Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ultimate Stash Addition

I went to Stitches Baltimore on Saturday 13 October. I have never seen so much wool in one place. I was a little disappointed because there wasn't a single vendor that sold any dye material. Almost everyone was selling their hand-dyed yarn so I guess they expected you to buy already dyed wool, not buy wool to dye yourself.

I did buy a few additions to my stash. One was a total treat and was the most expensive yarn that I have bought. The wool of dreams.

I bought a one ounce skein of 100% Qiviuk in color number 3002, collected and spun by the Windy Valley Muskox, Alaska. I think that I am going to knit it up into a scarf. Windy Valley Muskox was also showing some items that were knits with the wool. One was a sweater that would take three skeins. They weren't selling the pattern yet so I will have to keep checking back to their web site because the pattern was gorgeous.

I also bought a new PurlPod backpack that doubles as a yarn tote made by Elizabeth Garson. Not only is it beautiful and functional, it actually stays on my shoulder. It has a zippered bottom where you put your yarn. You feed it up through the bottom so that your project is actually held in the purse part of the bag. I then can stuff all sorts of stuff in there as well. She also includes a little bag to put your knitting accessories in that snaps onto the top inside of the bag. There are pockets for my blackberry, glasses, and keys. She has chosen beautiful material for the bags. I chose the Diamond Line in Honeycomb. Elizabeth was there at the show all the way from Olympia, Washington with lots of enthusiasm showing her product explaining why she has made it exactly as it is. I believe it is perfect for all my travels, especially on the plane. I do travel a lot and that is why the bag interested me. And, Gwen thinks it is a new wonderful toy too. What better endorsement do I need?

Last weekend I also canned up the pickles that I had in the crock for the last three weeks. I took a bite out of one of the cucumbers and it tasted great. Its got carrots, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts as well as cucumbers. Yumm.

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