It's Time Again
For A Coffee Swap!!
A knitter that loves a lake view
For A Coffee Swap!!
Tonight I was thinking about how much fun we had at Stitches just a short week ago. and how tired and hungry we were after our pursuit of all things fiber. Too bad I didn't take any pictures of the great dinner we had. However I realized that there were a few things I have not shared and tonight I will do that quickly.
Pam and Becky posed for me in front of the boat right before we entered the convention center.
A close up of some of Becky's Patterns (on the left) and Pam's (on the right). Becky also bought a really cute vest kit that uses Koigu in a stranded pattern. Can you see the cute sheep pin? Becky really wanted me to see how the pattern looked made up because she felt that the picture with the pattern didn't do it justice. So...while we were looking at the sample vest I noticed the cute little sheep pins- Becky got beige and black and I got green!!Just a close up my gorgeous colorful fibery acquisitions. I am a sucker for something bright. My bright turquoise and blues/purple yarn from Tess's Designer Yarn. I also bought a cute vest pattern called "The Easy Breezy" to make using this yarn. It was the first pattern and yarn that I saw when I first started walking around and it ended up that I still really wanted it even after being tempted by lots and lots of yarn. My sheep pin is just to the left. It is soooo cute!
The cute shawl pin is a gift from Diane of Yarns Forever! There was a funny story here: We have seen Diane at all the festivals we attend and her yarns always impress as well as her forethought. When it was freezing cold at Spring Fiber we huddled with her around her space heater. When it was hot at Fall Fiber - you guessed it! Diane had a fan!! We were looking all over for her at Stitches and we couldn't remember her company's name to look it up. I had been reading on Knitter's Review about Stitches and had found a thread related to the event. There was a vendor that posted that she had a gift for those that came by her booth and mentioned reading about it on KR. So one of the last things we did was to go by booth 230. Pam and I found it first. Boy! Were we the ones surprised as it was Diane's Booth Yarns Forever!! She let each of us pick a beautiful shawl pin from her display! How sweet was that! It was way more than what I was expecting. Becky especially wanted to get some of her hand dyed yarn so when we finally caught up with Becky we sent her in search of booth 230 and followed behind to see her reaction. What fun!! Unfortunately Diane didn't have her hand dyed yarn with her but she was having a great 50% off sale and bless her heart she looked exhausted. I am sure that we will catch up with her and her great yarns again real soon. Follow the links and check it out!
I feel bad that I didn't take more pictures. I guess I lost my momentum when I was unable to take any in Stitches and I sure didn't dare try to sneak any because I didn't want to be escorted out. I am now looking forward to visiting Rhinebeck via blogs and Ravelry.
Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!!
Shopping for yarn is such fun what with all the touching and all. I kept finding myself reaching out to touch a yarn in a color that I loved to make sure it was soft and felt "just right". There was lots and lots of color at Stitches. I wish I could have taken pictures to share with those of you that couldn't make it but I think they meant it when they said you would be escouted out if caught. That was enough for me. Most of the vendors had patterns made up in their yarn. That is what sells me- when I see what the yarn can become I am hooked!! I bought a pattern from Tess's Designer Yarn for a vest and of course some yarn to finish it off. I bought the 3 giant skeins that Dallis of Dancing Leaf Farm dyed just for me in a bright "Carnival " color.
We spread all of our yarn and other goodies out on the hotel room bed. Lots of wonderful great colors! The pink ball of yarn and knitting needles is mine to put on the white pickup truck that I am driving.
This is some Fleece Artist Sock yarn that I had just had to have at the last minute. I am thinking it would make a nice simple small shawl. Any thoughts?My three great big honkin' skeins of Dancing Leaf Farms for a cardigan. I want to wind this yarn up and get started but I have promised myself that I have projects to finish first.
It has been unseasonably HOT and while I love and adore summer I am ready for some cooler temperatures and some good knitting out in the cool air. I am also hoping that cooler temperatures will motivate me to finish some of the sweaters that are sitiing on the needles.
Makes you just want to go out to that pumkin patch and catch a hayride - doesn't it?
Awhile back I participated in a really neat swap called "The Vacation" Swap. The idea was to send at least one skein of yarn- enough for a project and other items to represent a visit to your state. At the time my vacation swap package arrived I was having some technical difficulties with my camera. In truth I couldn't find the battery charger. I owe an apology to my awesome vacation pal Lora for being so late in posting about the swap. She sent really great stuff all from the lovely state of New Hampshire- a place I have never been! So what a nice vacation that was!!There was ( notice the use of the word WAS, as this was promptly devoured) New Hampshire chocolates!! hand dyed sock yarn with the most appropriate name- ROCK LOBSTER in delightful shades of red. Lora made a cute little ditty bag and put a NH measuring tape inside, she also included some fantastic handmade soap and a NH magnet. There were some postcards and what I took to be NH bookmarks. All just wonderful and greatly appreciated. Would you like to see? I just happened to NOW have some pictures.
Lots of lovely goodies from New Hampshire
A close up of the "Rock Lobster"
Thanks a MILLION Lora for a great swap. I am loving that yarn and am so happy to add it to my collection.
More "Bad Blogger" updates to come.....
I took my camera and then I pretty much forgot to use it. What to say about this year's festival. Well it was dry- very dry and HOT! I think that I preferred this year's "Dust Bowl" over last year's "Mud Bowl". I had to throw away my shoes last year!! There were lots of great vendors and all the tents were full. I noticed lots of men around this year. I guess they might be knitters or came with their SO's.
I ran into Jane and her cousin Patty. They were having a great time and posed for a picture
A random picture of a wall of roving. There was enough roving and wheels and such to almost make me want to take up spinning - just almost.
I did see Otto Strauch and I love his ballwinder. When I had a problem with mine last year he looked at it- saw the problem and handed me a brand new one. It has been smooth winding ever since. It is so nice when companies stand behind their products. I was very impressed and was glad to see that their business seemed to be brisk.
I didn't get very much but of course I couldn't leave empty handed.....
It was a great time with even greater friends. Next week it is on the
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