Oregon Flock and Fiber logo contest; new Portland knitting guild

Breeders from around the Pacific Northwest showed off hundreds of alpacas at the Portland Expo Center Sunday., May 14, 2017. It was the final day of the event, which featured vendors selling alpaca products, fleece competitions, judging, awards, and shearing. (Mark Graves/Staff)

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is launching its annual logo contest. Here’s what you need to know for the 2018 contest, event organizers say: "Diamonds are the Festival symbol; the celebrated breed for 2018 is the Jacob sheep and the celebrated craft is felting. Please do NOT include the year in the logo. If your piece is chosen you will receive $100 and a byline in the 2018 catalog. Contest guidelines are as follow: Illustrations must be simple enough to reproduce in black and white for the catalog and in color for apparel; submissions must be your original art and not previously published; participants need to sign a release authorizing OFFF to use the illustrations in the catalog and promotional items; OFFF reserves the right to crop the original artwork; illustrations are accepted Oct. 1, 2017, through Feb. 15, 2018." Send your art to: whistlestop.bc60@rocketmail.com or to OFFF Logo Contest, 30881 SW Bald Peak Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your artwork returned. OFFF 2018 is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, in Canby.

Twisted is hosting a JaMpdx ceramics trunk show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. (Check out some of their lovely pieces here.) "Find the perfect mug (or shot glass) to express yourself, fall in love with their yarn bowls, and cross some items off your holiday list!" says Twisted. Twisted is at 2310 N.E. Broadway in Portland.

There’s a new knitting guild forming in Portland! The Puddletown Knitters Guild has its first meeting 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Friends Meeting House, 4312 S.E. Stark St. in Portland. Meetings will be the second Thursday of every month. "We are committed to providing a friendly environment where knitters of all skill levels can come together to learn and expand their knitting skills," organizers say. The inaugural speaker will be local designer Michele Lee Bernstein (PDXKnitterati), and she’s got a splendid blog post up here about the joys and benefits of knitting guilds.

UPDATE I: Brooklyn Tweed has another lecture coming up, and the speaker lineup is stellar. The latest installment of the "Knitting Culture" series focuses on "knitting, creativity and following your bliss" and features Brooklyn Tweed’s design team: Jared Flood, Julie Hoover, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan and Gudrun Johnston. The event’s 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Taborspace, 5441 S.E. Belmont St. in Portland. Admission is free, and doors open at 6.

UPDATE II: Sale at Knotty Lamb!

Whatcha making this week, crafty pals?

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