I had the opportunity to work at Stitches Texas in the Handknitting.com booth and be paid in yarn! Handknitting.com sells Lang yarns and some other wonderful brands as well. Their sister site, dyedandgone.com, sells discontinued yarns at a great price. I really enjoyed talking to the customers and feeling all the wonderful yarns! Here are the yarns I brought home and my planned projects.
From Dyed and Gone, I selected this beautiful Lang Greina. It is a 40% acrylic, 30% wool, 18% rayon, and 12% linen. This yarn is super soft, washable, and holds the shape of cables and texture beautifully. I think the blend is perfect for a sweater to wear in a Texas winter.
At this moment, I am planning the Celtica Cardigan; however, it will be a few months before I start the sweater and I could change my mind.
I also picked out some Mille Colori for a ZickZack scarf by Christy Kamm. I have another yarn for this scarf already, but I couldn’t resist the Mille Colori.
I also selected some cotton for washcloths, which I hope will make nice and quick little gifts. The pattern is the Vintage Hankie Washcloth by Julie Tarsha and is a free download on Ravelry.
I also spent money at other booths and actually went a little crazy at this show. Oops! I normally don’t buy yarn until I am ready to start a project. However, the Vice yarn and the Hen House yarns were too tempting for me to pass up.
I met pattern designer Alexandra Davidoff, who was wearing a beautiful cowl knitted in the Vice yarn and not yet published. I am waiting for the pattern to come out Alexandra has beautiful designs, and these boot cuffs are already in my Ravelry queue. The cowl is similar. Alexandra also has an Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209270243/knitting-pattern-for-eleanor-boot?ref=shop_home_active_10
I also bought some fun stitch markers from The Vintage Rose. I bought the Knitting Nerd set and a wine set – so cute!
Of course, yarns this beautiful need beautiful bags! You can find these fabulously functions project bags in the DianaCouture shop on Etsy.
This is at least a year’s supply of yarn for me, but it makes me want to knit more and knit faster, so we will see how long it takes to get through these wonderful yarns.