I apologize for the lack of posting, my internet has been sporadic the past few days. Thank you for the complements on the Minimalist Cardigan, I really do love it, particularly in the Beaverslide yarn.
This past weekend, the girls and I drove out to Unity, Maine to attend the Common Ground Fair. It was a blast; much larger than I’d expected, we could have spend two full days there. There were loads of animals to peer at and pet, fantastic food, live music, and local crafts. I had hopes of finding some fiber, and I was not disappointed.
From left to right, 4 ounces of wool-angora batts, 10 ounces of carded roving from Purple Fleece, and finally 6 ounces of wool-alpaca-silk batts from Enchanted Knoll… which means that I got to meet Farm-Witch herself! It was my first taste of meeting a fellow knit-blogger who I have corresponded with; though we both came away apologizing for babbling and awkwardness, it was so much fun to meet in person, wonderful to put a face to the name and to meet her family! I do believe we’ll be seeing each other again 🙂
The girls were magnificently patient with their fiber-obsessed mother, especially when I found myself in the fleece tent, absolutely overwhelmed by the lanolin fumes and the hundreds of pounds of beautiful wool… I didn’t purchase one this time, but I got a good idea of what I will be looking for in the future. I also got to watch the infamous Wednesday Spinners, along with plenty of other spinners working at their booths. I was very happy to get visual confirmation that, although self-taught, I spin pretty much like everyone else. *Whew!*
The favorite part of the day for the kiddos? The Hay Jump in the Children’s Section.
I got some spinning done during my blog-silence.
This is the August offering from Hello Yarn’s fiber club, a beautifully hand-dyed Wensleydale roving. Wensleydale, as I found, is very long stapled wool, and spins differently from the merinos I’m most used to, needing less twist and longer drafting. Quite pleasant once I got the hang of it; I ended up with 180 yards of two-ply DK weight.
Here is the progress on the Leftovers Chevron Scarf. The contrast yarn has shifted to some scraps of the red Koigu I used for the Gone Fishing socks, and it works very differently with the Rare Gems than the G-Rocks did, a cooler color palette.
I’ve finally found the “right” pattern for the Wooly Wonka Superwash BFL sock yarn I had in my stash. It’s beautifully dyed, but there is a near-striping pattern that interfered with the first couple patterns I tried.
When in doubt, knit Monkeys!
All for now.