Sunday, March 09, 2008

Wow, thanks gang!! Contest winner and info from Fiberfest!

Hey there, thanks! I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment on my 100th post, those of you who did. It is Sunday and I have pulled all the names, The contest is over.

LOL I know everyone loves a good contest, but I hope you will pop back in from time to time to see what I am up to and let me know what you think! I am going to do my best to check out everyone's blog too!

So I know what you want to know.... but I think I have a trick or two up my sleeve first!

Yummy Alpalca Sock yarn! mmmmmmmm my Fiberfest indulgence! Georgeous no?

LOL, okay so that was a bit odd, but hey... I am lacking sleep today. Totally forgot about the time change and we were out late last night (like 3:30am) and we had to be up and out of the house for 8:30. Not much sleep! Forgive my over the top-oddness! LOL Besides I am super excited to announce it, and I will tell you about Fiberfest once it is over! LOL
The winner of the hand-knit purse is sharon rose of Needlegrrl and because so many people responded, I puled a runner up too! kathy of Irisheyes come on down..... LOL

So if you can both send me an e-mail to tiggertoo50(at symbol)hotmail(dot)com So that I can get these goodies off to you. That would be great! or if you would prefer, I am Silverilix on Ravelry too. YAY!
So I did go to Fiberfest in Abbotsford this weekend. Yesterday was a fun one with my frined Aime and Tiz. We had a great time, fondled tons of yarn and actually all stayed within our goals and guidelines! YAY! I am so proud of us! So I guess you may want to know what idea I took in with me to prevent me from maxing my cards out...... okay.
I decided to make a plan, this was it.
Take two patterns that I am intrested in making for spring/summer tops.
Purchase only yarns that my LYS (as awesome as it is) does not have available at the moment.
Stick to lighter weight, renewable resource fibers like bamboo, hemp, linen, and (*organic) cotton. (*if possible) This way the top will be light and weather appropriate.
Buy sock yarn only if you have no way of obtaining that type, or handyed in the next year.
Check out how I did!
So you have seen a bit of the gorgeous sock yarn from Wild Geese Fibers (I think I can see my skein from here............) , and here is a larger image it is amazing, Barb was kind enough to spend some time with us and explain all the lovely things she had! As I said this is Alpalca Socks and the reason that it is a more subtle colour than many of the ones she shows in her own images, is this starts out as a grey fiber and she dyes over that natual grey tone. This make the colours more heathered. She had some fantastic colours in the sock yarn made with merino and mohair! Super vibrant! Only one skien of each colourway, I had to snap it up.

I also picked up some Spun Bamboo by "Bamboo Textiles" from the fantastic Langley Yarns & Craft Thanks Barbara. She was so kind as to let me know that if I really enjoyed it and wanted more, she would be happy to order more of the colour I wanted in! YAY! This stuff is super soft and subtly shiny. I can't wait to make Rusted Root out of it! It was really affordable and each ball has 280yards! So four allows me enough for either top that I considered.

Yes, it really is that blue! I adore it!
My final purchase was for some cotton from Twist of Fate Thanks to Erynn the proprietor! I was suprised to see that she didn't have much on her website, because her booth was probably the second or third most full at the Fiberfest! She has intresting fibers, and amazing colours all over the place!Illuminating Soul's Aime bought some fantastic rayon that se picked up using the gift certificate she won! I hope she posts it is a beautiful subtly verrigated terra cotta colour.... the colours of pots that have been out in the garden all summer. It was beautifully soft, I can't wait to see what she makes out of it.

I picked up some lighter weight cotton for a great price! No seriously these are major cakes! The yardage is aprox. 600 yards each! I could knit it double stranded or single and I would be happy!
So either I can make another top or I can change my plan and go for a shawl. YAY!
So that was my adventure at Fiberfest I have more to share about my weekend, but I will stop here.............. no reason to get overly wordy! LOL
Thanks again for all the attention, it does a body good! Have a great week, and I hope your weekend was as productive as you wanted!


Kathy said...

im just thrilled to be runner up. THanks so much. will email you my snail mail. you made my day! im delighted.

Aimes said...

congratulations to the winners!!

Turtle said...

sounds like you had a great time and congrats to the winners! What gorgeous yarn!!

hunnybunny said...

That yarn is all so gorgeous,I want to pet my screen. It didn't work though so now I'm sad. I'll have to go pet my own boring stash now.

Penny said...

I love the purple alpaca sock yarn! The blue is gorgeuus too - I can't wait to see what you make :)

I'm bummed - I got behind on my Bloglines and missed your contest - oh well, there's always next time!

Congrats to the winners!

Penny said...

Ugh - I do know how to spell "gorgeous", lol

Chrissy said...

That looks like some awesome booty! Mmm...alpaca sock yarn.

That's so funny that we were in the Birkeland booth at the same time! We really must formally meet someday!

Jan said...

Wow, I'm sorry I missed you 100th. Sounds like you had some fun. I can't wait to see all that lovely yarn knit up. You're going to be busy!

Erynn said...

Iknow, I know, my website has nothing on it, it needs a new webdesigner!

glad you had a great time at Fibrefest, it was so great to meet all three of you!

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