Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fiber Festivities

What was I thinking not taking my camera with me to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival? There was bright sunshine and perfect fall weather, alpacas and sheep all over the place, wheels and spindles, spinners, knitters, and of course, endless, overwhelming amounts of yarn. Also, this:

Can you tell what it is? It's not roving. It's naturally maple flavored and colored cotton candy, very yum. Lots of double-takes as people went around the fair eating what appeared to be bags of wool. The bag I brought home was very quickly very gone.

And yes, I bought yarn. *sigh*

After wandering around happily for several hours, I ended up spending all my money in one place, at Times Remembered, from Slate Hill, N.Y. (They don't seem to have a website, but I have their email ...) There were lots of alpaca vendors, but I thought Times Remembered had the best combination of soft and reasonably priced. I wish I had a picture of all the gorgeous colors! Chocolate and nutmeg and camel and musk ... I can't remember the others, but they were all beautiful.

I bought two skeins of sport weight musk without a particular plan (*guilt*)

and then I came back and bought four skeins of their worsted alpaca/wool blend for my Jo Sharp Bridget sweater:

and some sock yarn for, well, socks. (I wish I were a lace knitter because I think a lace shawl from the fingering weight alpaca would be stunning.)

The sock colors are a little richer than they look here, but there's a heathery purple merino, a gorgeous sand-colored alpaca (I couldn't resist!), and a natural white silk-merino blend to try again on socks for my mom.

Thank goodness the festival is just once a year!


kathy in juneau said...

GREAT post!! Oh how I wish I could have gone with you! I am SO relieved that that is cotton candy and not roving .. I can't handle any more peer pressure!

The yarn is gorgeous. All of it. How many yards do you have in the sport weight? You could even do lace out of that. (Jared uses DK for goodness sake.) It would make a yummy, warm throw or shawl or stole, wouldn't it?

Have you gotten your Bridget pattern yet?

Diane said...

Wasn't the festival nice? We were there on Saturday and it was so cold that we only stayed a couple of hours where most years I am there for a full day. I was amazed at the prices though. I raise my own sheep for wool and was shocked at what roving was going for.

amy said...

Wasn't it fun? I found a new vendor called Buckwheat Bridge Angoras. I had a hard time deciding what to buy! (but managed to figure it out!) Your yarns are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun. -hellocutie1

Windyridge said...

Cotton candy looks scrumptious and so does the wool!

MOBarger said...

You bought some fine yarn there! It was hard not to, wasn't it :)