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Let me start off by saying that I didn’t pay full retail prices for any of the yarn I am about to show you. I got to attend the NW Needle Market which is a small Seattle type TNNA of sorts. Very small but lots of cool people and stuff to be seen.
I did pretty well checking out all the different booths, I resisted the Frog Tree Alpaca full bags despite the killer price but was handed some free samples of their Meriboo roving that I am going to spin up soon to see how I like it.
Then I walked into a booth with Louisa Harding and Mirasol. A while back I had bought myself a skein of Mirasol Qina at VYT because I couldn’t stop touching it. That skein was part of the small stash I brought to the house when I moved in January and every now and then I pull it out to pet it. Well the booth had grab bags for sale and one that was listed at $25 had lots of Qina in it. I was sold and what made it even better is that I got $10 off as well. Yes I got 7 skeins of Qina and 3 skeins of Miski for only $15!!!
Can I just say this pile of yarn is so incredibly pettable?
I wandered through some more booths and finally came to one of the Skacel spots. There I got to see Adagio yarn for the first time. It’s a worsted weight 70% baby llama and 30% silk yarn and OMG it is heavenly. I believe it is being discontinued which is a shame. I struck out on my first two color choices but I couldn’t pass up the Sunday deal they had on the full bags. I picked up a bag of black for $20.
Yup. I got 20 balls of incredibly soft, luxurious and oh so pettable yarn for only $35. According to what I can find online those yarn should retail for around $192.
Can you blame a gal for stashing?
Viper Pilot socks are done!
Seriously I don’t know why these took me so long to knit. It was an embarressingly long 6 weeks to get these puppies off the needles but boy do I love the finished socks. Granted a lot of those 6 weeks were spent not actually knitting on the VP socks but still….
Used Dream in Color Starry in Night Watch on size 1 needles. I really should have gone down to size 0 but because of the many cables I was nervous about the socks fitting over my less than slender calves The larger than typical needles meant my row guage was off from the pattern requirements so I only did 1 pattern repeat on the leg rather than the 1.5ish that is written. After tweaking the heel flap pattern to match everything was good to go.
The sock itself isn’t that hard once you learn all the different cables and once I would pick up the needles I would usually motor along just fine until I set them down again and worked on something else. I blame the potholders, they were so simple and portable compared to these.
In other news…I finally joined Twitter. I may be late to the game but come follow me here.
Yeah I realize I forgot to blog about Day 1.
I did the math on Day 1 and realized I have to spin about 4oz per day in order to finish in time. That isn’t an easy goal for me to keep but so far I’ve managed to do it.
Day 1 started off pretty well, I met Jen and Ginger for breakfast at the FPH. I’m a sucker for their hot chocolate because they put whipped cream AND sprinkles on it.
Once we made it to 3rd Place Ginger and I got setup and started spinning. We got the usual looks and little kids and their parents coming by to watch and ask questions. Sadly I ran out of steam before I finished my first 4oz so I packed up and went home. After a short rest I started spinning again.
The first 4oz.
I’ve found if I pack my singles well I can just BARELY fit 4oz onto my Lendrum bobbins.
This is Day 2. I took the picture with the flyer so you can see how little space is left once I cram on those 4oz.
It’s embarressing to admit that the second 4oz took me almost all afternoon to spin. I haven’t been able to find the right speed I want to go at with this fiber plus the lack of good tv really slows me down. At one point I even fell asleep. I did take lots of breaks which might have contributed to the slow progress. I got up twice to make mini batches of homemade kettlekorn. Delicious stuff.
On one of those breaks I came back to the couch to find this. Nicki spent most of the afternoon sleeping next to me while I spun but apparently the lure of the roving became too much for him to resist.
May the madness begin.
Terri came up with the idea of a Team Dragonfibers* this year and of course I had to join. Then came the realization that my goal for TdF wasn’t to spin small projects of Dragonfibers but to tackle a large project. Namely the Zimmerman Fair Isle Yoke Sweater.(rav link)
I’ve admired this pattern for ages and knew I wanted to make a handspun version. I bought some merino/alpaca in late 2007/early 2008.
“I’m 3lbs of fiber you dummy, how can you possibly expect to spin all of me evenly for a sweater?” it mocked while it sat staring at me.
I put it away in storage when I moved in January and pretended it didn’t exist.
Then TdF came around again. Last year I spun a shawl’s worth of yarn (that I STILL have to mail off to Pam so she can knit a Charlotte’s Web for me).
This year I boldly thought “Lets make it an even bigger challenge!…it’s not like you have a 40hr/week job to pull you away from spinning like a machine”
I’m pretty certain this was the moment we can look back on and say that is when I lost my mind.
3lbs of superwash merino/alpaca in pewter and 8oz ecru BFL.
I know 3lbs is overkill but I figure I might as well spin it all up and KNOW I won’t run out. I’m debating upping the BFL as well just in case.
The reason the BFL is undyed? That would be because I realized about 3 days ago I didn’t know what colors I wanted in my fair isle sweater. I also realized that deciding 5 days before TdF started was maybe not the best time to make a color decision. It will be spun as is and dyed once I’m going to work on the sweater. Who knows when that will happen so my color choices will very likely be different than my choice today.
12lb cat (Nicki) for scale.
The plans have been made, Ginger and I are going to meet at 3rd Place earlier in the day in order to kick start TdF off right (I suspect you will find our table adorned with necessities such as giant lattes and chocolate croissants).
Nicki finds the whole TdF event quite uninteresting. Notice what a good kitty he is to not even care about the giant balls of fluff next to him.
*If you haven’t joined a team yet or want to join another come on and join Team Dragonfibers!