Friday, May 17, 2013

Sheep, and Fiber, and YARN - oh my!

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  I've got lots of fibery goodness to share with you today, so let's get started...

The NH Sheep & Wool festival was last weekend and the cute furry critters did not disappoint.  This is my absolute favorite shot.  I've titled it "Hey Lady, Come Here Often?"

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I met a lot of sheep...

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Saw some adorable babies...

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Untitled Baby baaaaaa! #sheep #NHSheepandWool #cute #fiber

Pet some uber soft alpaca...

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And saw some amazing yarn and fiber, although I only managed to snap these two shots of my friend Heather's Mad Color Fiber Arts booth.  (If you haven't checked out Mad Color yet, be sure to click through to her site and have a looksie for yourself)

Yarn, glorious yarn...dyed by one of the nicest people I know! #MadColor #yarn #knit #NHSheepandWool #MadColorFiberArts Untitled

Now for the haul... the itty, bitty haul.  Seriously, who goes to a sheep and wool festival and walks away with one hank of yarn?  That would be me... on a budget.

Talk about crazy restraint! Who goes to #NHSheepandWool and comes home with ONE hank of #yarn ? #MadColorFiberArts This will be my vacation #sock #knitting in July.

I was hoping to have a skein of yarn jump out at me, just screaming to become my vacation knitting socks in July.  It really wasn't hard to find several colorways talking to me at the Mad Color booth, and with the help of my ever so patient honey, I chose this hank of Wicked (100% SW Blue Faced Leicester Wool) in the colorway Canyon.  What do you think - does this look like Alaska to you?

Now, being on a budget means I have zero right to step inside a yarn shop, correct?  Did you answer no?  I hope you said no, because you see, I had to drive  over to Nashua and sign some paperwork for the graphic / web design training program I will be starting next week and there's a new yarn shop over there I've been wanting to check out... and I needed size 6, 36" circulars, so...

Checking out Twill in downtown Nashua #yarnshop #yarn #knitting

I stopped at Twill Fabric & Yarn and not only did I find lots of pretty fabrics (sometimes I wish I sewed), prettier yarns, and tuns of coziness, I also met the two wonderful owners.

I want to sit here! #yarn #yarnshop #knitting #kniton Pretty #sockyarn at Twill #nashua #newhampshire #yarnshop #knitting

The owners are very welcoming and the shop is quite lovely.  There are several inviting places to sit and knit, lots of sewing machines set up for classes (someday I just might), and their displays are just delightful.  I think that was one of my favorite things about the shop - the displays using unexpected pieces of furniture and shabby chic-ish looking shelves.  Even the plain 'ole bamboo needles looked cool, displayed in glass jars instead of on a rack.

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I found the circular Cubics I needed, and while still keeping my extreme budget in mind, I also took home this cute little project bag and a skein of Madelinetosh DK in the sweet Teddy Bear colorway.  I wasn't going to buy any yarn, but I kept returning to this skein.  Normally I go for the purples and blues, but something about this simple brown/taupe colorway kept calling to me.  Now to find the perfect one-skein cowl for it - any ideas?  As for the project bag, it was a steal at just $5!  The construction is very simple, but I love the fabric and the drawstring handle allows it to hang from my wrist while working on socks.

My little haul from Twill Fabric & Yarn yesterday #yarn #projectbag #knitting #Madelinetosh

Now, guess what? I even have a finished object to share this week!  It's just a simple rolled brim hat, but it is something off the needles!

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I hope to get some baby blanket knitting time in this weekend.  How about you - weekend knitting plans? 

7 comments:

Sue said...

Oh so much pretty yarn! I have a project started and maybe this weekend while it's raining I can get some rows done.

Marjie said...

I like your teddy bear colored yarn. Finding a store that feels like an old friend's home is really wonderful, isn't it? And, yes, you could easily learn to sew, but that would mean more materials and works in progress laying around, and Matt's opinion on that would be....?

Have a great weekend!

Teri said...

I admire your restraint - ONE hank?? I love that first pic of the sheep. I heard reggae when I saw it...a little Bob Marley Jr. I miss my local yarn store. It closed a couple of years ago and I haven't found one to replace it. They're few and far between where I live.

Mileys Daily Scoop said...

That yarn loos beautiful, mom wishes he knew how to knit!!

Teri said...

My vanilla sock pattern of choice is very plain, indeed: cuff (2x2 rib) down, stockinette, with basic heel flap (usually eye of partridge rather than slip stitch, basic heel turn, decreases for toes and Kitchener stitch to close the toe. Perfect for vacation knitting, and they fly off the needles. By the time I get home, I usually have a completed pair...

Molly The Wally said...

Those were some cute sheep etc. Wonderful coloured yarns. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

WonderWhyGal said...

Stop me! Don't allow me to buy sheep ;-)

Love all of your goodies. It's hard to go to festival when you are on a budget. You did good!

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