Sunday, April 15

Fiber loot!

It's been a whirlwind couple of days.

Thursday night we went to see the Celtic Woman in concert. Our seats were much better this time and we could really see the performers. It was so much fun! The concert was wonderful! Our seat mates were a major surprise---it was Liz and her sister, Becka!

Friday morning we headed south for the Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana. This is my second year to attend this event. Through it I've found a lot of good local and regional fiber producers. I get their business cards so I can contact them between fiber festivals if I want more of their fiber.

We arrived early Friday afternoon. The sun was shining and it was fairly warm. It was so welcome after all the gloomy, cold, and snowy days we've had. Later in the afternoon it began to cloud up and the temperature dropped. I'm so glad we decided to go on Friday. The weather was cold, wet, and miserable yesterday.

Jess and I were having so much fun shopping we totally forgot to take any pictures. Hubby carried our purchases and ferried bags to the car. Though I got halfway through the first building before I bought anything. But once I started...look out!

Here are pics of some of what I bought. This should hold me until Michigan Fiber Fest in August (and then some!). The first picture shows a lot of the wool spinning fiber. As you can see, I bought a lot of purples, lavenders, and lilacs. Can you tell it's my favorite color? A lot of it is Shetland, which I love to spin. The bag on the far right is a merino/tussah silk blend. I usually buy 8 ounces or less. Several, like this one, I had to buy a pound bag because they wouldn't split it up. I'm sure I'll find someone to share it with. LOL!

The second picture is all silk, except for the one on the lower left. It's a superwash/tencel blend. The two hanks of roving next to it on the right are hand dyed silk from Robin Edmundson, a very talented Indiana dyer. Above it are 2 clamshells of silk roving in shades of pink (one a very hot pink). I seem to have gone silk happy.

Some I didn't take pictures of because it wouldn't photograph well. A cream colored Shetland (which I may dye), a wonderful cream Corridale and silk that is like a cloud, and a pound bag from Zeilingers of cream wool top streaked with subtle colors.

Oh, I did buy a 2-1/2 lb Shetland lambswool fleece. I dropped it off for processing at the Wooly Knob booth. Jess and I are going to split it. Jamie said it should be about 2 months before I get it back. While I had the chance, I told him my fiber arts group is interested in touring their fiber mill. He responded to let him know when we want to visit.

On Saturday, Hubby and I stopped at Stitches & Scones in Westfield, Indiana on the way home. I highly recommend a trip to this shop if you are in the Indianapolis area. Both the selection and the service are wonderful! Their free scones are delicious too! As well as all the yarns and patterns they carry, they also stock a fair bit of spinning fiber. I scored these 2 bundles of Lorna's Laces in Flame and Sherbet plus 2 braids of Fleece Artist merino in Mermaid.

My fiber budget is not just badly bent, but truly broken!

3 comments:

Shelley said...

Wow...look at all the goodies you got! I just took my first ever drop spindle class today and I think a new addiction has taken root!

Sarah said...

Aww! I wish I could have gone. That looks like so much fun.

Sandra said...

Lots of goodies and sounds like you had a great time.

Please, would you write a review for Fiber Femmes on this festival? It would get advertising for the festival, for your blog and do a service all at once.

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