Yarn choices

I bought yarn at the Renaissance Festival.

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I know that no one is actually surprised by this. The yarn is Th’Red Head Designs. I’ve been purchasing yarn from her at the Faire for many years. I have no idea what I’ll do with these skeins yet, but I do know who gets each skein. (No. They aren’t both for me)

I also received yarn for the store today. I just live seeing UPS at my door! One box was a reorder of Cascade Eco+. The other was of new yarn, from a new company! I didn’t get much to start with because, we’ll, it’s new. I like to sample first. I will be ordering more!

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This is “Florafil” by Made in America Yarn (love the name!). It’s bulky cotton made in Philadelphia! To really appreciate this yarn, you need to come feel it. It’s light and fluffy and soft. And really pretty. Really pretty. I want to make many things put of it. Many.

The problem is, I’ve got 14 projects on needles, 6 yarns burning a hole in my stash drawer – did I mention that my sister brought me Quince & Co yarn back from Maine for me? – and I have no spare time! And let’s not talk about the queue issues I’m having on Ravelry right now. I’ll just say that I only queue things I want to cast on with in the next year. Favorites are for the “I want to make that, someday” projects. The queue is out of control.

The Electric Sheep podcast had an episode a few months back called “Knit All the Things”. Wonder if Hoxton cares if I swipe her title?

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Pondering yarn

I’ve been pondering yarn lately. Ok, technically I always ponder yarn, but this is pondering in a slightly different way.

I went to the KC Renaissance Festival yesterday. I love Ren Faires, the whole bizarreness of them. I saw people dressed as faeries and as Stormtroopers. I saw an ensign from the Enterprise, a mermaid, and wizards. I even saw a dog with Tinkerbell wings. I ended up with hands tinged slightly red from holding my evidently-not-color-fast red gown out of the mud (I participate fully – as one friend says “it’s Halloween for adults”).*

So what does this have to do with yarn? There are also reenactments and demonstrations including spinners, weavers, and knitters. I watched Marci from Th’Red Head Designs spin for a while and spent a lot of time fondling her yarns and finished items. And yes, I brought some of her yarn home (I have a stash acquisition problem – that is part of the reason I opened a shop). I watched a woman hand knitting socks and another weave a rug. I took a project with me (of course) but I didn’t work on it as much as normal at the Faire.

But I came home with many ideas inspired by the people and fibers I saw and felt (fibers, I tried not to feel the people). And I started thinking about how fibers talk to us, tell us what they are supposed to be and how sometimes it takes a while (a long while) for the fiber to talk to us. I heard a lot of yarn talking yesterday!

More on this subject tomorrow.

*in case you are curious, I was in 14th century merchant garb yesterday. I’ll see if one of my friends got a photo

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