Happiness is Time at the Oregon State Fair!

How long has it been since you’ve been to the Oregon State Fair?  It’s back in full swing from Friday, August 26 to Monday, September 5, 2022.  

Joyce Arthur, a member of the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild, is the chair of the Needlework and Clothing Division. Would you consider spending a few hours sitting and knitting with Joyce and others? If so, you won’t have to pay admission or parking fees. All you need to do is contact Joyce by Thursday, August 25 and let her know what day or days of the fair you would like to come, and she will do the rest. It is fun to go to the fair! 

After all, Creative Living is an air-conditioned building, and who doesn’t need a place to relax and knit after walking around the fair and seeing all the wonderful exhibits, all the animals, and the many vendors. 

You may reach Joyce by: 



Phone:  503-949-1482

Events, News

Black Sheep Gathering 2022

Hello fiber enthusiasts,

This is a call out that the Black Sheep Gathering Workshops Committee is seeking volunteers for this year’s festival, which will be held June 24-26, 2022 at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.

Please spread the word to your local fiber groups and ask anyone who is interested to contact Joyce Arthur at

Here are the days and times volunteers are needed:

  • Set up day – Thursday, June 23
    • 10 AM – 2 PM
    • 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Friday, June 24
    • 7:45 AM – 10 AM
    • 10 AM – 12 PM
    • 12 PM – 2 PM
    • 2 PM – 4 PM
  • Saturday, June 25
    • 7:45 AM – 10 AM
    • 10 AM – 12 PM
    • 12 PM – 2 PM
    • 2 PM – 4 PM

Shifts are approximately 2 hours; the most critical time slots are the first morning shift and mid-day when students are checking in for their classes.

Other areas that may need volunteers are the Fiber Arts Show and Wool Show & Sale.

As you know, Black Sheep Gathering is entirely run by volunteers — so it’s especially important to have plenty of help — and it’s easier and more fun the more people we have. We so appreciate you!

I hope you will join us at Black Sheep Gathering this year, and please consider volunteering if you can. Thank you so much!


September Minutes

This month we had Meredith from Springtime Farms as our speaker.  She spoke to us about her alpacas and how she moved them cross country to Oregon and loves it here.  Her animals are totally grass fed and she tries to find ways to use all of the fiber, even the parts not the best to knit with.  She brought her yarn and her Snuggly Toes to sell us.  I bought a few skeins of the dark brown and am going to try making my own felted snuggly toes. 

October is here and with the longer dark evenings we start to pull out the heavier yarns and cuddle up on the couch and knit, knit, knit.  But we should learn about how to keep our arms, hands and back in good shape while doing this so come to the October meeting to hear from Chiropractor Colleen McDonough.  She was our speaker once before a few years ago and gave us wonderful information on how to stay healthy. 

However, Colleen was just given notice she will have to be deposed for a lawsuit and it could be on the 12th.  If so we will book her for early next year. Our meeting then would be to discuss what we want as a guild moving forward. So come prepared to discuss what you want to learn next year, and who you would like to have as speakers. Also have your show-n-tell and knitting with you.  We will have knitting and sharing and just time together.

We will also have the drawing from those that contributed to our charity.  Let’s see who wins Robbins awesome Purple Shawl!