Monday, April 27, 2009

CT Sheep and Wool

I am so glad that I went home for this fair. First of all, HUGE thanks to nutmegknitter, without her resourcefulness I would not have gotten home. i took GoToBus, $15 to get from Boston to Hartford. it was great. Some solid knitting time, and I got to catch up on some podcasts, so awesome.

This is how my day started out. Sitting at the Christian Science Plaza underneath an amazingly beautiful sky. What a wonderful start to the day.
I arrived in Hartford and we headed off to Vernon for CT Sheep and Wool . This Festival is a PERFECT size. While much smaller than Rhinebeck, It was Fantastic. We had the opportunity to scan the entire festival, every single vendor, then went and had lamburgers for lunch (yes lamb burgers, they were great. They are also famous for their lamb stew but it was a bit too warm for that for me). So Becca and I scanned the entire festival.

Ultimately I decided on some Semi Solid Sock yarn

From Ball and Skein
Hand dyed, 75% Merino, 25% nylon. 450 yards
I also got an AMAZING tool called the Wristaff from this Vendor, the photo did not come out, but I will re-post. SO cool.

I also got some WONDERFUL silk blend

Silk merchant
51% silk, 49% rayon from bamboo
3.5 oz
320 yards
I am sure I will shop more from this shop, they had some amazing mohair, great silks, just beautiful. I am looking forward to adding their shop to my yarn crawl map.

There were a number of soap vendors. I was excited to see this. I will say, nutmegknitters "green" ideas do rub off on my. I have discovered that shower gels are very wasteful (the bottles) so I have started looking for some nice bar soaps.

Blackberry and Basil (actually vegetarian soap) and Lemon Vanilla.
Oh, and she was smart. She put the bars of soaps in the bathroom. Yup, I was seeking her out because I had used it. Note to soap sellers out there.

I do owe you another post because I also acquired a POUND of alpaca fiber. It is amazing. I went for the white because I hope to play with dyes, so more to come.

Until then, I leave you with SUPER cute.

I had a greast time, it was really fantastic.

More to come.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Okay, so it has been awhile

It has been awhile since posting, so sorry that I have disappeared.

Well I finished montera. I will have to post some pics for you. I am not thrilled with how it came out. I will wear it, because it is nice and warm, but just not thrilled. I will not give up on sweaters, but just don't think I am meant to be a sweater knitter. i did just purchase Snow White, I am also hoping to case on this. I will not give up yet.

I have started the Curve of Pursuit blanket I LOVE this pattern, it is so fantastic. It is so much easier than it looks, don't let it scare you, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

As for socks, I am still in love with Cookie A. She is amazing, I wish I could see in yarn what she sees. She is just brilliant!!!!! I have cast on Glynnis. I think I am going to go through the book in order, because I am just that much of a dork. Though I would also like to knit another pair of monkeys, and also pomotomus.

Currently most of my knitting has been taken over by pink hats. Yes yes yes, lots and lots of pink hats. I feel like they will be going on FOREVER. but not really. This year i am taking part in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer here in Boston. I have been making Pink Mickey ears for our team, the Crew-ka-teers.

They are coming along, and they will be done for the walk. I have to make about 15 hats!!!! can you believe it!!!! It has been fun knitting them, but I think I am just bored. I can't really pick up other knitting, and that has been disappointing.

This weekend I am off to CT sheep and wool with becca. Looking forward to a nice day of yarn and fiber. I am also looking forward to a spinning lesson that I am planning for myself 9it is tough to get it scheduled with work because so many yarn stores close early, but I will get it done)