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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

All the Loot From Maryland

Sorry about the delay in posting, I couldn't get Blogger to load pictures yesterday - and this post needs some pictures! We went Saturday and had a wonderful time. The weather was sunny and breezy and the barns weren't too hot to shop in. I took my camera but I got no pictures while I was there - I think it was the wool fumes. I did meet some other bloggers while I was there. I ran into Nanc from Toys Are Good Food at The Fold's booth and she pointed out Good Girl Purl from The Purling P's and 200Sox. Then I ran into Alison at Alianne Knits, several times actually in the Main Barn.

As far as purchases, here goes: I picked up some yarn for socks (shocking isn't it) On the left is Charcoal Soft Touch Heather from Shelridge Farms. In the middle are some tiny skeins of a wool and hemp blend from DZined, and some Crocus Soft Touch Heather, also from Shelridge Farms.More sock yarn: Socks that Rock in Lover's Leap on the left, 3 skeins of Tess Yarns sock yarn in the center, and Socks that Rock in Chapman Springs on the right. I got the Socks that Rock from Toni at The Fold and it was one of the first booths we stopped at. It turns out that was a good thing because all 800 skeins she brought to the show were sold out by 10:30 AM - On Saturday!This is a diz and threader set made of Kingwood that I got from The Woodchuck. Kingwood is part of the Rosewood family and I'm a huge fan of Rosewood. I mean its wood with pink tones - what's not to love? And now we reach the spinning fiber portion of our purchases. This glorious purple mass is wool and mohair from Spinner's Hill. I got two pounds of it. It will be a sweater (and possibly a shawl, socks, mittens, and various other things - 2 pounds goes a long way). YUM. That's all I have to say about that.This is also spinning fiber - interestingly enough, both are 8 ounces of fiber. On the left is a merino/hemp blend from DZined. I saw and felt her yarns last year and fell in love with the softness and drape of this blend, but didn't buy any then. This year I made sure to stop at her booth! On the right is a wool/mohair blend but I can't remember what booth I got it from. It will be sock yarn.
Finally, this is a raw fleece. Its the first raw fleece I've ever purchased and I just love it. Its 5.25 pounds of Corridale from a sheep named Smiley! I've already washed it and its spread out in my bathtub (Mickael thinks it looks like I killed a Wookie). The color of the fleece is grey and it goes from pale silvery grey all the way to an almost charcoal grey. I haven't weighed it again after washing it (its not quite dry) so I don't know how much lanolin I washed out, but I just love the softness and the color of this fleece. This pretty much sums up how Maryland went. When we dragged ourselves back home, we were all tired, but pleased with how the day had gone (Mickael and Caleb spent the day eating Fair Food - yum!) It was fun to meet some fellow bloggers and I got lots of complements on both Picovoli and the sheep bag. Its always fun to spend the day with other people who are as crazy as you are!


Blogger Alison said...

So that's the big bag of purple stuff you were carrying around :) Really pretty!

Love those sock yarns. Wish I had thought to go to the Fold's booth first. But I was in a spindle mood, so Golding was one of my first stops.

It was nice meeting you, too!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

The Fold was on my list, but I totally spaced and by the time I got there there was nothing but empty racks where the STR had been... But I love your Chapman Springs colorway - might have to order some of that rather than wait a whole year for the next S&W.

8:53 AM  
Blogger moiraeknits said...

Ooo shiny! Lovely purchases, and thank you for sharing pics! I was wondering if you had contact info for The Woodchuck? I have lost my diz and threader and really really want replacements. I can't find any in the immediate area and just need to give up and order a set (or three). If you have contact info would you be willing to email it? I'd appreciate it, as I too love all things rosewood!

And I had to giggle at the fleece and the Wookie comment. So very true!

4:21 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

I looked for you, but never saw you. We got to The Fold booth after everything was gone except for two skeins. It was okay with me though, since I already have some STR.


There will be posting sometime this week about my MDS$W purchases. :)

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Petra said...

It was great getting to meet you Melanie! Don't you just lovelovelove the Socks that Rock?
I think the one I am most excited about is the one called Hard Rock. It really is great to meet/hang with others as crazy as you feel sometimes. All of a sudden you BELONG! Know what I mean?

7:16 PM  

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