My sister called me out for not posting about the Sheep and Wool Festival and instead telling you all about the weekend at the Farmer's market. Of course I went to Maryland -- it is just a little over an hour away and I have been attending with my sister and mother before I really discovered blogs and knitting as community. It is my sister's fault although I am not sure if her interest was fiber or sheep. She does have a few sheep although I don't seem to have any pictures of them. I think I lost the lamb pictures when my computer was hit by lightening. Maybe she'll send some (hint, hint)
This year, my nieces did not accompany us. While I missed their company, it did mean there was more time to browse yarn and make purchases (and I probably ate less junk food as well). So what did I buy? Let's see...
My mother started out looking for buttons for the cardigan that I promised to make her since the first one I made is starting to show a little wear after 15ish years. We bought the yarn for it at the Fall Fiber Festival of Virgina in 2004. (This is one of my favorite festivals and I seem to remember that it was called the Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials and Fiber Festival. I guess they are trying to change the focus from the competition to the fiber.) Apparently, this set the theme for the day, as many times my friend Sue (blog-less) commented that she was going to move on and leave me looking at buttons.
My mother bought some tagua buttons at an unknown vendor as we entered the festival and then we headed to the souvenir shop where I bought a pin for my poor Sockapaloooza pal who is patiently waiting for her socks.
That is Desert Sand, Lilypond, and Nugget from Oak Grove Studio in Putney, VT. They are 100% merino at 185 yards/skein. I also picked up 6 buttons since that was becoming the theme of the day.
This is Silk Bubbles a 100% silk boucle and Silk Companion a 50% silk, 50% wool in the colorway Zandia from A Touch of Twist in Patterson, NY. I was thinking to make a hat, glove set with the boucle at the cuffs.
There were some more buttons at a button dealer. A few patterns and two colors of Tess Designer Yarns Microfiber for a couple of tops for work (I was drawn in by the knitted sample hanging at the front of the booth and didn't look at much else because it was so crowded even late on Sunday.
All in all it was a fun festival with quite some success adding to the stash. Now the goal is to knit up this yarn. At least it was all intended for projects and not just bought with a magpie's eye for the pretty and shinny (and soft).