May 27, 2008

Great Lakes Fiber Festival

So this past Sat. I went with my mom and my grandma to the Great Lakes Fiber Festival. But unlike last year, this year I did not come home with tons of yarn. Nope. Just one tiny little skein of sock yarn from Creatively Dyed. Because… well…. I pretty much drank this month’s yarn budget while in Boston. Liquor is expensive in that city. As are lobster. Plus I have more yarn than I know what to do with anyways… So instead I was an enabler. Together my mom and I convinced my grandma to buy some alpaca to spin:
Great Lakes Fiber Festival
Her checking out the possibilities
Great Lakes Fiber Festival
Great Lakes Fiber Festival
My mom keeping up the peer pressure (oh yeah my mom is on Ravelry. She’s CaroleB and she needs some friends...)

We started with a mere 2lbs of the most beautiful brown… but the processor will only do a minimum of 3lbs at a time. So by the end of the day we had 4 lbs of alpaca sent out to be processed. 4lbs!!! And the best part is that they are going to turn it into what is essentially pencil roving. It’s going to be so fun for my grandma to spin!

I also was lucky enough to meet up with Jacki and Travis, Tricia and her lovely family, and Katie for a nice little chat about the online yarn business. They all produce truly beautiful stuff (check out their stores here and here). Then it was on to the Ravelry meetup where I got to see Amy and meet Rasa in person as well as see/meet many many other wonderful knitters who don't have blogs for me to link to. Hi guys! But again I seem to have a weird thing with taking pictures of knitters so instead how about some sheep?
Great Lakes Fiber Festival
Adorable.

Really it was a perfect day.

Other than that my weekend was spent out in the garden planting things – Oh just a heads up! Buyers Outlet - my source of cheap and wonderful plants – is out of veggies! Out! It’s a tragedy. I talked to the guy who owns the place and he said that the greenhouse they buy from is completely out. Lots of sadness ensues on that one. I’ll bet it’s because food prices are so expensive everyone is trying to grow their own… luckily the ‘depot wasn’t out of too much. I still have to track down some eggplant plants, though.

Oh yeah and I’m still on a big dying kick… just a little preview:
test skein
Eventually there will be a lot more blogging about all of that....

10 comments:

  1. It was great to be able to hang out with you on Saturday! And yay Grandma for getting something fun to spin! :)

    The dyeing kind of looks like you just killed something, so it should be awesome when it's dry. Mmmm, handdyed entrail yarn! :)

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  2. How fun! I'm still jelous you got to go! Good job at taking Grandma into the roving!

    Oh I friended your mom on Ravelry too!

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  3. Gurl I know abot having no yarn budget right now! I kept my purchases real low this past weekend too!

    I know Dianne (CD)! She has been to my knitting group and will see her this weekend for Stitch 'N Pitch!

    I luv meeting other bloggers!!

    Consider Mom "friended" :oD

    And I lurves the purple dye! Can't wait to see it dry!

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  4. It was alot of fun! 4lbs my goodness! Again, sorry I missed ya there. Cross our fingers for next time. Can't wait to see your dye job when it's dry.

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  5. p.s. I just friended your Mom too. She needs to get busy and show us what she's created. :)

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  6. Thanks for all of your supportive comments on my blog lately. I really appreciate it!

    I had never heard of that particular fiber fest. I think it's so cool that your mom and your grandma are both into knitting too! Good for you for sticking with the budget - did you see Bobbi's (from the Kelly Green Rogue blog) Ravelry group for "yarn dieting"/knitting from stash? I'll send you an invite just in case you're interested.

    Going onto Ravelry to friend your mom now! Tell her I'm (kind of) normal and not a crazy stalker - RobinM on there!

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  7. Thanks for all of your supportive comments on my blog lately. I really appreciate it!

    I had never heard of that particular fiber fest. I think it's so cool that your mom and your grandma are both into knitting too! Good for you for sticking with the budget - did you see Bobbi's (from the Kelly Green Rogue blog) Ravelry group for "yarn dieting"/knitting from stash? I'll send you an invite just in case you're interested.

    Going onto Ravelry to friend your mom now! Tell her I'm (kind of) normal and not a crazy stalker - RobinM on there!

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  8. It *looks* like it was a perfect day! I'm cracking up here on the gram peer pressure. Did you tell her all the cool grandmas were doing it? ;)

    Can't wait to see more of your dyeing!

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  9. It was a beautiful day to hang out and chat about yarn and fiber. I'm ready for the Kirtland festival now!

    The dyeing looks good.

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  10. Wow--with all your spinning and dyeing and knitting, you are just a pan-fibertarian!

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