I was on the sunny Sunshine Coast this past weekend for the Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival. When I wasn't in a fabulous workshop (more on that in my next post) or admiring the beautiful work of knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, quilters, woodworkers and other fibre artists in the juried exhibit, I was in the merchant mall. Where considerable damage was done to my rather puny bank balance.
Following the premise that confession is good for the soul, I give you the results of the weekend's stash enhancement activities...
First up was a visit to the always-insanely energetic Shannon of Unwind Yarns and Gems, where I picked up four gorgeous skeins:
Mmmmm, cashmere for my tootsies (assuming I actually finish a pair of socks, of course)! Soave is an 80-10-10 blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon. I'm usually drawn to darker shades, but this one, Blazer, really called out to me.
Shannon's commercially spun yarns are all named for wine varietals -- Soave, Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, etc. -- so what better name for her handspun than Moonshine? These are in the lovely Ocean Cove colourway.
Shannon was also helping out a fellow Vancouver-area indie dyer, Kirsten from Yummy Yarn, by selling her rovings at the Unwind Yarns booth. Check out this little number:
Erm...no, I still can't spin. That didn't stop me from crossing the aisle to the Knitopia booth, where, after much fondling, I finally decided on these:
Isn't is gorgeous? One of my fellow workshop participants was spinning some of it up in the booth; it is truly nommy.
I still have the BFL fibre I bought from Knitopia at last year's festival in my stash...so I'm really going to have to apply myself next month at the World Wide Spinning in Public Day meetup, where several spinning friends have promised to
My final festival purchase was also the richest:
Hooray for Alberta cashmere goats! This stuff is indescribably soft. It will definitely be used for some kind of cowl. Mine, all mine! :-)
Of course, I didn't actually stop there. The festival ended on Saturday, and on Sunday, I paid a visit to Unwind Knit and Fibre Lounge, where Kim and her mother were unpacking from their festival booth. I scooped up a few skeins before they even made it back to the shelves:
Here's the weekend's haul, all together:
They're a bit hard to spot, but there are two skeins of black Briggs and Little Heritage (that's 430 yards for $10, piggies!) picked up from Penelope Fibre Arts up there in the top right, alongside a lovely little niddy noddy (perfect for sample handspun -- I'm being optimistic, here) from Don George (no website).
I bought more than I should have, but boy, was it fun.
* Stash Adequate For Eternal Reincarnation