Play time, part 2
Ok, so I'm not that mean. I won't keep you waiting too long. Because really? No one should have to wait for this. I mean it's practically electric. Totally cannot get enough (and I'm usually fairly immune to the charms of blue, but somehow this totally does it for me). But the thing I find really interesting is how differently each base took the color. From left to right that's Matrika, Zenith, Apex, Meridian, and Corona, all from Seven Sisters Arts. Just as a reminder, they looked like this undyed. And ok, maybe you'd expect the Apex (the gray one [...]
Play time, part 1
My job is awesome. I mean yes, sometimes I spend too much time with boxes and labels and tape. But I also get invited to go visit with fabulous dyers and play with their yarn. And really, that makes up for an awful lot of time spent packing boxes! While we were up in Maine, Karen of Seven Sisters Arts asked if I'd like to come over and play. You know I love her yarn (I used it most recently in Pelagic, and before she opened Seven Sisters Arts, she was half of String Theory, and I've used a ridiculous [...]
So while I did not quite manage to make it to Rhinebeck, I somehow did manage to meet a few furry beasties. Funny how that happens! We swung by the Good Karma Farm, and they just happened to have a few lovely critters to visit with. They also had what promises to be a much faster way to make socks (they do classes if you want to see for yourself, someday I'm going to have to give it a try). And some impressive machines doing noisy, twirly, yarn-making things. Which in turn meant they had yarn...some of which may just [...]
Knitting with lobster boat
I got up early one morning to sneak down to the water and take some pictures of knitting as the sun came up. The lobster boats kept me company. You'll see more of these pictures Tuesday when this comes out, but those focus more on the knitting (and so, alas, omit the boat). I thought I'd sneak this one in while I had the chance.
So last time I showed off (just a bit) of the pretty from the trip to Maine. But I know you guys are here more for yarn than for general travel festivities. And don't worry, there was yarn. No really I checked. There was. First up, a bit of Malabrigo. And no, it's not local to Maine, but I strongly prefer to buy Malabrigo in person, and these four were too lovely to pass up! And when in Maine, you're pretty much contractually obligated to get a bit of Seven Sisters Arts. That contract? It totally covers String Theory too. [...]
So a little while ago, a friend said something along the lines of 'have you seen this yarn?' I allowed as how I had not and took a look. It was indeed lovely. Then I happened to notice that the yarn company happened to be vending at the Maine Fiber Frolic and asked, in a causal sort of way, why I hadn't had the foresight to arrange to be in Maine that weekend. A few minutes later, it was brought to my attention that air fare was shockingly reasonable. As was lodging. A few hours later, the trip was booked. [...]
We've been away for a bit. We were up in Maine. (Yes, again. No, I'm not at all sorry. Yes, we are actually considering just moving there and saving everyone quite a lot of driving time.) Rather than bore you with the details (water, oh so many rocks, sea treasures, cocktails, pumpkin fest, beer week), I thought I'd be all noble and restrained and mostly just flash some yarn. Because no one actually wants to hear about anyone else's vacation. It's almost as boring as hearing about someone else's dream. Yarn on the other hand, everyone wants to know about [...]
What I want to do is tell you all about our trip and the lovely things we did while we were gone. What I should do is tell you all about the new book that's going up for preorder on Friday. So let's strike a compromise. I'll share three pictures from the trip (because three pictures of someone else's vacation is all anyone should be asked to tolerate), and then we'll talk about the book tomorrow. Sound fair? We spent an unreasonable amount of time watching the sky do this. We spent even more time climbing all over these rocks [...]
I went to Rhinebeck and didn't buy yarn. I know this sounds a bit odd, but I get rather frazzled when I find myself somewhere crowded. I bailed out after less than three hours. I wanted very badly to be elsewhere, so we left. Luckily, we were up in Maine after Rhinebeck, and Maine seems to be exceptionally well supplied with yarn stores. I visited quite a few of them. Of course we went into Portland, which means of course we went to KnitWit, which means of course I bought yarn from Quince & Co. Rather a lot of yarn actually. [...]
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