Oregon Flock & Fiber was last weekend, the 4th (and last I believe) of the fiber/knitting/yarn festivals I’ve been to this year. I almost didn’t go. Saturday was an exhausting day for me – working 6am-3pm then heading to the outdoor Pearl Jam show. It was great show, but I got very cold & sick of the drunk & stoned assholes that seemed to be surrounding me where ever I went – I was stone cold sober, much to my annoyance, which made it worse. I’ve loved Pearl Jam for a very long time – even before Ten came out – but after this show & the one in MA I saw last year, I’m realizing I hate their fan base. Anyway, we didn’t get home until about 1am so it was a very long day. But when I got up on Sunday, it was a gorgeous cool crisp fall day & something out there was calling to me.
Alpacas! I love alpacas & I missed them at Black Sheep Gathering.
They are just so cute. I want one! But, uh, that’s not in the cards at the moment.
And there were Angora bunnies there too! I actually hadn’t been to a fiber festival that had them so that was a treat. I wanted to hold them, but felt bad because I wasn’t actually going to buy one. Still, they were so cute.
And of course, I had to hit Blue Moon. I’m realizing, especially with my current sock project (1 down!), I could knit socks only with STR & be perfectly happy. Of course, there are a few exceptions – Lotus Yarn most notably and of course the company I work for! I behaved – I mean, I am very lucky to live close by a yarn store that sells it anyway and it’s not like I didn’t already buy a lot this year at BSG & Sock Summit. But the sale & mill ends were too much to pass up.
The lighter one is a mediumweight mill end – I haven’t done any research on the colorway but it really called to me. The other two are heavyweight in Jubilation – I think this is going to be scarf/shawl for me – I’m even thinking a Clapotis since I wear my other one so much. But I will probably wait until after Christmas to start it
And believe it or not, that’s all I bought at OFF. My allergies were kicking in so I didn’t stay very long (note: going to a fiber festival when you are already feeling crappy from allergies is not a good idea). But it wasn’t the only yarn I got this week. Check this out:
Yes, you are reading that tag correctly. Mink & cashmere! And yes, it is a soft as you would think it would be. This is all very animal friendly – you can read about it on the Great Northern Yarns website – so I won’t be getting red paint thrown on me. And the price was great – a member of the Ravelry group Yarnthropology – my fave group I always read but never post in – had listed it as her current favorite yarn & I figured it would be a similar price to say, quivet (ie expensive as hell). But nope, this 100 gram DK weight skein was $19.90 – the same as most good sock yarns. I had to try it out. And it’s going to be a lovely cowl for myself – I can’t wait to wrap it around my neck.
And you know what I’m most excited about? It’s finally fall in the Northwest! Time for baking & wearing wooly items. Of course, I’ll be sick of it in a couple of months, I’m sure, but right now I’m so happy to not be sweating to death. 🙂