Well, another SAFF has come and gone, and I have the yarn to prove it. Once again, it was a blur of shopping, friends, and fun. Really, the best part of SAFF is getting to spend time with good friends from both home and far away. I'm sad that this is the only place I get to see some of these people, and vow to make more frequent visits happen in the coming year. Although I hear it rained buckets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday were both splendid. Fall waited for this weekend to show its best colors, the sky was bright blue, and despite chilly evening temperatures, both days were perfect.
Of course, between shopping and visiting, there was time to visit the animals.
Here's something I bet you haven't seen before - a llama pulling a cart!
I wish I could have gotten a picture of his (or was it her?) face when they were putting the harness on. He was quite "what do you think you are doing there?" But once hitched, he was very cooperative, and it looked like a pleasant way to take a ride.
Saturday, I spent most of the day shopping the market with my friend, Greta. After we had worn out our feet, we sat and knit for a while with friends. That evening, there was a big gathering for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. This year, we took up almost all of the main dining area. I wasn't quick enough with my camera, or there would have been a picture below of a certain yarn vendor (<cough> Sanguine Gryphon <cough>) dancing with the waiter, after having Happy Birthday sung to her. Never mind that it wasn't her birthday. She took all the celebration in good fun, and looks very nice in a sombrero, too. (I'm sure if you look around the blogs, you'll come across someone who was faster with the camera than I.) Sunday was more shopping and knitting, before heading home. That day, I focused on buying gifts for friends, which was a lot of fun. Obviously, you won't be seeing that haul here. [edit to add - see Gryphon dance here. Thanks, Katey!]
So, I suppose you want to know what I got. Ok, here we go:
This is a very cool product. A series of four colorways that, if knit in sequence, make a lovely gradient. Can be used for socks or a small shawl. I'll most likely do the latter.
Speaking of The Sanguine Gryphon, I sort of fell down in her shop, and came up covered in yarn.
Some of Dragonfly's yarn fell on the pile there, too.
Gaia Lace. Enough for a pretty scarf
And Dragon Sock
My friends, Brittany and Wayne have lovely yarn. This one is a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk. I bought one just like it as a gift for a special someone, too.
What's not to like about 100% alpaca? And I couldn't resist the color. Enough for a floppy hat, I think.
I saw these ladies at Sock Summit, but waited for SAFF to get this skein of their Sock Summit "Dye for Glory" entry. Ooh, green!
Just two non-yarn purchases.
This lovely shawl is 50% alpaca/50% acrylic, is very lightweight, soft, and warm. My friend Meg has one, and I admired her's so much, I had to be a copycat.
Every year, I love to see the Jacob yarns and fleece. This time, I bought some yarn.
If you notice, the skein on the right is a bit thinner than the other two. It also has about twice as much yardage (300 yds.) I'm thinking it would make a lovely scarf - but not a knitted one. I'm planning on doing this with it --
That's right, a loom! A Schacht 20" Flip loom, to be exact. I've always admired woven fabric, and decided that it was finally time to give it a try. Mine is still in the box, which is why I've swiped the photo from the Schacht site. But it won't stay there for long. I have some errands to do this afternoon, and then I'm hoping to pull it out and get started. I'm thinking that this will be a great way to (very quickly) work though my stash, especially the sock yarn. Any of you weavers out there have any tips, tricks, helpful books you can share?
So, that was my great weekend adventure. I had a wonderful time, and am already looking forward to going next year. And Claudia - no getting sick then, either!! (I hope you are feeling much better by now.)