A Shopping Success


Time for my (overdue) recap of my Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival experience!

sheep and wool yarn bomb

The trees leading up to the fairground entrance were yarn-bombed in a big way!

It was a great day for the festival – warm, but not too hot, thanks to a light blanket of clouds in the sky.   You might notice my sunglasses on top of my head.   I always struggle with my prescription glasses at the festival – I go into a booth or barn, and it’s dark enough to wear my regular glasses, but then I walk outside and Bam! I’m blinded.   It makes it a challenge for looking at colors.   Does anyone else struggle with this at the festival in particular?

Now, for the acquisitions!

I bought some lovely light-worsted weight hand-dyed from the Miss Babs shop.   This is Yowza in the Slate colorway.   In my typical fashion, I felt drawn to this yarn, but had to walk around the entire festival and come back for it later.    I figure, I know it’s true love if it still sticks in my mind after seeing hundreds of other lovely yarns.   And, I even have a plan for it!    Wool permitting, it is going to be a “On the Grass” sweater, which you may have noticed in my festival preparation post, was one of the sweaters on my list.


My other acquisition was Fiber Optics Kasmir Gradient Paintbox, in the Swamp Muck colorway.   My word, is it gorgeous!     I am absolutely a fan of the trend of selling gradients already put together, and I stood in Fiber Optics booth for a very long time, pacing back and forth between the sample shawls and the yarn.   My hubby was very patient with me – he says he knew what he was getting into, not just when he agreed to go to the Sheep and Wool Festival, but when he married me.    He even gave very thoughtful opinions about which colors I would be more likely to wear, and enjoy knitting with.

I don’t have any specific plans for this yet (and it is my most luxurious purchase ever, with cashmere in the blend!).   I really loved the shawls they had, so I’ll be spending more time on Ravelry looking for inspiration.  Perhaps the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief?

marynvoigt The Age of Brass and Steam

marynvoigt puts up a very good case for making this kerchief with the paintbox gradient. Click on the picture to go to her project.

Any other ideas?   It’s a total of 450 yards of fingering weight, so yardage is definitely a consideration.

Now I need to go back to the Neighborhood Fiber Co. website, to give a visual component to my yarn dreams.   And wait for my bank account to recover.

Happy knitting!

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Last-Minute List for Maryland

Yikes!   My hubby and I made a last-minute decision to drive to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!

Which means that I’m going to up late tonight,  making notes of patterns I’ve been dreaming about, and writing down yarn requirements.   (I bought some gorgeous yarn last year, but it bothers me that I don’t have a project in mind for some of it.   So I’m hoping that having some ideas ahead of time will help focus my yarn-buying.)

And man, I really want to knit sweaters, but the weather is telling me that I might be a bit nuts.

Here are some patterns I’m crushing on:


Boreal by Kate Davies

Boreal by Kate Davies

I just love the colorwork on Boreal, and while the snowflakes definitely make it a winter sweater, maybe if I start it in the spring/summer (in the air-conditioning!)  I’ll have it done for winter.


On the Grass by Joji Locatelli

On the Grass by Joji Locatelli

I’ve had my eye on the On the Grass sweater for a while.  In fact, it was on my list for yarn shopping for STITCHES East last October, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger and purchase the yarn.


Sperry by Amy Miller

Sperry by Amy Miller

I love the stripes and easy-breezy feeling of Sperry, complete with the curved t-shirt bottom edges.   It looks like something I would wear often!


Que Sera by Kirsten Kapur

Que Sera by Kirsten Kapur

Now, this at least is a cotton sweater!   More appropriate for breezy summer night!   I’m a little intimidated by an all-over lace pattern, but hey, the name is “Que Sera,”  so if it’s meant to be, it will be, right?

Ashness Bridge by Jeanette Cross

Ashness Bridge by Jeanette Cross

And this would be the most practical of all, since it’s short-sleeved AND cotton.

But who goes looking for cotton at a Sheep and Wool Festival?

Someday, I think I will have a list that I keep in my wallet at all times, listing yarn requirements for specific patterns, and guidelines for various garments.

But for now, I’ll just enjoy the late-night Ravelry obsessing.

Happy Yarn Hunting!

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