Standard sheep photo to prove I was there.
Loved the Black Sheep Gathering, of course, even though I do not feel particularly inspired to write about it. The two classes I took were stellar--I'd show you a photo of the incredibly fine cashmere laceweight yarn I spun, but Gingko has noted that it is "not very impressive." How she can say this of a beautiful 12" piece of yarn I cannot figure....
I was sorely tempted to come home with a few Babydoll Southdown sheep, the cutest things I've ever seen (even cuter than the pygora goats, if you can believe that). The ones I watched were extremely docile--they are the size of medium dogs, sturdy, with teddy bear faces that are smiling all the time. Instead I came home with a white Shetland fleece, half a moorit Shetland fleece, and half a lovely black Corriedale fleece. At least I got the smell!
The market was overwhelming. I did purchase a pair of combs from Carolina Homespun (a planned indulgence), black and dark moorit Shetland rovings to add to the color range, and two painted rovings from Chameleon Colorworks. Oh, and seeds for Japanese indigo and dyer's weld!
Gingko took good care of the lichens while I was away, although listening to me explaining how to babysit them caused Ryan to laugh a lot.
Many people have written to me asking if they can still participate, so I've extended the deadline to July 10th.
And ANNE--my emails to you keep bouncing back with the message that your inbox is full! And your blog has restricted commenting....