Yes, I bought yarn. Did you actually think that I could be around yarn and not buy it? Everything there was so pretty, so soft, so colorful. That stuff up top (pink and purple, but it looks blue in the photo) is 100% icelandic wool from Riverwinds Farms. Handspun and dyed. I bought two hangs so I have a few hundred yards. I think it will be a baby sweater of some sorts...
You can't go to anything in Iowa without corn being involved. So, there was yarn made from corn! Ingeo yarn from Fields of Fiber. I have to say that it's tough yarn - not particularly soft, but not rough - just "solid." I'm going to knit these up into facecloths since they seem to have a bit of texture on them that would allow for gentle scrubbing. I also bought a variety pack of colors to make a rainbow washcloth. They're machine washable, so I think they'll be perfect for washrags!
Close up of the Ingeo. I don't know what was with my color selections that day....
Finally, my little flock of stinky sheep! They're filled with Lavendar amongst other things and designed to keep moths away from your wool! Plus, they're really cute, and they don't actually stink! They were also from Riverwinds Farm.
I'm heading to NYC for the rest of the week - I'm not sure that I'll get to visit many yarn shops, but Seaport Yarn isn't too far from my hotel, so we'll see. So I'll be out for a while - hopefully getting some knitting done on the plane or in the airports.
And, I thought I should add that there will be no sheep fashion show this year as there were not cute sheepies in speedos at the festival. :(
- Snokist Farm
- Lamb Lane (couldn't find their contact info but they shared booth space with Snokist Farm.)
- Willow Ridge Farm
- Huacaya Moon
- Riverwinds Farm
- Fields of Fiber
There were a few more, but I can't find their cards right now...I'll add more to this later!
On the left is a photo of a normal size sheep getting sheared...yes, it was young, but look how SMALL it is compared to the big RAM...that Ram was HUGE! He was crazy, too! The shearer was telling us how he broke his ribs once shearing a giant ram like that! He was a big boy, but it was interesting to see how calm them get when they're being sheared. P.S. Those are my favorite sheep up top, Jacob Sheep. I think they're so cute! I also got to use my dad's digital SLR for these photos...they're much better than the little Canon Elph that I carry around...
It is coming along though - I'm still in the decrease section of the foot. It's pretty easy to memorize how to do them, so I like that. what I don't like is the ribbing pattern - I wish I was doing some kind of lace or other pattern.
This weekend is the Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival. I went last year as well, so I'm looking forward to going this year! Here are some of my posts about the festival last year.
So, this is my last post until after the festival. Hopfully I'll have lots of fun photos to share!
Plans - Isn't it funny how your plans change? Sometimes the changes are good, sometimes they are bad, but they always seem to work out, don't they?
Weight Loss - So I haven't really been posting about that much, have I? I'm back at Weight Watchers meetings, and in Week 3 of the program. I'm feeling pretty good. When I hit good milestones, I'll be sure to post about them!
Random things - I wish it wouldn't rain all weekend - I want to ride my bike!