Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair 2007

This past weekend, most of the gals in my knitting GROUP went to the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL. The weather couldn’t have been nicer. We shopped and ate a bit and then shopped some more. This was my first time to this fest and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t huge, but they had quite a bit of vendors. I managed to pick up a few things.

Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair 2007 purchases

I also picked up a mug and bowl. Here is the Turquoise Yarn Ball with Needles Mug:

Turquoise Yarn Ball with Needles Mug by Jennie the Potter

Turquoise Yarn Ball with Needles Mug by Jennie the Potter

Turquoise Yarn Ball with Needles Bowl:
Turquoise Yarn Ball with Needles Bowl by Jennie the Potter

Both are handcrafted by Jennie the Potter. I’ve already put the mug to good use with my morning coffee today.

I was also excited to finally get my hands on a set of Hold My Socks! from The Traveling Knitter.

Hold My Socks! by The Traveling Knitter

I’ve already put a few of my new purchases to use already. Hold My Socks! is a very sturdy holder for DPN WIP socks. No poking your bag and all your needles are in one place. If notice from the first picture above, some of the needles are missing and there is only one skein of the Painted Desert yarn. I’ve cast on the Painted Desert yarn with the HiyaHiya needles. I really like how the Painted Desert colors are coming out (photos to come). The HiyaHiya needles are made of stainless steel and very lightweight. It’s wonderful knitting with these needles.

I really enjoyed the Fiber Fest and look forward to next year. Plus, Stitches is coming in two weeks. I love it all!


Soxx Appeal

On my way to knitting GROUP yesterday, I stopped by Three Bags Full in Northbrook. They had a large assortment of the much sought-after Smooshy yarn from Dream in Color. Once again, I resisted (but my resistance is wearing thin, I can tell you). However, I did break down and pick up two balls of the new sock yarn from K1C2.

Soxx Appeal 9580 (Jungle)

It’s called Soxx Appeal. It’s 96% superwash Merino wool / 3% nylon / 1% elastic. This color is called “jungle”. It’s very springy and squishy. It reminds me of Fixation, but it’s thinner. I want to cast on, but I don’t need another WIP. For now, I’m just going to just squish it and be happy with that.

Any pattern suggestions? I just want to be ready. 🙂

Yarntini Sock Club : Mint Mojitos, anyone?

Today, I received my 2nd package from the pure knits Yarntini Sock Club. Once again, it did not disappoint.

Yarntini Sock Club - 2nd installment

Wrapped in lovely brown and pink tissue paper:

  • Yarntini hand-dyed yarn in Mint Mojito
  • set of Pony Needles Rosewood DPNs (US1/2.25mm)
  • Pure Cricosaura sock pattern
  • Mint Mojito drink recipe
  • Mint Mojito flavored Yarntini lip gloss

It’s taken a lot of restraint for me to not wind this yarn and begin knitting. I have a few WIPs (what else is new) and I also received an order from Elann (which I will save for another day of blogging). I’ve never seen Pony DPNs in rosewood. I’ve seen their single point needles, but not the DPNs. According to the website, it’s “new”. They feel very smooth and fairly strong. I may need to give this set a try soon!

Did I happen to mention that I am thrilled to have joined this club?