Sunday, April 06, 2014

Carolina Fiber'fest

i had a very good afternoon! i drove down to the carolina fiber fest, in sanford. for me, it was about 80 miles round trip --- very "do-able". i did go by myself. i had asked a couple of friends, but neither was able to come with.


"the money shot"

the above photo is of the haul. i bought more than i had imagined. there's SO MUCH YARDAGE there. i must have the illusion that i have time to make everything i want to.

but, here we'll look at each yarn.

first, this is classic merino lace in colorway "blueberry jam". it's made by knitting notions. it was in a 50% bin. i found 2 of the same dye lot. altogether, i have 770 yards.


this will eventually become a shawl. i've yet to knit a circular shawl … perhaps i should?

next, i got this cotton …


Manju, who manufactures and dyes this yarn was so much fun to talk to! she is based out of wake forest, nc. she has an etsy shop here. this ball is 4.2 ounces, which she says will be enough for a summer shell/pullover.

after that … it's a blur …..

so, at some point, i picked up this wee hank of superfine alpaca. this little itty bitty hank is 620 yards of a pumpkin colored lace weight.


it is made by tailored fibers of maryland. i always "need" more shawls.

next, more cotton!


this cotton is 100% american -- grown & spun, and hand dyed. i got these two shades to knit a shawl --- likely this one (partly sunny). the company that makes this yarn is stony hill fiber arts. i will knit the green as the body color, and the funky sand as the border.


i did not capture the beauty of this yarn. it is a gradient silk lace weight yarn, by apple tree knits.

be biggest challenge with this yarn will be for me to find a shawl pattern i love that uses every yard.


and lastly, sock yarn. sock yarn to actually knit socks.

i have not been knitting socks much lately, but i do want to knit a pair as a gift to a very dear friend. his favorite color is green, and this yarn is not green. it's like a mix of cool steel and rust.

but it's such a nice mix. and the yarn is wandering wool's helvellyn sock (colorway: midnight sun). this hank is about 464 yards --- plenty of yardage for "man socks".

next … i need to find a good sock pattern with a lot of forgiveness/flexibility … as i'm knitting for a person i cannot measure.

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