My deep apologies for being absent for so long. I've been *meaning* to catch up but life's been happening. Here's a very image-heavy post to catch y'all up!
The end of May always means the annual Great Lakes Fiber Show. This year, 3 friends and I hung out in Wooster, OH for the weekend and had so much fun. Here's a bunch of photos ... mostly of stuff I bought. Next year, I'll try to do better at getting photos of people (including me and my friends!) and animals but for now (and in no particular order) ....
|Christina brought buttons. These are the two I chose.|
|A trip to Wooster always includes a meal at Broken Rocks Cafe. |
On the first night, I sipped a strawberry margarita with a sugared rim (instead of salt). Yum!
|My dinner on the first night was kind of amazing. |
Beef tenderloin, topped with something I don't remember, but I asked the chef
to add bacon to it. Sides of asparagus and potatoes. Divine.
|A friend asked me to repair the thumb of a mitten that her dog chewed up. |
It was in my knitting basket so I got it done while I was surrounded by folks I could ask for help if needed.
Turned out to be an easy fix!
|Fish leather. Makes sense that it's a thing, but I'd never seen it before.|
|Check out this cool basket. |
I think it's actually a planter, but it will certainly suffice for yarn storage.
|There's my car at the end of day 1. Last one standing.|
|Project bag. Oil cloth ... should be nice & sturdy. And how could I go wrong with sugar skulls?|
|Day one dessert: Strawberry shortcake with creme fraiche and vanilla bean ice cream. |
The calories are SO worth it.
|Sheepy oilcloth apron. I ended up buying more twill tape and lengthening the straps so I could wrap them around my waist in order to hang a towel. That's how I roll.|
|Black yak/merino blend fiber. It was 50% off ... I couldn't just LEAVE it there!!|
|Here's that fiber on the spindle. Ply on the fly, baby!|
|One vender had these light-up letters at her booth. I need this in my life!|
|Two new baskets. Fair trade, made in West Africa. I love these!|
|Squishy little stress reliever sheep. I think he needs a sweater.|
|More yak/merino fiber, waiting to be spun up. This stuff is heavenly.|
|I had to have this cute red scarf with sheep on it!|
|Large project bag, with hedgehogs and OWLS!|
|Small project bag, perfect for knitting socks on the go.|
|Here's the inside.|
|My friend Kate Larson wrote a book ....|
|... and was kind enough to sign (and date) it for me.|
|Saw this adorable little sheep keyring ....|
|.... and decided I needed a flock. This is the closest I will ever get to being a shepherd.|
|So .... this gorgeous yarn was on sale too. $10 each (from the original $28 price). |
This is a lovely merino, cashmere, and silk yarn, you already know I had to have it.
I got enough for a sweater. Now to choose a pattern ....
|Another cute project bag. You can never have too many. Seriously.|
|Fiber I've never spun before: Targhee. I bought about 12 oz, and put some on the spindle right away. |
I love how springy it is.
|This is a fiber blend I've never spun ... alpaca/bamboo. It's black alpaca mixed with emerald green bamboo. |
It's so subtle but boy does it pop in the daylight.
|Cute owl and pearl stitch markers. Something else a knitter can never have enough of.|
|And I "needed" another spindle. This one came with its own storage bag.|
Until then ...