Friday, May 11, 2007

MD Sheep and Wool Part Two - Yarn

Here are photos of the yarns that I managed to snag! This is Spirit Trail Fibers alpaca lace-weight. Their silk was so beautiful too. I visited this booth again and again. They were all so nice. I will definitely buy from them again.

The Tess booth was one of my goals. I picked up two skiens of Superwash Lace. Janice got 5 for a project that she has in mind. I want to try one of their variegated projects that use this yarn so bad but I didn't have the funds at this time.

Here is my first ever Brook Farm Acero. I managed to get a discontinued colorway for $17.00 and oh my is it gorgeous!

I can't remember the name of the people I got this from but it's called "Alpaca Lite", 200 yds. each in the Fawn.

Here's a close-up. Soooo soft!

Dyed Dreams by Janel Stollnitz. I can't remember what this yarn is made of but it was love at first site. It's destined to by my first Clapotis.

Koigu from the Mannings'. There was a lady there picking out yarn for a mitered blanket while I was selecting my paltry four skiens. She must have had 20 skiens already picked out. I'm sure it will be a thing of beauty.

I had a great time even though I ran out of money and was forced to live vicariously through Janice. I couldn't have asked for a better companion.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My first time at MD Sheep & Wool

My first ever trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool is over and now it's time to talk about what (and who) I saw and what I purchased. A group of us from Hagerstown formed a caravan and got there around 8:40am on Saturday morning. Janice, who rode with me, and I spent most of the day together. We got along great together because we both like to spend obscene amounts of money on yarn.

Who I saw: Carry from KnitWit: Rantings of a Rabid Knitter, my favorite podcast! She said that she would have a big sunflower in her basket and when I saw that flower walk by I yelled "Carry!". She came over and talked for a while. It was so great to meet her. I apologize for the blurry photo. I took it in the Mannings booth and we were both being joustled a bit. You can see the stem of the sunflower sticking out of her basket. What a great idea! I might have found some of my blogging buddies if I had carried something distinctive like that.

There were also plenty of sheep:

There were sheep sleeping:

Sheep getting gussied up for the judges:

Sheep standing on the rails of their pens trying to get a better view of the activities:

And pretty sheep just standing in the morning sun:

Tomorrow: photos of my aquisitions!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The New Sock Goes to the Eisenhower Farm

I took the partially finished sock on a bus trip yesterday. We went to the Eisenhower Farm at Gettysburg, PA. My hubby tried to take a photo of the sock on location but I forgot to bring the freshly charged batteries with us and the ones in the camera died as soon as we turned it on. In lieu of a location shot, I'm posing the sock (completed last night) with the really cool pin I got at the book shop. I know you're thinking that Ike was a five star general and the photo only shows three but the stars spin around and there are five of them.

I worked on the sock on the bus, on the grounds of the farm, and at the Gettysburg Visitor's Center. I finished it up last night after we got home. While we were touring the Eisenhower farm I noticed that the Docent had her knitting laying on a table by the door.

The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Serengeti that I got from The Loopy Ewe and I'm using Knit Picks US#0 - 6 inch double points. I've found that I work much faster using double points than 2 circs. I started this sock late Friday night and finished Tuesday night. That's got to be a personal best. I'll be starting the second sock tonight. The leg is made over a pattern called Falling Leaves by Jessica Landers at and the foot is Wendy's Toe Up Sock. Thanks, Ladies!