And frolic I did! As I have the past few years, I went with some of the ladies from Whorls and Purls, and we met up with even more of the group once there.
A gave me cash for my early birthday, and I had been saving up quite a bit of cash for the event, so I felt quite flush this year!
I am going to try the link thing again to all of my goodies, please let me know in the comments if it doesn’t work.
I was not as organized as I like to be when I go there, with patterns and ideas in mind. I was thinking I wanted some fairly solid DK weight yarn for a couple of sweaters (suddenly all the patterns I like call for DK, and I have none!) and I knew I would be on the lookout for some yarn and matching beads for the Biophilia shawl I will be starting soon.
I also knew that Bartlett Yarns would be a vendor, and I wanted a sweater quantity (SQ) of their yarn. If it could be DK, so much the better, but I knew what color it would be. I had a sweater in this color out of their yarn years ago, and I wore it until it could be worn no more. I miss it and want another.
So, Bartlett was the first stop. Even knowing exactly what I wanted, I had a hard time choosing! They have so many lovely colors. I chose what I went in for, though, a lovely shade of soft aqua blue and I am going to love the sweater. It is sport weight, so a little lighter than DK, I will survive, and see what a swatch tells me. I knit loosely, so it might work. If not, I will find something.
After that, it was to my favorite Pine Star Studio, where I got this and this. The redder one is a contender for the Biophilia, but when I found the beads that worked best, I realized I had some at home already, so I didn’t buy more. The cranberry one, though, I found those gorgeous beads to match. I have no idea what the pattern will be, the yardage is crazy high on that one, so I will not do the Biophilia with it, but choose something that will make more use of the whole skein.
Then there is the fiber. I have bought a few large lots of blended merino silk over the years, and thought about combining them to have enough to make a sweater, but I really needed more to make the project work. I knew I would never match the colors exactly, so I wanted to get some with all the colors, and I will spin it as a combo spin. Maybe I will hit DK weight on that? So when I saw this, from the same vendor, I knew it was coming home. I love all the blues and greens, and the fiber I already have is also blues and greens, though darker and grayer, so it will get toned down.
Lastly, I wanted to get something I have been eyeing since I learned to spin. Every year I want it, every year I don’t buy it in fear of not being a good enough spinner. This year I decided I could do it.
Camel and silk, undyed. It glows in the sunshine.
All that plus a couple of ice creams (Stone Fox Creamery – oh my!) and some pizza for lunch, plus fudge to bring home to A, and I had five dollars left in my pocket. Truthfully, it was not in the same pocket the rest of my cash was, I found it as we were leaving. Had I known, I would have gotten more beads, for sure. 🙂 I think I did pretty well, and will have enough to keep me busy for a while. And I will start saving my pennies again, because Knit East is in October, and I will want to shop there as well!