Can I just say that I could have spent thousands at Rhinebeck. There is so much to choose from and everything is wonderful and the vendors are generally nice folks who put their hearts and souls into what they are putting out there for our perusal and purchase. I loved everything.
Alot of what I bought I purchased with both my sister and I in mind, not knowing who would end up with what. So Sis – just pick out what you want from what follows and let me know which ones I should put aside for you.
Lets start with my first purchase – the one worth waiting an hour and a half in line to buy – my Sanguine Gryphon yarns.
Sis, I am posting each colorway here – let me know which ones you want. Remember that they photograph lighter than they really are. The more accurate colors are acually in this big group photo.
There are two skeins of Little Traveler (superwash merino wool/light fingering weight) in Rojas.
There is one skein of Little Traveler in Whispering City (which has already been called by Vash – sorry)
and one skein of Bugga (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon – sport weight) in Killer Bee.
There are two skeins of Skinny Bugga (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, fingering weight) in Karner’s Blue,
two skeins of Skinny Bugga in Tarantula Hawk,
one skein of Little Traveler in Costa Rica,
one skein of Bugga in Autumn Tiger Beetle,
one skein of Bugga in Oak Timberworm,
two skeins of Mithril (merino wool, laceweight) in Princess of Hyacinth
and one skein of Eidos (superwash merino wool, fingering weight) in Harmonia.
That was actually the only yarn I purchased all day. Danielle and I are both venturing into the world of spinning, which really changed my focus at this show. I am trying to learn about roving and trying different fibers. I am using a spinning wheel and Danielle is using a drop spindle. There are alot of different considerations with roving and alot of roving is dyed prior to spinning.
We are both interested in learning how to dye yarn and Danielle has been really working at it – having spent her day dying yarn, working with the acid dyes which produce brilliant color. I have been focusing more on the natural dyes. At Handspun by Stefania I found roving which was dyed using the natural dyes I was looking for.
The yellow is a Corriedale Wool and Silk blend dyed using Weld. The blue is a Corriedale Wool dyed using Indigo. The blue and brown blend is a Shetland and Alpaca blend dyed using Indigo and Madder. Sis, the yellow is mine – because its my favorite color!!
I picked my sister up a drop spindle – it is butternut – I like it!!
I picked up some pretty baby alpaca roving.
at Autumn House Farm – where I picked up a Leicester Fleece too – Sigh.
The colors were magnificent. I have to learn how to clean and card a fleece so I thought I should at least start with one I really really liked because I think it might get pretty tedious.
I picked up some varigated Wool Top at Into the Whirled. The girl who helped me was great and explained that as a beginning spinner she would recommend going with the Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) or the Corriedale over the Merino as the Merino was slicker and would pass through the fingers more quickly – hence I would have less control over it. Sounded reasonable to me. I picked up Black Night, Deep Purple in BFL,
Buddleja in BLF,
and Rendition in Corriedale.
At Persimmon Tree Farm I got two of my favorite purchases. I found a roving that was 40% wool, 40% mohair and 10% alpaca in earth tones with metallic thread running through it (as it screamed – LOOK AT ME – DANIELLE WANTS ME!!!) called Fall Harvest
along with a white Cormo wool roving.
Then there was Fiber Optic Yarns – well – roving. I picked up a superwash merino in Masquerade.
These all photographed lighter and brighter than they are.
I also picked up a Shetland Wool Top in Cypress . . .
and a Bluefaced Leicester in Brownberry.
That’s it!! That is all the roving I purchased. I think it should keep Danielle and I busy until I learn how to card the fleece. I bought the carders today too.
Will Moses was at the Festival and he is one of Mom’s favorite artists so I picked up some cards to send her of his artwork (sorry Mom but they are Halloween themed but that was all he had) and his 2012 calendar for her . . .
which he signed.
I found natural dyes . . .
and can’t wait to learn this part of it.
And finally, I bought two niddy noddys – one for me and one for Danielle.
Thank heavens this is only once a year. I’m going now to throw it all on my bed and just cuddle with it. Hee Hee!!