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:
Her checking out the possibilities
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?
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:
Eventually there will be a lot more blogging about all of that....