Monday, September 28, 2015

Fiber Fest and Dahlias and Red Moon

Hello!  We visited the Swan Island Dahlia Farm on Saturday - such gorgeous blooms!  I just loved this shot with the blue sky behind with the puffy clouds.  

Our first stop was the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) held in Canby, Oregon.  As we strolled into the festival we enjoyed seeing all the ladies spinning and chatting in the center grassy area.

As we entered the main pavilion building we saw an elderly woman and her amazing spinning wheel in the shape of a burning phoenix.  

There is an amazing array of yarn, ready to spin roving and spinning tools.

I was amazed at this fine angora yarn knitted into a shawl.  Wow.

I met up with 3 other local bloggers, first was Becky but I have lost that photo!  Then Taci on the right, then Kathy joined us on the left.  We only got to chat for a bit but it was fun to see them.  

Rovings of wool and alpaca in all colors of the rainbow.

Which one do you want?

Oh how I wanted this Fall colored basket.. only $25... but I have enough baskets.. I have enough baskets..... 

No, Teresa.. you don't need more.. 

Kathy walked with me over to the animal tent and we watched these two showing their Angora goats.

I fell in love with this little flock of cute sheep.. with felted coats with cute designs. These were quite dear in price, but I found a simpler one to come home with me.  But just look at their cute smiling faces1

Here is the talented lady named Karen who makes the sheep.. LionGate, her Etsy shop and her website.

I think this is a Jacob Sheep.. I think he's terribly handsome.

And of course there were some Alpaca there.. is he cute or what?

His pals.

If I had to choose, this boy would live here with me.. he was grey with white and black spots and a cream face.  Oh you sweet thing!

With my cute little sheep in a bag and honey with a bag of Kettle Korn we headed off to our next destination - the dahlia farm.  

I snapped several images of flowers of all colors and sizes.. want to see?  

There is a pretty fountain there with granite columns where you can sit and enjoy the flowers, which I did.  And the sky and clouds.. joy.

Which of these flowers would you like growing in your garden?  I am choosing the spidery bright yellow one.  You?

When I took the little sheep out of the bag to admire him.. Buddy seemed to find that he smelled quite interestingly.  :-)

Do you see how cute the face is?  It's eyes are closed, nose in the air and a big smile on her face.  I picked one with a spotted fleece of white and grey wool.  The legs and feet are made of rusty horse shoe nails.

I think my new sheep looks good with my two old fashioned sheep.  I thought of my blog friend Meredith when I got this one.  :-)

I drove up to Portland Women's Forum last night to try to get a photo of the eclipse and "blood moon" that was forecast.  It was like a zoo up there with people parking alongside the road going both ways for a 1/2 mile and the parking was totally jam packed.. so I drove back to the Corbett School lot and tried to get some shots.  It. Was. Not. Easy.  My camera just couldn't get enough light off the moon to get a good shot.. so this was all I got.  

Right before I went to bed I went out and got a shot of the "Super" moon.  So pretty.  But not red or in eclipse!  :-)

Did you see the eclipse?  Now I have to talk myself into going swimming.  Hmmm.  I hope you have a super week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Bedazzled! Yes, I am bedazzled by your post. Can all of the flowers be by favorite? OFFF looked like great fun and I am very impressed you did not buy another basket! Thanks for all the links to explore. Your smiling sheep has found a good home :) With a kleenex box by my side I drove to Revenue Road along with 30 other cars and tried to get some photos of the moon, but had the same issues as you, I think. I am putting together a between coughing...and sneezing...and sitting in the sunshine to absorb some vitamin D. Stay well!!! xx

  2. Oh my word what wonderful photos - am in awe - all the colours - like an amazing array of jewels. The dahlias are stunning and I love them all. Love the alpaca and the sheep :-) oh and Buddy of course :-)
    I did get up to look at the moon but it had not started to really change and I was so tired I went back to sleep intending to look again but fell asleep - it was 3.30am. Hugs Anne x

  3. Bedazzled! Yes. I am with Gracie. I'm so jealous it's ridiculous. How much fun was that day??? I wish I could have been there. And you saw Taci too! It's just not fair. You girls get to have so much fun over there in Portland. Those yarns! Those sheep and alpaca! Those flowers. And your moon pictures are fantabulous! Too many exclamation points? I don't care. I want to have a room at your house and have the adventures you do my sweet Teresa. Fun, fun, fun!
    Blessings my friend,

  4. You do have the very best adventures, the yarn is fantastic, as are the dahlias. The blood moon was in the middle of the night here - 3am, so I didn't bother. It would have been lovely to see though. Love, love, love the spotty alpaca, he's adorable. CJ xx

  5. Hi Teresa, what a fun post and pretty one too. Loved seeing all the dahlias! That phoenix spinning wheel is amazing and definitely one of a kind I would think!! Love those sheep, I would have wanted the one with the polka dot sweater!! (if the price was right) I did see the super moon, it was fascinating to see!
    Have a great week, xoRobin

  6. It was delightful to meet up with you again and meet Taci. It's always fun to see what other people lust after. - you even got me to lusting after those baskets. Sunday night, I was looking around my sewing room trying to figure out where one (or two) could go...
    Gorgeous moon last night and bright white early this morning when I left for work, Glad you got your shot.

  7. What fun!!! Darling sheep! And those flowers! Oh my! We didn't get to see the moon, as we were flying home. I had a middle seat, and couldn't see a thing!
    Sill hot here! Gasp!!!!
    XO Kris

  8. Despicable me! I am so far behind with blog reading and hating that I have missed so much. Love the fiber show you went to and the cute little sheep you got. It does goes well with your other ones. The flowers on the farm are beautiful. I can't pick a favorite, they are all so pretty. The moon, well seems like everyone got to see that except us.....clouds, why of course.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  9. Oh my goodness that sheep is so adorable. I love it! So glad it came home with you. So nice to see you all together at thay wonderful festival. I have been missing Taci, hope her shoulder is better. Love the gorgeous flowers. The moon has been hiding behind thick clouds here.

  10. dahlias are still lovely. I did get some good shots of the super moon last evening. Am posting the photos tonight. It was good to see you even for a little while. Aw, I missed Taci! I can send a copy of photo of us two via email. I enjoy the flock and fiber fest alot! Your lamb is cute! I saw rugs there as well and I remember the one I bought while we were in England years ago. I don't have it any more though. Have a good week!

  11. Wow it was wonderful seeing you my friend even if for just a little bit of time. Love the dahlia pictures. How wonderful that you got to go there and your moon pictures turned out pretty good . Have a wonderful week and let's get together soon.

  12. Goodness me all that beautiful yarn, I wanted it all and the stunning basket, although like you I have enough I am in awe of such an amazing festival. The dahlias are stunning too what a beautiful array of colour. Have a wonderful week.

  13. OMG Teresa .. that first picture literally jumped out of the screen at me !!!! Stunning to say the least. How do you find such interesting places to visit. I'd love to go to a festival like that - wouldn't be able to restrain myself though and would probably buy way too much stuff. I like your little sheep - you should call him Sean. The dahlias are such pretty flowers and you got some wonderful photos. Great memories of a lovely day. xox

  14. Now that sounds like my kinda day! Wow! Yarny stuff and beautiful blooms and meeting blog friends. The little sheep are truly so very cute. Every time I see sheep I think of Meredith. :) Your flower photos would make a great calendar. Really so pretty. I saw the eclipse but not the red moon. It happened between 3-5 am for us. Have a great day! Tammy

  15. Wasn't Flock and Fiber fabulous!!! I was there both days; am sorry I missed seeing you. The weather was so perfect, there were so many wonderful vendors, and all the animals were such fun to see. That huge sheep with the gorgeous horns is a Shetland (I asked his owner), His face looked Jacob-y though!

    Your dahlia photos are fantastic...I'm heading over to the place tomorrow.

  16. The festival looks like so much fun. I really enjoy going to events like that, even though I never buy anything. My mother-in-law works in the Weaver's Guild booth at the New Mexico State Fair every September and she makes a lot of money selling her creations. I really like your new sheep! He looks very happy with the others. I hope you had a nice time swimming with Gracie. Take care and enjoy this week, Teresa.

  17. Those handmade sheep are adorable! Must not buy, must not buy :) Looks like you had a great time--love all the pretty colors and, of course, the animals! Ah--dahlias. Love that place and all the variety of dahlias they have there.
    Enjoy your day--loving the sunshine!
    Blessings, Aimee

  18. What a beautiful day! I did get to shoot the eclipse! You should have seen my outfit! First I went out in my nightgown and robe. Then I got cold and added jeans, socks and clogs! But it sure was a beautiful sight to see. I was out for a couple of hours (or more). Nature is so wonderful!

  19. That looks like my kind of weekend ... wool, sheep, and gorgeous flowers!

    We saw the eclipse, but here we had to stay up until 3 am for it!

  20. I no nothing about spinning/knitting/crocheting, but I would have attending purely for the animals!

  21. You had a wonderful and most perfect day. It has been a long time since we have had sheep and since I have been to a festival. Too far away for that now. How good for you.

  22. What a riot of colour I've found on your blog, this and the beautiful maples on your newer post. I don't blog about knitting and gardening but I do them & love following blogs about them. Actually I crochet as it's easier (I think) and love good yarn

  23. Wonderful day and those friends of dahlias! Beautiful.


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