Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fibrefest Haul

Look what followed me home from Fibrefest International. I went with a plan. I was going to buy a longer niddy noddy, another bobbin or two for the Little Gem II, sock blockers, and as much luxury fibre as I could manage.

There were no sock blockers, no Majacraft bobbins, and the niddy noddy I saw did not suit my needs. Somehow I still managed to spend all the money I went with.

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50 grams of white bamboo top. 25 grams of cream yak top.

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25 grams of white silk/cashmere (85%/15%). 20 grams of ramie.

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250 grams of "Black Rainbow Glitter" a N.Z. Halfbred wool with a bit of sparkle added. I hope I'll be able to spin it thin enough to make a lace shawl for the holiday season.

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A packet of silk hankies. This will be a totally different spinning experience for me.

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A huge 225 grams of camel/silk. Ooooo, I'm looking forward to this one. I was gifted a small sample of camel silk a few years ago and that tiny bit was easy to spin into a 3 ply laceweight and it went far enough to make a pair of baby socks. This big bag should be enough to make something substantial.

And last, but not least I got these:

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Two lovely alpaca batts. Once I get my existing project off the wheel the alpaca batts are likely to be the first thing spun up. They are the bulkiest to store and I am rapidly running out of space in my "playroom".

There was one other fun item, bought for me as a Mother's Day gift. I'll show a picture of that tomorrow.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Ohhhh, silk hankies! I want to try spinning some of that...actually, all of what you bought looks yummy!

Every time I go to the Knitter's Fair with a list, I pretty much don't find what I want, either.

dragon knitter said...

what's ramie? and i'll tell you, the rest is completely drool worthy. we won't discuss fiber storage, lol

Marlene said...

Minnie, I wasn't sure what ramie was either, but at $1.60 for a trial pack I figured it was worth a try. I suspected it was some sort of cellulose fibre and I was right. I found some more information here:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/
hyg-fact/5000/5501.html