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Yarn swap! Sign-ups through the 30th.

(As mentioned in this morning's 'this is why Dreamwidth is fabulous' post.)

Currently still prodding at a set off mittens which should be done by the weekend and mailed off Monday. I hope to have a decent FO roundup by the end of next week.
fallingbooks: (yarn)
I went. I saw. I observed a mass quantity of Ravellers from a relatively safe distance. I stood outside the Bosworth booth and gazed in at the shinies longingly. I shopped.

I will spare you the majority of the details. It was nice seeing the friends that I did, and I hope to see the ones that I missed next year.

(Someday, double-treadle Journey wheel! Someday you will be mine!)

(Possibly in 2013.)

(And maybe after I get a DT Matchless, seeing as the bug is already pretty portable. Regardless, IT WILL HAPPEN!)

(Man, I am just one great big covety mess, huh?)

blingpacaMy big splurgey purchase this year was 8oz of lovely, creamy blingpaca from Loop. I've been ogling it on Etsy for a while and when confronted with coveted itm face-to-face I simply had to have it. I'm looking forward to spinning it a whole lot, once I get through the holiday season and get a few other projects off my plate and wheel. I love alpaca, and prefer to spin from top as opposed to bats or roving for smoothness, and, yes, I love sparkle, so this really hits all the markers for being 'Something Sarah Likes.' I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but preliminary thoughts run along the lines of 2-ply fingering weight knit up as a stole. 

Innit pretty?

I bought some other stuff, too. I've got some lovely blue romney from Jersey, a camel-colored ball of llama that I am like 17 different kinds of excited about, some skeins of yarn, and this:

BMFA STR Rhinebeck2010 RareGem It's a Blue Moon STR lightweight Rare Gem. Photographing it and putting it up on needles was literally the first thing I did when I got home with it. It's absolutely gorgeous and I get a woodsy vibe off of the colors. It's probably my favorite thing I bought aside from the blingpaca. The Fold is something I look forward to every year at Rhinebeck. I don't always get something, but I love the opportunity to look at everything and see the colors first hand in the morning light. (And yes, also to ravage the Rare Gem rack. I have a Rare Gem problem.)

Oh, why is it only once a year? (Probably because I'd be broke otherwise.)
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One of my favorite things to do is to knit in groups. I am a fan of the stitch and bitch, the spin in, the knitting in public. There's a kind of magic in filling a space with people engaging in the act of creation, and even if you've never met before there's a sense of community that settles over the crowd. You talk with each other, learn from each other, ogle their toys and grope their yarn. Sometimes there's even beer and prizes. (The former more often than the latter, although I'll touch on that momentarily.) I got hooked on this whole spinning thing at a stitch and bitch. A friend of mine pulled out a drop spindle and I was entranced. She let me try it and about a yard of decimated wool later, I was addicted.

(I am now doing my damnedest to enable her into a wheel.)

This past Sunday was the 4th annual knit-in held by the tech valley yarn shops in Troy, New York. This is only the second I've been to, but it was distinctly bigger than last year's. The main room was jammed with over 70 knitters at one point,and it was really kind of amazing. There were definitely more familiar faces this time around for me than last year, and it was nice to see some folks that I'd kind of lost touch with after the Wednesday night (not the Monday or Tuesday night) Troy group disintegrated.

(Troy is kinda lousy with stitch and bitches.)

New in the side room this year were demos of various fiber arts and processes. Someone was doing a demo on how to paint yarn, someone else had some lovely crewel work displayed. I saw a bunch of little kids felting things, and someone was pulling fiber with pitch combs. The dyeing thing definitely caught my interest, but the best part for me were the wheels. My local dealer brought a Matchless, and oh, I am in LOVE. A Matchless is the next wheel up for a Ladybug with solid maple construction and (as I discovered) whisper quiet and smooth treadling. I'm thinking that I may put it on the short list of big purchases for next year. I've been in a swoon for the last 48 hours, it was that good.

The other thing I love about this event are the raffles. They are often and awesome. Last year I won some lovely Ella Rae booklets. It seemed like the entire corner I was in won something. And this year it happened again! Behold:

Araucania! Of! Doom!

I won a ten skein bag of Araucania Nature Wool Multy! I have no idea what I'm going to make with it yet, but I think I can safely say that the $5 I spent on tickets was some of the best I've ever spent. I think I'm a little weirded out by how well it matches some sock yarn I bought a few weeks ago, though:

Holiday yarns in Teenage Romance.

Total accident.

At the end of the day, my partners in crime and I wandered out of there with our newly won prizes, some awesome project ideas, and a plan to reboot our late lamented Wednesday S&B. It was fantastic. I can't wait for next year.

(Note to Lisa: Next year will be your year! I just know it!)


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