The Christmas season is over and it’s back to real life. And that real life has involved a lot of germs and coughing around here. So I made sure to take some time away from nursemaid duties and re-charge my batteries a bit. I made a trip over to Wamego, KS for Winter Woolfest 2019!
First I’ll flash all the goodies I found with my Christmas cash. I focused my monies on independent dyers and especially those I haven’t seen before. I grabbed a Little Lamb children’s book with pattern from Melissa Dallke. And four 20 gram mini skeins from her Acorn Willow yarn line for my scrappy blankets. Then I snagged a speckled DK yarn from Leon Alexander in glorious shades of purple. Next up is a dark grey and rainbow-y skein of sock yarn from the Wichita Woolery. It’s called Prism Break and it should micro stripe if I get the gauge right. Finally I finished up at a LYS booth that had several indie dyers. I gravitated to the speckles again. I picked up some Super Sock 4ply from Twisted Owl Fiber Studio in the Razz-ma-tazz color. I listen to their podcast, the Worsted Knitting Podcast when the occasionally drop episode and it’s hilarious. And lastly I picked up some Pebble Sock from Black Trillium Fibers in the Happy Fun Times color. I didn’t go overboard and I was very pleased with my purchases.
It was a beautiful sunny and weirdly warm January day here in Kansas. The attendees were slightly sweltering in their knitwear this year!
This year’s theme was Classic Rock N Roll. It wasn’t quite as cool as last year’s female super hero theme but still adorable.
And this festival has really grown. This place was PACKED by 11 am after the doors opened at 10 am. It was honestly hard to move around and get into most of the booths. This kinda triggers some anxiety in me and was my least favorite part.
P.S. This Wamego is kind of Wizard of Oz themed because they have the Wizard of Oz museum. And the whole town has kind of rolled with it. They have a tulip themed Toto that made me smile!
Months ago my mom and aunt went with me to a LYS closing. And my mom let me pick out some yarn as a present. (At 40% off it was quite a steal!) I just had to wait until November to get my lovelies…
I picked up 5 skeins of Berroco Vintage DK in a lovely blue color. And I also picked out 6 skeins of Berroco Vintage Chunky in a dark grey color. I was thinking easy maintenance sweaters to catch all the slobber/boogers/milk and whatnot of motherhood, plus you know the affordability factor.
Unbeknownst to me she also picked out some yarn clips for large projects and sweet little bag. It was so lovely to get yarny goodness for my birthday and to know my mom picked out something special for me.
I think the grey chunky yarn needs to become a sweater for me and get on the needles ASAP!!
My mother works part time at an antique store come lunch dinette back where I grew up. And because she is an employee she gets to peak through all the goodies that come in. And recently a wooden crate came in that was full of yarn. The antique box sold quickly but the yarn got tossed aside.
Most of it was really old squeaky acrylic but she found a few skeins of actual wool and decided to grab them for me. This is Pace by Universal Yarns and it’s fingering weight made of 75/25 wool to nylon blend. And with five skeins this is just over 1,000 yards in the chocolate color. And I can tell that someone got this yarn at Tuesday Morning.
Will I knit with this? I really don’t know. It doesn’t feel bad when I squish the skein and the color isn’t terrible. But it doesn’t really grab me as yarn that says “knit me now!”. So after a careful freezer and heat cycle to kill any weird hitchhikers I will tuck this into my stash for a rainy day. Or maybe I’ll list it as willing to trade on Ravelry. I’m just happy my momma knows the way to my heart!
One morning I was perusing Instagram while waiting for my son at the dentist. And I saw one of the dyers I follow was de-stashing some of her personal stash. I though what the hey, I’ll go see. Guys….she was selling primo stuff! And for less than original purchase price.
I saw two wish list yarns and jumped on them like a lion on a wounded wildebeest.
I scored some Voolenvine yarn in her Smitten DK for a color called Mood Indigo. I never managed to catch her updates and had given up hopes of ever trying her yarn. So this was a big win. Next was some Leading Man Fiber Arts Show Stealer in a color called Sand Castle. I had been thinking about putting this yarn dyer on my Christmas list and now I don’t have to.
Guys….both these skeins have CASHMERE in them. They are soooooo soft and wonderful. I have no idea what they will grow up to be. But I just knew they wanted to come live with me.
My husband and I were recently down in the basement doing laundry. The laundry room being adjacent to my craft/guest room. My husband tells me casually “look, there is a moth” as he grabs a paper towel to kill it. Needless to say I FREAKED. A moth was adjacent to my yarny treasure….oh hell no!
So the next day while PB was taking her morning nap I did an airing of the stash. I pulled out ALL my yarn with any kind of natural fiber content and inspected for moth damage. Only a few skeins were protected by plastic bags and I hadn’t aired the stash in awhile so I was worried. I did this in two lots. All my fingering through sport weight yarns…
And then all my worsted and above…. (some of this is acrylic but I wanted to them organized all together by color or sweater quantity).
I luckily didn’t find any moth or insect damage and now all this lovely yarn is located inside zip-lock bags and with lavender sachets inside the storage drawers. I also double checked what is stored in my cedar chest and found no damage there. This process also reaffirmed how much yarn I actually have and I really need to knit some sweaters. I may also put some of this up for trade/sale when I have a little more brain space and sleep. I didn’t feel in the right mental state to determine if I still love all this yarn.
The next hurdle is to look in the makeshift closet we use for winter coat storage to make sure they aren’t eating any items in there! But this tired mommy is going to leave that for another day…perhaps when the grandparents are here to entertain Jellybean and PB.
Now I just need to get my pulse and blood pressure back down to normal…lol. Happy Knitting!!
I told you about my experience at KITHKC yesterday….now for the goodies! My plan this year was to try out vendors or products that aren’t already in my stash or that I haven’t used before.
I may have huffed a few too many yarn fumes. I was a little carried away but not too terrible I hope!
My first purchase was from Willow Island Designs. I picked up the Xs and Ox sock sack at the top left corner and the blue plastic sock blockers at the bottom. And then they threw in the Xs and Os notion pouch as a free gift. The craftmanship was excellent on these bags and I can’t wait to use them.
Next up, I hit Show Me yarns where I found a wonderful rainbow sock blank (bottom left) and some minis (top center) for my memory blanket. The sock blank is the Gateway Sock Blank in Girl Power and its 75/25 merino and nylon. The minis I think are their Bootheel bases in some random colors I picked.
Then I wandered into the Potion Yarns booth and fell in love with her speckles. I eventually settled on a skein of her Temptress DK weight in the Walk on the Left Side colorway (top right). I think this needs to grow up to be a squishy hat.
After that booth I the McKnittey yarn shop booth. They weren’t an indie dyer but rather an LYS. They had quite the selection but I found some Three Irish Girls that just reached out grabbed me (top right). I must have been in a green/speckles kind of mood because I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving without that skein! It’s their Adorn Luxe 85/15 merino and nylon base in the Rollin In the Clover color. It’s amaze balls….
And finally I felt the need for one more project bag. I hit up the Supernatural Yarns booth and I knew I already had some of their yarn sitting in my sock stash. So I perused the bag selection. I found a nice two skein sized zippered project bag in a delightful woodsy theme. I have a lot of single skein project bags so I felt good about adding some different sized options.
The tote bag and tape measure came with my class registration. I’m really thinking about asking my mom to embroider my name on the bag for me….
And in case anyone likes any of the goodies above…below are the cards I managed to snag while shopping in case the details interested anyone!
My travels for work had me gone over Valentines. Which is not a huge thing for the hubby and I but still seemed a bummer to miss both my boys on such a fun day. I consoled myself by using my first solo Uber and locating a LYS in St. Paul. I found the Yarnery!
It was delightful and the staff was friendly and helpful. They had a TON of yarns that I don’t have access back in Kansas. The shop was organized by weight and very very pretty. I settled on three very pretty yarns and two cash register splurges…
I got some Mrs Crosby Hat Box in the Pansy color. This was a sport weight yarn. Then I chose some Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering in the Easterwood color. This 100% is most definitely for a shawl or hat. Finally from a sale bin I chose a single 50 gram skein of Shibui Knits Staccato in Raspberry. It was the only one of the color but I figured I could make a small pair of mitts while trying a new to me yarn.
Then I splurged on an Yarnery enamel pin and some Love + Leche balm. It was very very dry in Minnesota even compared to Kansas. My lips and hands were in dire need of some hydration!
Finally I rounded out the night by having Valentines dinner delivered to my room. I chose rosemary cheese fries with a side of molten chocolate brownie with ice cream! It was mom-free zone slice of heaven.
I can’t wait to go back next year! Happy knitting!!
I have been watching the Surburban Stitcher podcast and Dianne Brown’s instagram now for awhile. I simply adore her stuff. But I have been trying to be more careful in managing my yarn purchases and limited splurges. But I had been saving some pennies for the Socktober KAL hosted by the Carolina Fiber Girls. And this year I wanted to knit/use some things from a sponsor. I appreciate when makers take the time to support each other. So used my stash money and picked up a bag and a skein of yarn…
I got the soda themed small zippered bag. I neglected to get a photo of the inside but it’s the totally adorable coordinating fabric you see on the wrist strap.
Then I chose this lovely bright greeny sock yarn in the Appletini colorway. It’s her sock base that is a light fingering made of 75% merino and 25% nylon. I’m not sure what this yarn will grow up to be. But for sure I’m using the bag to score some points in this year’s KAL!
I have been playing along with the Down Cellar Studio 12 months to Christmas KAL. The wonderful BostonJen has been encouraging us all to knit ahead of the Christmas rush and she is drawing winners from the Ravelry thread. Guys…..I won this month!
I received the most kind note, a skein of spunky eclectic sock yarn, DCS pin and set of stitch markers. BostonJen runs a successful podcast and numerous KALs and her following is HUGE. So being picked a winner is quite a feat and I feel incredibly lucky. I can’t wait until I can cast this on!!
While toodling around Colorado Springs with my mom I found Ewe and Me a delightful shop full of color. Guys, this place was YARN HEAVEN. They had a larger store with a fantastic selection of yarn, two adorable shop dogs, and just two of the nicest owners you can hope for. I was totally high on yarn fumes.
I was fairly restrained though. I found another unique local dyer in Andromeda Yarn. As far as I can tell they only have an instagram account. But oh my I fell hard for this speckled delight! The color is called Settle My Nerves.
I even had the shop owner wind it right then and there. And I cast on some vanilla socks that night for movie theater knitting. The hubby took me to Despicable Me 3. I am so in love with the speckle trend!
I also picked up some work horse yarn for a pair of socks for my sister. It’s the Rainbow color in the Cascade Heritage Prints line.
This stop was so delightful I will make sure to get back here whenever I’m out in the Springs!