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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

MDS&W Yarn



In the five times I've gotten to go to Maryland, I bought more yarn than fiber this year (except the first time I went when I hadn't started spinning yet). My fiber stash is pretty big at this point and the fact that I have several sweaters worth of wool to spin meant I really didn't need to go crazy with fiber. From left to right:


  1. Primero from Brooks Farm. I got one skein of this, but it's a 500 yard skein of DK weight Kid Mohair.

  2. Tierra Blend from Brooks Farm. I got one skein of this bulky lambswool and alpaca (70/30) and plan to make a hat out of it. Do not remind me that I don't really wear hats. It's soft. I like it.

  3. Duet from Brooks Farm. I have enough of this DK weight Kid Mohair/Fine Wool (one ply each) yarn to make a large, drapy sweater.

  4. Soft Touch Wool/Cotton from Shelridge Farms in Amethyst. This is a DK weight wool and cotton blend (85/15) that's very soft and the undyed cotton bits give it a bit of a tweedy look. It's also a handdyed solid, so it's not a flat color. I have enough of this to make a sweater and I've already started knitting one from it. I will show you what I have so far on Friday.

  5. Wullenstudio Sock Yarn in Sunshine on My Shoulder. This is a skein of yarn Caleb picked out for socks for himself. The boy is definitely not afraid of color!

As you can see, I spent a bit of time in the Brooks Farm booth this year! I've never braved the crowds before at their booth, but this year I wiggled my way into the middle (made easier by my big bag - if I clobbered you with it I'm sorry) and got to see what the fuss was all about. One thing I did finally see in person this year for the first time was the Clapotis. Now I know that two or three years ago everyone and their dog knit a Clapotis. (Some of you might have even knit one for your dog.) I am one of the twenty knitters worldwide who hasn't done this pattern yet. In fact, I haven't even seen one in person before last weekend for some reason. Anyway, after seeing several of them at the show, I will admit to being intrigued. Is there a Clapotis in my future? Who knows. I don't have yarn for one right now, but there is a possibility that I might be interested in making one this summer. I will have to think about this some more...

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18 Comments:

Blogger nanaknits said...

I'm one of the twenty who hasn't knit clapotis and just saw my first one in person at a LYS, I'm with you that it does intrigue me...

10:16 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

Loverly yarns!! And I'm one of the 20 who hasn't knit Clapotis either. Haven't seen one in person yet... maybe at the Estes Wool Market?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

I Somehow managed to get to the Brooks Farm booth before the crowds at a festival last year. Came away with two skeins of yarn and a big dopey softness-induced grin.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Ronni said...

I am one of the twenty knitters worldwide who hasn't done this pattern yet.
Ha! Me too (or three or four). We can be clapotis virgins together. Actually since Sherie and nanaknits haven't either that means we're a movement. Maybe we should have a badge or something. Or we could have a summer KAL to remedy this. I shall now go off and see just how appalling a name my little brain can come up with for such a group while it is insufficiently occupied with playing chauffer.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Cool! Lovely job of yarn procurement there. But the 'cool' is that I now know who a few more are of the 'Clapotis? Not me, yet.' clan. Haven't seen one live yet, either. Maybe it's like the teenage please, 'but everyone else is...'

11:53 AM  
Blogger suska said...

Actually Shelridge Farms is up my way in Ontario. It's in Durham and we live about 40 minutes away in Owen Sound. They are great folks and I am glad to see you have delved into their creations to enhance your stash. Looks like you (and Finn) had fun. I hope he approves of your acquisitions.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Javajem said...

Looks like you got some great stuff! The yellow one Caleb picked came from CLoverhill where I was working! I may have swiped your credit card if you paid with credit!

1:51 PM  
Blogger gwtreece said...

Make that 1 in 21 that hasn't knit the pattern. I agree with Ronni, we need a badge.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

I am currently knitting my *first* Clapotis. When I started it I really felt like I was the last person on earth to knit one! I am enjoying it very much.

7:44 PM  
Blogger suska said...

I think a clapotis Summer KAL would be jolly fun. So Ronni, I guess you're on to something. Aside from naming us, would you also coordinate and/or host?

7:49 PM  
Blogger BammerKT said...

Wow all twenty of us must read this blog! I haven't either, but I really don't even have an interest. Perhaps it's because I'm too addicted to lace and socks?

Gorgeous purchases. I hope to make it there someday!

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Ahrisha said...

Melanie~ ~
I looked for you on Saturday but it was so full I didn't see any of my friends there.
I'm in love with Brooks Farms Yarns. Interested in which sweater you have in mind for the Brooks yarn. I purchased some of their new Solo and Duet to alternate stripes on the new Knitty Pattern "Tempest". The Duet is a handpainted & the Solo is pretty much a solid. Can't wait to get started but Promised myself I would finish my current project before I start another.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Clapoti are lovely. Its the only thing I have ever knit that got worn all winter, actually I think I had better wash it!!

11:47 AM  
Blogger Carol in NoVa said...

As one of the million or so people who've actually knit multiple clapotis, let me tell you that there are few things more fun in life than destroying your knitting once you've knit it. I would race through the twelve rows so I could drop another stitch.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add me to the Clapoti-less. Your website is informative and a hoot! I'll be a daily reader from now on!! Thanks! Sharon in MI

11:07 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hmmmm...all twenty of us must be reading your blog, LOL!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I hadn't made a Clapotis before this past weekend. Then I saw one at MDS&W, too, plunked down the money for some great yarn, and cast on when I got home. It really is the perfect mindless knitting.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Ad me into the 20 who haven't knit the clapotis. One of these days.....

4:46 PM  

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