I mentioned on Friday that my fiber guild was sending a delegation to the outpost known as the Oregon House Farm Store, and wanted to share photos of the fun we had with you. Turns out it was probably the biggest day at the farm store this season!
This is the former barn that houses the farm store, and inside you would find local foods and crafts, produce in season, the best butter crafted only a quarter mile away, and a freezer full of High Sierra Beef. Jenny had to make a trip to the other freezer, up at her house, to replenish her offerings, as customers from the surrounding region and spinners alike put in their requests for roasts and summer sausage. Turns out a few of my fellow guild members are closet summer sausage lovers, though I'm not telling which ones... here's a view of part of our fashionably attired crew. From left to right are Sara, dressed in double layers of colorful knits from her own handspun and handdyed yarns (showoff!), BJ, wearing a handwoven top, Sue F., with her prize-winning shawl, spun from her own sheepie, draped over her shoulders, Stephanie, wearing a triangle loom shawl she wove last year, and Sue V.
The day started out overcast, after a rainy Saturday and night, and we all came prepared in our wooliest attire. However, by late morning it was warmer outside than in, and we mostly migrated out to spin in the lovely autumn afternoon sun. Soon, we will be forced inside for months, so Jenny's pastures rang with the sounds of our laughter and the honking of migratory Canada geese, joining her own herd of honkers briefly. Her farm also features guinea hens, chickens, rabbits, two pigs, and probably other livestock we weren't aware of....
A closer-up view of Sue F.'s shawl... and her spinning. Mitts were in order early in the day.
Sue V. had just finished this colorful version of the Leaf Lace shawl.... unblocked but still fabulous.
There were two extra tables of fibery goodness.... this one features Stephanie's hand-dyed rovings (which can be purchased through her blog), and handknit baby items made from her handspuns, with natural-colored rovings from Sue F.'s sheep.
The other display featured BJ's products, including weaving and lavender.... I bought a cute little handwoven tool pouch to hang from my wheel. BJ also brought a rigid heddle loom and will be teaching a class soon at another LYS locally.
I left two cabled hats I knit last week behind on consignment with Jenny, but expect that the downward spiraling economy is responsible for the sluggish sales in non-food items. I am not trying to knit a lot to sell this year as a result, but am sending a few items along with Stephanie to an artisan fair she will be attending the first Saturday in December. I finished another hat last night, and spun up more yarn, so a WIP Wednesday post is in order this week, even if it doesn't appear until Thursday! I was surprised to realize that I am only a few weeks away from my four-year blogiversary... I am still here and better start thinking of a way to celebrate!