closing for the day. I asked another shopper if she'd take a photo of Kathy and I. I hope to be able to meet Kathy again, she was a lot of fun and I felt like we'd been friends for a long time.
Kathy and I chatted on a bench out front while I called Dayle and told him where we were - he and the boys joined us and we visited while the "quiet and well-behaved boys" amused themselves.
OK.. must be time to head home. :-)
As we drove away we passed this wonderful old Railroad Station which is a museum now. I love old RR station buildings.
And to top it off, a Union Pacific train came by - Dayle was an engineer with this company for over 30 years and spent his last years with the company running trains by this very spot.
I'm heading off to swim soon -- I miss my swim partner, Gracie. She's on a wonderful trip to see friends and family - so I have to go all by myself. :-) I hope your week ahead brings you joy and happiness. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)