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I do know better, really

I know better than to think that I can go to a fiber event and not buy anything. I must have gone a bit batty when I thought that I could.

Allow me to explain. Last week, I discovered via one of the LYS’s Twitters that the 4th Annual KnitWear Extravaganza was happening this past Sunday. (There’s no actual website, but that should give you the gist.) I gathered up some of my knitting pals from my knitting group and we hit the ground running. The rule for me was to look, touch, but don’t buy.

Things started off so well. There were knitters and vendors…

KnitWear Extravaganza 2009

Vendors and knitters…

KnitWear Extravaganza 2009

There were fish-head hats.

KnitWear Extravaganza 2009

There were GIANT knitting needles. These suckers are at least US 50s.

KnitWear Extravaganza 2009

There was a help desk, where people could ask a very knowledgeable woman questions related to knitting and fiber-crafting. This was the same desk where the woman in question was giving away old pattern magazines and books FOR FREE.

Craft books

One of those is an Italian stitch pattern book. I don’t know any Italian, but I’m going to learn.

Italian Stitch Pattern book

Vera approves of Italian knitting.

Vera's interested in Italian

All in all, everything was going very, very well, and then it all came tumbling down. Or the inevitable happened. Whatever.

Brown Sheep

We got to the Brown Sheep booth, and well… it’s really hard to pass up quality yarn at a really cheap price. Those two skeins of Wildfoote there? I paid three whole dollars for both.

Brown Sheep

This Lamb’s Pride Worsted took a whopping $6.50 of my hard-earned money. I’ve been wanting yellow yarn to make a yellow scarf. Best $6.50 I ever spent, I tell you.

Mirasol

The gal from Woolen Treasures, the LYS just down the street from the office (believe me… I know) was there, and she had that lovely Mirasol Chirapa for sale, and I decided that I HAD TO HAVE Halloween socks. Too bad I can’t just will into existence the time to make said socks.

Lonesome Stone

And of course I have to support smaller, independent yarnies, so I had to pick up this LoneSome Stone Mountain Feat sock yarn. They’re located in Granby, Colorado, but I bought the yarn from the woman who runs Ewe Count in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I’m thinking two field trips are in order, one to Granby and another to Cheyenne.

This is why setting rules for myself in regards to buying yarn at fiber fairs is just a little ridiculous.

Random news: I did some spinning last night, when I should have been cleaning in preparation for my parents’ visit. You know how that goes. I started spinning up some fiber I recently bought from Gherkin’s Bucket on a lighter, faster drop spindle that I bought a month and a half ago. I don’t mind using a drop spindle, but since I prefer lighter yarns (I don’t use a lot of worsted weight), I’ve got to get thinner plies so I can end up with thinner yarns, which required a lighter spindle. So far so good! We’ll have to see how long I can keep it up.

Also, I’m now on Twitter! I don’t post frequently to my Twitter, but I try to post interesting knitting news or random observations or just links to yarn I want, so if you want to follow me, please do!

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8 replies

  1. Oooh I am super jealous of your Italian stitch pattern book! I think there is a Rav group for translating patterns; my guess is they can help you with translating those directions, too. If not, the Knitting in Italiano group is pretty friendly.

    You really did well for yourself. I think you would have regretted not buying that yarn, so I hope you don’t feel so bad. I can’t wait to see what it all turns into! =)

    1. Sweet! I mostly just need to know which word means “knit” and which one means “purl,” but it would be handy to have some other words too. πŸ˜€

      I rarely ever feel bad about buying yarn, especially sock yarn. πŸ˜‰ I do feel a bit stupid sometimes, post-yarn binge, especially when i’m having to scrounge up quarters to buy lunch, but actually having the yarn? not a problem. πŸ˜€

  2. Ga, I wish I could have gone with you guys!! It looks like you had an awesome time. I am very jealous. I was thinking about you all there having fun while I was at work. *sniff* But at least you got all the lovely yarn to make me something with right? πŸ˜‰

    1. We missed you but I hope you feel better!

      Yeah sure I’ll make you something. I can’t even finish a project for myself, though, so it might be a while. πŸ˜‰

      1. Haha, just kidding!
        Now that I am halfway though my xmas yarning rush, I think my new motto might be that yarning time is too precious to be spent on just anyone!

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