Great day at the local fiber festival! There were fiber animals to see (I really, really, really want to own a herd of alpacas!) and an unbelievable amount of fiber eye candy to fondle. I noticed that there were quite a few new vendors to shop with but sadly, a couple of my favourite vendors from the previous festivals weren't there this year.
My first stop was at Circle Hill Farm booth where I found dyes and lush fibers. I've never worked with the WashFast brand of dyes but I'm excited to experiment with them because they have an incredible range of colours.
WashFast Acid Dyes (Brown, Cornflower, Grasshopper & Sangria)
New Zealand Possum Merino Blend (30/70). Yes. Possum! The ick factor did enter my mind, but this roving is soooooo soft!
100% Llama Roving. I didn't have any of this lovely colour in my stash, so I had to get this!
Right across the aisle, there was an amazing booth (Creatively Dyed) filled with colourful rovings and yarns. It was really hard to decide on what to bring home with me, but I ended up buying a 4 oz hank of 22 micron superwash merino in the colorway Sable.
My last and final shopping stop was Stitch Sisterz. This was where I blew my entire budget. I think I've bought more than enough yarn to get me started on my Fall and Christmas knitting projects. Oy vey.
100% Alpaca Yarns (Gray 50g/190m and Taupe 50g/100yd each)
100% Cashmere Laceweight Yarn in Carrot Colourway (100g/1000yd) I adore the vibrant colour and can't wait to find the perfect pattern for this yarn!
Alana Alpaca/Wool/Acrylic (50/25/25) yarns in Marengo(2) and Chocolate(16) colours (50g/150m each). I am so knitting a shrug for myself...soonish! Mmmm...chocolate!
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a merino microfibre cashmere (55/33/12) blend that is sumptious to touch in Tulip(5) 340014 and Wine(2) 340028 colours (50g/125m each).
I like dyed yarns, but I can never resist stocking up some natural coloured yarns for dyeing experiments!!
Taiga Classic Siberia 100% Merino (100g/300m each) in white
And more merino wool yarns for various knitting projects to come!
Taiga Classic L'Attitude 100% Merino (50g/270m each) in black
Taiga Luxury Nostalgia 100% Merino (50g/200m) in hunter green and natural white
And in addition to the yarns, I also found two Ashland Bay 100% merino varigated rovings to play with!
4 oz Baltic Blue
4 oz Fiber Forest
I opted not to buy any of the raw fleeces because I'm still waaaay behind on cleaning the alpaca and llama fleeces I bought earlier this month!
Till next year! Now I need to get busy with knitting and fiber-processing!!
Made a pair of these mitts for my sis back in back in February and knew I had to make another pair for myself!
It's a scorching 92 degrees F today so I'm definitely looking forward to Fall 2011 when I can wear them!
First chunky page...ever. Made for the 2011 Hope Book for CDM's Relay for Life fundraiser. The theme she selected was "Bird". I hope my chunky page (19 of 50) meets her approval!
H.O.P.E. - Bristol board, upcycled bookboard, copper wire, wood veneer, embroidery floss, buttons, gouache paints, chalk inks, varnish, text.
This huge shopping tote (18 of 50) was made for one of my swap partners. It measures a hefty 20" by 18", with 30" reinforced handles. This is another destashing project of sorts since I've had the fabric in my stash for quite some time. I like the size of this tote, and I think I need to construct a similar one for hauling my library books!
I've had this table top ironing board since my grad school days (note the dated look and scorch marks). While I have since bought a full-size ironing board, this one's been great as my craftroom ironing board.
I love that it's the perfect size for crafting with, but I've always hated the cover. So voila! It was time to do something (17 of 50) that I've been thinking about doing for the past 6 years or so!! I added an extra layer of batting to plump it up further (since it was poorly padded anyhow) and made a new cover for it! The bright and cheery colours make me happy!