All holidays need a fiber component. This past weekend was great because mine had 2 different fiber events. (It also had gardening, parades, and whiffle ball, but this part is about the fiber.)
This is certainly a case of a picture tells a thousand words. So briefly, the photos in the top left box show some of my purchases at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolfest. I bought a kit for needlefelting backyard birds. I thoght if I can get one to come out nice it would be a good gift for Agent B’s Jr. Audubon leader. I’m even thinking that Agent B might like to try making one herself. I also bought a roving and an inexpensive drop spindle from Spunky Eclectic. Her booth is our favorite (as you can tell from the expressions on Cheryl and Sarah’s faces in the photo box on the bottom left.) What else did I get? I also bought some banana fibers to try in my drum carder (bottom right of the top left photo). Not in the photo, I bought some lavendar scented wool wash and some lavendar colored Cushing Dye. (I love that one in particular. It has cool ways of being.)
We had a very nice trip up to Cummington. I had mapped out some shortcuts which we managed to miss, but the drive is so easy around there that it wasn’t that big of a deal. Sarah was very patient with my driving and Cheryl’s navigating. I think we could have just driven around all day and she would have happily knit away on her vest without a complaint.
The night before, Sarah and I were also in Massachussetts for a Post Cummington Loot Fest at JessaLu’s. (For us it was pre-fest, for everyone else it was post-fest.) It was fun to meet up with some new fiber friends who speak the same fiber/ravelry/blog language. I have a list of names/blogs in my purse. I’ll go get it and be right back… Okay. So, of course there was JessaLu and you have all been to her blog and seen all her talents up close. (Everyone has one of her bags, and you could have one too!) I’m having a little trouble remembering real names/blog names/ ravelry names, so bear with me a moment. Ok, also there was Tina from RowsRed and Harriet from Writing and Knitting and Spinning, Oh My. And Risa from CrazyFiberLady? (yup) Textile Junkie from Geeky Fiber News? (yup, and is Harriet’s husband. I didn’t know that. Sometimes I wonder about me…) And Michelle and I don’t know where she is from but she was very nice and I would like to find her. Maybe someone knows and can add that in my comments? I didn’t take any photos, but if you click on the RowsRed link above, she has some there. She is knitting the most fantastic shawl; creamy, lacy, and beady–very fine work, indeed.
(ETA: Please see Harriet’s comment below. Michelle is Textile Junkie (gorgeous blog!). Now I get it.)
It has been a long time since I have really done any significant knitting other than working on my sock blankie, but the other night I cast on a sock and I’m ready to turn the heel. Note to self: It is very important to always have a sock project going because you never know when you are going to need the comfort that fanatical sock knitting provides.
So, can you tell that I upgraded to Picnik Premium? Here is the clue. This is what my Woolfest collage looked like before the upgrade:
kind of boring, huh?
I do love Picnik though. It makes me happy in its cleaverness.
Have a great day, and thanks for reading!