For our second anniversary, Keith once again took me to the Midwest Fiber and Folk Fair in Greyslake, IL. He is such a good sport as I go around all of the booths at least twice handling fiber, snuggling angora rabbits and chatting up the venders.
Before going to the fair, I meticulously combed my queue to see what yarn needs I had for this great shopping opportunity. Are you surprised that I didn't really find anything? I knew that I wanted to come away from this trip with some fiber to spin, as I loved what I picked up last year. (PLUS I had spun or knit with everything that I purchased last year! What a good girl I am.) I feel that this is part of the spirit of my long gone 2013 yarn diet to only get spinnable fiber rather than simply adding yarn to my crazy stash.
I picked up 3 - 4 oz braids and one art bat of unknown fibers. Oooo I am so excited to play with these! The first braid is a Meddow Maggots blend for Susan's Fiber Shop of 55% BFL, 15% Black Diamond Bamboo, 15% Tussah Silk and 15% Tencel. The fiber blend gives some great visual interest that I know will carry through to the yarn. And who can beat a great combination of teal and pink? It caught my eye immediately as I was walking around. I didn't realize it until I looked at the website, but Susan's Fiber Shop is where I tried out my Kromski Spinning wheel for the first time last year! It now feels even better to give them some business.
Next I stopped back at the 365 Days on a Farm booth. I picked up my first ever art batt of unknown fiber quantity. It is a spooky colorway of black, purple and hints of a lime green. I am very excited to play with it. I also couldn't resist the Merino with silk Noil roving in beautiful green.
Finally, I had to make another stop back at the Fiber Optic Yarns booth. I LOVED the BFL/Silk fiber that was one of the first projects on my spinning wheel and I was hoping to get some more. Unfortunately the only color in that blend was the same color that I've already spun! I would have been happy to spin the same thing again to get more yardage, but since it has been so long since I've spun (not to mention a different color lot) I didn't want to repeat myself. Instead, I picked up a 20% silk/80% merino blend in deep saturated greens purples and blues.
I am so excited to start these new spinning projects, but I need to wait a bit longer. I have a project in mind that requires some hand dyeing, hand spinning and knitting for my baby on the way. My other finger candies will just have to wait!