How fortunate am I to live in this wonderful world of fibery New England goodness? No more than 20 minutes from my from door the TKGA Knit and Crochet show was held this weekend. I made a quick run through of the show yesterday to bring Cyndi of the Yarn and Fiber Company a boat load of product -- sock and lace yarns, batts, roving, bags, and orifice hooks -- and resolved to spend the ENTIRE day there today. I had the pleasure of running into the fabulous Julia and fellow-equally-fabulous-spinner Kelly while there, and we happened to arrive at the booth at the same moment as the designer of the Bar Harbor Bag. I think she was a bit overwhelmed at the way we -- ok, I -- gushed. (Seriously, tho, it isn't often that we see something truly unique in the knitting world anymore. Sure, there is a great deal of beauty out there, for certain, but this is so different.
I returned today and promptly discovered Cheryl, visited once again w/ Cyndi, and ran off to do some browsing. I did my part to enable both Jackie and Cheryl in the purchase of the famous Mermaid Jacket by Helen Falkenberg, or some other lovely design (check out Gina's blog for pics -- seriously -- this jacket was made for Jackie). These girl showed far too much restraint tho, and I don't know what I am going to do with them. sigh. Why won't they let me live vicariously through their purchases? Seriously. As for myself, restraint was my middle name. In my whorl-wind tour through the market on Friday, I made one small purchase of a bag of Plymouth Bella Colour
for Rusted Root, and today's fascination left me prowling The Habu booth, fondling EVERY swatch. What amazing fantastic incredible and surprising yarns! I wanted one of everything! I satisfied myself with these cones...
the deep purple is stainless steel and wool, and the smoke is steel and silk. STEEL AND SILK PEOPLE! Is there anything cooler than this? My dear Nora has had me dreaming of this for quite a while and I am so thrilled to finally get to play with some. (btw -- say a prayer and send her some good thoughts. She could use them right now.)
And that was it folks! What a good girl am I! The rest of the day was spent lunching, chatting and even spinning. I camped out in the Yarn and Fiber Co. booth as a living display and spun up some Sereknity superwash merino roving while schmoozing and answering questions. See how much I got done?
Now, for those wondering, this is the current state of my Mystery Stole...
Thank goodness Melanie will take a break to allow folks to read the new Harry Potter so I can get somewhat caught up. Let us never speak of this again. (I love my puppy, I love my puppy, I love my puppy...)