YarnCon was this weekend, and of course I went.
I tried to give myself some ground rules. I was looking for a darning egg, a project back that is big enough to hold a sweater, a Cooperative Press book, and maybe some yarn. But I wanted to focus more on non-yarn purchases than yarn purchases.
Every time I go to a con or festival, I plan to do a lap around the whole festival and scope everything out before starting to spend all my money, then getting to the end and not being able to afford something I want more. This time I started out well. I made it through more than half of the booths before I bought something. But seriously, how could I pass this up?
This is a skein of Leading Men Fiber Arts Spotlight sock yarn in the Pipeline colorway. One of the gentlemen at the booth told me it was a colorway dyed for a recent retreat, given the name I assume it was the Knitting Pipeline retreat, and there wasn’t a lot left. Those of you who know me well know why this colorway jumped out at me. BLACKHAWKS COLORS!!! With some enabling by my friend Mimi, I bought this before completing my first lap around. But BLACKHAWKS COLORS!!!
I bought one more item before completing my lap, but we were toward the end and it was something on my list to buy. The Carolina Fiber Co. booth had project bags that are big enough to hold a sweater! They had a few different fabrics, but I only saw one of this one and bought it right away in case it was the only one they had.
I had to get it, because I love elephants. And yes, the makings for my Cowl Neck Vest is already in it. I’m not sure if the folks at Carolina Fiber Co. made this, or if they were just selling it. The tag said Knitdawg, and to find it on Etsy, but I couldn’t find it. If I do find it I will update this.
And I found a darning egg! It was hand carved by a man in Chicago. Isn’t it pretty?
I ran into some Stitch ‘n Bitch friends and showed them my darning egg, and some of them went over to the booth as well. I hope he sold some more.
As I was looking at the vendor list in advance I was really excited to see that Cooperative Press was going to have a booth. I have seen patterns from their e-books on Ravelry, and they look so cool. Also, the A Homespun House podcast is doing a Cooperative Press KAL, so I figured I would buy a book of patterns and participate in the KAL. There were so many cool books, and I wanted many of them. I finally decided to get Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color by Anna Dalvi. All of the patterns are shawls inspired by Egypt. I love every single shawl in the book and plan to make all of them. I might even cast on the first one tonight, but that’s a topic for another post.
Finally, I bought one more skein of yarn. When I arrived at the Hearthside Fibers booth I saw more sports themed yarns. I got this one.
I will be making new Chicago Bears socks for myself. There is more to this story, but that will be its own blog post down the line. I did find it amusing that both skeins of yarn I bought for myself had sports team colors. I did buy one more skein of yarn, but it wasn’t for me, so I’m not going to post about it here.
There were so many other things I wanted to buy, including half of the stuff in the Sun Valley Fibers booth and some Sophie’s Toes sock yarn, but I will have to wait. Perhaps I will see them at another festival, or order online one day.