It’s been a while since I posted! There hasn’t been much new for me — mostly recovering from the road trip to Atlanta for Stitches South, then working hard on finishing up some new design prototypes.
SPEAKING of Stitches South … we had an absolutely delightful time meeting lots of knitters and crocheters and sending them home with lots of Kate’s gorgeous yarns. We ate at Waffle House every morning, and at Ruby Tuesday’s every night. The drive down and back was super fun and super exhausting … the highlight for me was seeing lots of wildlife at dusk on Skyline Drive.
In between hawking yarn from A Hundred Ravens, we took turns checking out the marketplace. I had a few specific things I was looking for … and I’m pleased to say I found them all! Would you like to see???
Let’s begin with the not-exactly yarn stuff:
On my new spinning stool (yay!), you can see a notions bag, antique brass Victorian buttons, a glass sheep pin, a Waffle House giant Christmas mug, a new bead for my Pandora-style necklace (orange and yellow like a Georgia Peach), and some unrefined pure Shea butter (good for skin, doesn’t rub off on yarn).
The sheep pin is just SO CHARMING I can hardly stand it:
The brass buttons are un-used, authentic Victorian … each has its own little scene, but I lie the ducks best:
The notions bag is actually three nested bags — a gift for Jane, who made me a bunch of perfect stitch markers to give away in the Flywheel M-KAL:
There were several Trindle dealers at the show, and I found one (Gale’s Art) that had tiny Trindle shafts, and fossilized coral spheres. It is so light and spins so well! I bought some terrifically silky Chocolate Alpaca/Silk top in my favorite colors — it has EXTREMELY long fibers that allow for extra-skinny spun singles. I played with my new toy at the show — couldn’t keep my hands off it.
On to the yarn! My biggest purchase was six skeins of Fresh From the Cauldron Opilio, destined for a cabled cape.
From the Buffalo Wool Company, a single skein of Sexy. I bought it to make a pattern on display … and lucky me, I even had needles to cast on AT STITCHES. That’s right, I brought my US6 signatures along, just on the off chance I’d have the perfect project to cast on, and I did! So there’s some actual “Cast On Monday” for you.
Last but most definitely not least, please meet my new yarn bag from Namaste….
I owe a big thank-you to Kate for encouraging me to check out the sale bags at the Namaste booth — between the markdown and the vendor discount, I got this bag at an unreal price. And I love it! So there.