Second fiber festival of the year is in the books! I spent most of my time teaching, a little socializing, and some shopping.
I had three wonderful classes with some smart and fantastic students. Unfortunately, I only got pictures of my raw fleeces class because I had a bit more time. It’s so rewarding to see the moment a new skill “clicks” with a student.
On Friday I taught Lace Knitting 101 and after talking about yarn and needle selection we worked through a couple swatches to learn some common lace stitches and how to read lace charts. Saturday morning I taught raw fleeces and I talked about selecting a fleece before we hand processed some samples of wool and alpaca. Lastly, I taught Bead Knitting Rockstar Saturday afternoon. We talked about bead selection and worked through different ways of adding beads to knitting. If you took one of my classes I’d love to see what you’ve done!
Around teaching I did a little shopping. I also ordered two skeins from Copper Centaur, which Lucy is dying up for me this week.
Combing Spray – Something new to try! I’ve seen recipes/formulas for combing spray but didn’t have easy access to all the supplies. When I saw this I wanted to give it a shot. The idea is it will decrease the fly-aways when combing. I bought the lavender scent. The seller is Twistery Fiber here.
Soap – I’m a sucker for natural soaps since they are a lot less likely to make my skin itch (and I can recognize all the ingredients). I bought lavender scented goat milk soap. The soap is made by Gina’s Essentials here.
Two 3oz DK weight skeins of merino from Knitted to a T. The deep blue color is called Sapphire. I think I might knit another Curl shawl with it.
Hand-dyed self-striping yarn from a new company – BaH Yarns (Brenda and Heather Yarns). This is the Mr. Sparkle Base, a blend of superwash merino wool, silk, nylon and glitz. The colorway is Winter Sunset, stripes of yellow, orange, coral and purple.
Lastly, from A Good Yarn, is handpainted 100% superwash merino. The first skein is a gray with spots of teal. The second skein is dark gray, nearly black. I plant to use these together in the form of stripes.