This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool!

I have been so busy that I haven't even had time to think about writing. But I'm on vacation this week, and in New Orleans. What could be better than sitting in a cafe in front of the computer in the Crescent City, banging out a blog? Besides, Brandon had to work today.

Last weekend Huw, Lucy, Peter, and I went to the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. We got there early in the morning, and we stayed for the entire day. It was glorious! There was yarn! There were sheep! There was yarn! There were alpacas! There was yarn! There were bunnies! There was yarn!
Freshly shorn alpaca with big hair

I had a list of vendors whom I wished to visit, and was able to make it to all of them. And I bought yarn from all of them, too. My list included Mad Color Fibers, Good Karma Farm, Decadent Fibers, Dirtywater Dyeworks, and Jan Marek Raczkowski Studio. I also patronised several other booths (I'm generous like that), and took the cards of several others, because, you know, my cash is a finite resource, and storage space is getting limited. But I had the best time, and a wicked fun conversation with the owner of Mad Color Fiber (she had dyed her hair purple). The colours in her yarns are so deeply saturated, and gorgeous. I actually went back to her booth to pick up one last skein of yarn. I actually have projects in mind for three of the skeins I got!
This is Rock Lobster, in Blue Face Leicester yarn. She also had a wonderful red called He's Not Dead Yet, but it was not the weight I wanted. But I can always order it on line. This red will become a Spiral Staircase Shawl for someone. The red is so intense.
Land of Oz, for a special niece who likes green. I'll probably knit these two skeins at the same time, since the colour values are slightly different.

From Good Karma Farms, these skeins are 60% alpaca and 40% wool. They'll make a man shawl for a friend of mine who is a one-year cancer survivor, but who cannot get warm.
800 yards of warm wooly goodness, waiting to be knit up.

And from Dirtywater Dyeworks, this gradient fingering yarn to make into a shawl or cowl. I've got a pattern in mind, but I'm not sure for whom yet. I've never really knit in fingering weight. The needle recommendation is US 1 to 3.

Other yarns were purchased, but I don't have people of projects in mind for them yet. I'll post them as I think of them. I am hoping that these yarns don't end up languishing in my stash, but get knit up right quick.

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