Monday, June 27, 2011

A Serendipitous Meeting at the Black Sheep Gathering!

The magic of the internet and a love of crochet, brought us together from 3 parts of the world to attend the annual Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon- my hometown!  It was the first time I have had the opportunity to attend this event, and I had the pleasure of getting together  with my new friends; Laurie Wheeler, the "Fearless Leader" of the Crochet Liberation Front (left) and Linda Skuja, winner of the 2011 Flamie award for best new designer (center).  Laurie made the trek down from Washington and Linda who is from Latvia, just happened to be vacationing in Oregon!  I never dreamed I would have the chance to spend the day with these wonderful ladies!  It was great to have some time to talk about the world of crochet, and learn about fibers from Laurie.  She even inspired me to buy a drop spindle and some roving!  I am hoping to learn how to spin and teach my daughter one day.  Now that I have had the chance to get to know Laurie and Linda, I am really wishing the world was a smaller place so we could get together more often!

Laurie and Linda admiring the amazing prize winning sheep 

Adorable Alpacas!

Laurie debuted her beautiful "Fearless Leader Vest"  and had many admirers!

Wool Cave!

Such beautiful colors everywhere!

I wanted to take them all home with me!

There wasn't a lot of crochet at the gathering, but there was a fun selection of crocheted food on display: