Over the weekend, I attended the seventh annual Flock and Fiber Festival located in Canby, Oregon. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it because both kids had colds all week! Thankfully on Sunday morning they were over their colds completely and I made it to the very last days of the festival. And I had a decent time considering it was very overcast and it was raining on and off. Luckily there was plenty to look at indoors as well as out.
I was mainly there to browse around since I had both the kids with me. Next year I’m going to attend some of the workshops if at all possible kid-free. I spent a few hours browsing the wares and seeing all the fiber animals which include Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, Llama, and Bunnies! It’s amazing to have seen the animals behind all the different fibers and textures like wool, angora, flannel, mohair, and more! We even got to see sheep being sheared!
There were people all over knitting, crocheting, looming, spinning with wheels and spindles! I was so blessed to be around so many creative people! Things being showcased and sold included many types of fibers, woven baskets, soaps, lotions, wearable items, looms, dolls, and so much more! There was so much to take in and I wish I could have stayed for a bit longer than i did. But plus side is I know what to expect for next time.
Being a loom knitter, it’s quite surprise I didn’t bring any of the handmade yarns and other fibers home with me this time! I’m trying to work with what I have before I purchase anymore yarn. I did purchase a Market Sized Bolga Basket from Kruger Basketswhich are hand-woven in the historic town of Bolgatanga, Ghana in West Africa. The weavers of the Bolga Baskets are mostly farm families who supplement their unpredictable crop income by weaving and selling these handcrafted works of art. I think it’s wonderful a farm in Oregon has linked up and is able to share these beautiful baskets with us!
Sadly while we are the festival my brand new camera got dropped and it broke. So I’m working on saving up for a new one. I was very upset but I’ve been browsing around and I see that my local Costco has a some reasonable priced cameras that I may be able to afford next month instead of next year….