Sunday, May 11, 2008

NH Sheep & Wool 2008

Last year was my first NHSW Festival. I had a great time, but went away with only a single skein of yarn. Why one skein? I just couldn't leave without buying something.

Well, it wasn't a problem this year... Goodies!

Top right is some deliciously soft natural alpaca from Phil and Jessie Tanner of Simply Alpacas Farm. I snapped these up when I realized they have a blue undertone. I cannot wear most of the natural fibers I see because they have a yellow undertone that makes me look like I am overdue for a doctor's appointment! I was thinking a little neck warmer would be in order and with a quick trip to Ravelry, I now have a pattern. Happiness is...

As soon as this picture was done, I had to give up the kitty crack to keep from becoming a pin cushion.

I figured with all the stuff I was buying for myself, I could treat the cats to a new catnip toy. Think she likes it?

Plaid anyone? This skein from ValKnitz reminded me of a plaid shirt and, while I have plans for it, I cannot reveal them yet. Sorry!

Then there is this ingenious contraption. Do you know what it is? A handmade shawl pin from Leslie Wind (psst -she teaches classes in making these if you want to learn!).

The "pin" works by first hooking one of the straight pieces through the shawl. Then you rotate it a bit and slide the other end in. A little wiggle to make sure the ends are hidden and viola: a secured shawl. I love this so much for its creative design and the fact that there is nothing to snag your precious shawl!

Well, that's it for this year except to say to all the moms out there: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! And an especially happy one to my own who I cannot be with today, but wish I could. Love ya!


Lapdog Creations said...

It was great to bump in to you yesterday! That natural alpaca you picked up was gorgeous and SO squishy!!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Gina House said...

LOVE the shawl pin! I was looking over all of those, but just didn't find exactly the right one I was looking for. That natural alpaca is amazing...can you bring it so I can feel???

Anonymous said...

That shawl pin is really pretty and perfect for handmade shawls. Beautiful yarn!