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Fall is here! And SAFF is, too!

Almost time the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville, NC again!

After last weekend's maaahvelous New York Sheep & Wool Festival, the Sheep Incognito Flock is on to it's next gallery appearance at SAFF/Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville/ Fletcher North Carolina at the WNC Ag Center near the airport.

Starts this Friday with a preview, and turns into a fiber fun extravaganza for Saturday and Sunday.
Classes and workshops happen Thursday thru Sunday – signups are on the SAFF website.

On the road through the Shenandoah Valley this morning:

FROG IT ALL, Sheep Incognito mugs, license plates, and Christmaaahs Cards – all available ghrough the Sheep Incognito Shop at charisma-art.com

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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Sheep Incognito Now Available For Wholesale In Yarn Shops!

Knit Happens Knitting Art

Sheep Incognito Now Available For Wholesale In Yarn Shops!

For all you LYS/ Yarn Shops out there, the time has come to “sheepify” your shop contents!
The maaahvelous flock of Sheep Incognito by Conni Tögel is now available for wholesale, to bring smiles, giggles, and whimsical knitting art to your fiber store.

From the popular prints on paper and canvas, to awesome products like mugs, calendars, jewelry, tapestries, license plates, cross stitch charts, and ornaments, the popular sheep art makes a great add-on for your customers that are there for knitting workshops, crochet classes, or just to hang out.
Share the “sheepish smiles” while offering your customers some cute, very collectable Sheep Incognito art to add to their craft stash.

Please email us at the studio at conni at charisma-art.com, or give us a call at (864) 634-2150

 

Knit Happens Knitting Art

Knit Happens
Knitting Art by Sheep Incognito by Conni Togel

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Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Source: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

 

2016 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

  • May 7 & 8, 2016
  • 9AM – 6PM Saturday
  • 9AM – 5PM Sunday
  • Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD
  • No pets…please leave your dog at home

Come visit the Sheep Incognito flock at this year’s best Fiber Festival in the Nation!

We will be up in the North Vendor area, as usual – look for the big tent filled with fun, cute, and colorful Sheep Incognito artwork by Conni Togel! Bring your Ravelry friends, bring your significant other, bring your kids – do NOT bring your pets. Bring good walking shoes, bring your laundry money,bring a snack, bring some happiness – and hang out with thousands of people enjoying the peacefulness that only sheep can bring to the world. Truly a national treasure of an event!

#mdsw #sheepincognito #

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New WIP: Birds of a Feather

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

NEW WORK IN PROGRESS AT THE SHEEP INCOGNITO STUDIO

Back in the Studio for a bit of painting – with a new one on the easel:

“Birds Of A Feather”.

Completed the initial sketch, not a bit of drying time, and then I’ll start adding the colors. This will be a new knitting painting for all my knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving, sheep breeding, and Sheep Incognito friends. Of course, birding friends might like this one as well – though I’m not sure what breed these birds are…Kni-Twits?

 

Click the following link to follow along with the progress on the Sheep Incognito by Conni Togel Facebook page

 

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Weatherworn Sheep

“When it rains, it pours” – that has most certainly been the case at quite a few of my outdoor shows this year.

We’ve been sitting in the booth in torrential downpours, have seen/ heard a church steeple across the street get blown to smithereens by lightning, have very narrowly escaped a tornado in Tornado Alley, and have waded through ankle-deep rivers in the booth to tear down in the rain.

Of course, we then also had the frying pan days, like the ones of this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where one becomes a sitting duck (a very crispy one at that) for sunburns, heat strokes, and dehydration.

Those are the days when I question whether I should be sitting in a little air conditioned cubicle somewhere, stapling sticky notes to my forehead instead, for the next twenty years of my life.

Usually, I quickly determine that a) sitting in a cubicle for longer than a few hours would totally do me in, and b) I would be stapling sticky notes to other people’s heads as well, which I’ve been told would be a problem on my recommendation letters they would give me after they escort me to the door in handcuffs…so I guess I’m on the right track here….

Most patrons at the art festivals do not realize the amount of work it takes the artists to be there – driving seven hours, setting up for five hours (passing out from heat exhaustion all the while), sitting at the booth all day, mainly without having had breakfast, tearing down and driving back for another sr en hours, only to rinse and repeat the next weekend.
Sometimes that hard work pays off by being able to pay the rent and the electric bills (sometimes, the phone bill is paid late, or not at all…).

And sometimes, we’ve heard of comments like “Is this all you do, or do you also work for a living?”, which to an artist, who set up the booth at five in the morning, in the rain, with no breakfast after a seven hour drive might just be the ultimate insult to add to the wet tent, soggy shoes, and slow sales that won’t cover expenses.

And yet, we keep coming back to these shows to bring our visions of art to the show visitors – because there is a magic spark that happens when a patron walks in and “gets it”, or when a gaggle of church ladies spend half an hour laughing out loud at the titles on my work, or when a little kid walks in and asks about why I only paint sheep, and the asks me “Are you kinda crazy?”.

Those moments make every soggy tent packed into the trailer, every jump at a loud thunderclap, every dizzy spell during setup, every sleepless night about unpaid tax bills worthwhile…

I may never be rich – but I am blessed to get to do what I love.

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