I didn’t buy too much at Sheep & Wool — budgets are a bit tight these days what with the economy and wedding planning. I’ve also been trying to only buy yarn for projects I know I am going to knit in the near future. Stash is good, but stash for stash’s sake isn’t always. My rules were: no worsted (I’ve got enough for now), and no sock yarn. Out of three purchases, I only broke one rule…
First up is the big purchase — 1000 yards of 100% Kid Mohair in a luscious deep blue. The photo makes it a bit more purple than it really is. This is, I think, destined to be my wedding shawl. Our colors are navy and green, and I decided to forgo a white wedding shawl since I really can’t be bothered to stress out about matching the fiber to the as-yet-not-chosen dress. A navy shawl will stand out beautifully against whatever color dress I end up with (white? ivory? who knows?). I got 2 skeins of 500 yards because, while I don’t think I’ll need more than one skein I would be quite unhappy to run out and be unable to get more. Now I can swatch away with nary a care.
I broke my no sock yarn rule with a skein of Socks that Rock from the mill end bin at The Fold. Notoriously impossible to access at fiber festivals, The Fold’s usually endless line thinned out on Saturday afternoon — enough for Pia and I to take a peek. I liked the colors and decided to seize my opportunity to get something unique. Besides, if I’m going to break a rule it’s probably better to buy a skein of sock yarn than a sweater’s worth of worsted!
Sorry for the crappy picture — the last purchase was 2oz of unspun fiber. Watching folks at spinning wheels and with drop spindles made me really want to learn to spin. I’ve been toying with the idea on and off, but haven’t really gotten going. I have a drop spindle kit from Louet, so now I just need to get the hang of it.
So there you have it. Not a huge haul, but a good haul.