Once again, it’s that time of year — my #1 favorite fiber event, the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, is this upcoming weekend!
Why is it my favorite? Probably because it was the first one I ever went to, when we moved here from Texas. You have to understand that handknitting was not nearly as popular a decade ago as it is today — and certainly not in Texas, it wasn’t. When I entered the Canby fairgrounds and saw what looked like the WHOLE WORLD of yarn and knitting and books and fleece and animals and classes and and and…!!
Well, I was as happy as a pig in… um… fiber.
I also enjoy OFFF because it has some seriously practical and agricultural roots. Where else can you rely, year after year, on a sheep autopsy class? (I haven’t taken it, but it must be popular, because it’s always there in the listings.) And over the years, I’ve seen many different and unusual fiber-bearing animals, including camels, and once I believe there was an actual yak. Plenty of sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas, and the incredibly cute floofyness of angora bunnies is not to be missed. Oh, and admission is FREE, so it’s a great place for family fun, too.
Last year, I was able to take a class from one of my knitting heroes, Debbie New, whose book "Unexpected Knitting" is a true tour de force of original and unique knitting ideas. (Although I still haven’t knit my planned Scribble Lace cardigan, with yarn I bought at the previous year’s OFFF…)
I’ve returned to Canby every year since that first trip, and it is always a good time, although by now I’m a little more blasé about all the great fibery stuff that OFFF has to offer. After all, my stash is a lot bigger than it was then, and I have a whole lot more books and other accoutrements now — well, sheesh, I am a professional, ya know — but somehow, I do always manage to find a thing or two to purchase.
Who knows? Maybe this year, it’ll be a MOHAIR goat.
OR Flock & Fiber Festival: flockandfiberfestival.com ~ 4th Sat of Sept in Canby, OR