Nothing, but NOTHING, can compare with meeting grrlfriends and spending time together. The reason for going to a Fiber Festival, or Wool Market, has little to do with fiber or wool...it has everything to do with friends. If nothing had been purchased and brought home, the trip would have still be a success and full of fun, good times. A nice bonus is the fiber booty that finds it way home in your bag.
Birdsong and Carole each came bearing gifts of fibery goodness. Carole picked up a 'skank' of the oft sought after Vesper Sock Yarn as she was amazed I had never tried it. It's the color of a desert sunset and was a perfect choice. Birdsong's gift was a skein of pure silk, in the same color as the yarn she dyed as my Dye-O-Rama pal, and a beautiful bird pin. They make a perfect combo and will soon be made up into a neck scarf that will be held with the pin. You two grrlfriends are so sweet and I can't wait until we meet again. Thank you for your kindness, laughter, hugs, silliness and generosity.
Cassie was kind enough to send one of her Emergency Sock Kits (along with one of Cara's fabulous cards) as a thank you for knitting her sock pattern (be patient, she's been very busy). The ESK is beautifully made and will be a perfect companion to my sock bag. From now on I'll have everything needed to knit and finish a pair of socks at my finger tips. Thank you Cassie for sharing your talents.
And now, just what you have been waiting for...the Estes Booty.
My first stop was the Plain and Fancy booth to see Grayce and her lovely selection of hand dyed yarn. This year she had little lace weight (thankfully I bought mine last year) but, I loaded up on beautiful sport weight. The colorway on the left, called Magenta, will become a sweater (pullover or cardigan to be decided). The darker color is called Plum and should knit up nicely into Mim's Seraphim shawl. Surely no one is surprised by the colors purchased.
From Skaska this beautiful lace weight merino will become Icarus, another of Mim's fabulous shawl designs, which is in the current IK magazine. Last, but not least, is a gift for Katherine, as she created the artful design used on our Utah Grrl T-shirts. It's a skein of Brooks Farm's new sock yarn sold only at fiber festivals (for now anyway). Aija was the winner of last Friday's comment 'contest' and she will receive the Autumn Leaves colorway from Plain and Fancy Wool. Thank you for your kind and supportive comments. It seems that most of you left comments which reflected who you are as a person. You all rock!