Black Sheep Gathering is one of my favorite shows. It takes place in my favorite city on the planet - Eugene OR, and it feels like my hometown crowd when I go. I shared my booth with the incredible felt artistry of my friend Una Walker. Her latest thing is needle punch rug hooking! So much fun, so easy and so much bang for your buck! I spent my down minutes learning and punching my own handbag.
Una's impressive felt
Groovy needle punched bags!
This year, as always, I saw some groovy things stroll past my booth. Unfortunately I didn't get anyone's name... why? I'm a dork. But here are the cool things I took pictures of:
This woman made this great sweater out of fiber that she bought from me last year! I should have taken a closeup because she spun it as I suggested, with one strand of Merino and one strand of Merino/Tencel in the same colorway, then plied them together. This is a great technique because it really makes the colors pop.
This is the painted shoe family! Check out those stylish custom kicks!
And how could I resist taking a picture of this cute handbag as it whisked past my booth. I love the flowers and the kitkats.
On the way home I finally got to see Crater Lake! Oregon is famous for this lake, and I always tear past the turnoff on the highway in a heightened frenzy to get home. Well this time, my traveling companion, Karen, was willing to slow the pace and see some sights. So we turned off at Roseburg and took the nice long scenic route to Crater Lake. The lake is in the crater of a collapsed volcano, and it's an eerie aerie. The water is the bluest you've ever seen. The lake is the deepest in North America, and one of the deepest in the world. The pictures don't even begin to capture the surreal beauty (and vertigo!) of actually being there.
This photo looks rather normal..
This one sort of shows what it's like to be standing on the rim of the volcano, looking down to this icy cold, glassy still, lake. The drop off was giving me the vapors. I am not a height-seeker. I tend to feel "floaty" when I have too much sky and water and drop-off around me.
Of course I had to have a picture of myself and Karen to prove that we were actually there!
And here's my cheesy grin as I snap my own picture by holding the camera in front of myself.
Other interesting things we saw: The pumice desert which is just below where you begin the climb up to Crater Lake. Those are some brave little trees out there all alone in the pumice
And this valley had fossilized fumaroles, those spiky tower thingies were once volcanic vents that became fossilized.