The Saturday before my trip to Chicago I attended a wool festival with some gals from my knitting group. For me, a wool festival really signals the return of Fall. This particular wool festival is held at a local dairy farm which also specializes in things like a pumpkin patch, corn maze and, best of all, pumpkin ice cream, so you can see why I feel that way.
This year was a little different for me. Not only did I fondle (and smell, I just love the way wool smells) oodles of skeins of yarn, I also talked animals with those folks that had them there. I became especially enamored with the small and soft Finnsheep who are now a real possibility on the future farm (closing has been pushed back a week, boo!!). I also looked at angora rabbits for my daughter who is interested in raising them for 4H (and I am interested in stealing their super soft fur!). So that was fun.
Aaaand then I bought yarn. Lots of yarn. I was so good at first too. I got through two out of three tents without spending a dime! Then I got to the last tent and found my favorite dyer; Fiber Optics. And that was where it started.
I immediately went for this raspberry color. It’s so vibrant and pretty. Do I know yet what it will be? No, but that’s part of the fun. Most likely it will not end up being socks. I love making shawls with fingering weight yarns.
Aaaand then this one jumped in the basket.
And this one too.
This one I thought would be great for Gail when I met her. I love me some emerald/kelly green goodness so I naturally assume that every one else does too! At this point in shopping, I called my husband to tell him that I was 90% sure I was done for the day. I mean, I had gone through two whole tents without buying a thing! So as I’m chatting, this woman comes out of the tent with an armload of gorgeous yarn. I mean, this stuff was amazing. I told my husband I needed to go and I followed her to the source of the fibery goodness.
That was when I found Happy Fuzzy Yarns. And oh boy oh boy was it hard to choose!
Somehow I managed though. This one is called “Purple Kale” but I thought it looked more like a Scotch Thistle. The green and purple together I guess could look a bit like Barney the Dinosaur, but I just love them together so I don’t care. I’m pretty sure that this may end up being a Multnomah.
When I was checking out of her booth, this somehow jumped into my hands and before I knew it, it was paid for. I hate when that happens.
Then, thinking I’m finally done, I quickly walk to the exit when suddenly these beautiful hanks of pure alpaca jump out at me. There were only two skeins left of the most heavenly charcoal color. So I had to buy them. They were quite inexpensive for the yardage (650 yards!! For $24!!) It was crazy. And they were the last two. You understand my plight right?
Do you like the buttons? There was an amazing button booth there and I had to severely limit myself (probably a good thing) since she only accepted cash as payment. I chose these mother of pearl ’20s beauties. I think they look great with the charcoal wool. I’m planning some sort of drapey cabley cardigan and using these buttons for it. I just have to find the right pattern!
So. Wow. It’s been a spendy week over here at the basement. To be honest, I haven’t spent that much on supplies all year!
Hope ya’ll enjoyed seeing what I got. I can’t wait to get started making things out of this yarn! Suggestions for patterns greatly appreciated 😉