The Loot

It seems I forgot to share my fiber fest loot with you last week.  So sorry!  I realize the following photos of yarn and yarn-related goodies may be drool-inducing to some, perhaps even inspiring a link click or online purchase in others.  I understand and support your addiction.  Personally, I think I’m going on a yarn-buying freeze for a bit, not because I bought so much last weekend, but because there is so much beautiful yarn out there to buy.  How can I possibly bring home every skein I fall in love with?!

Without further ado, may I present you with my  OFFF 2010 purchases.

Abstract Fiber Supersock in Sweet Pea
Abstract Fiber Matisse in Manzanita

I’ll admit it: I went to this festival hoping to fall in love.  I had a short list of vendors I wanted to hit up in person after hearing about them online and in podcasts.  Abstract Fiber was one such yarn company, and I was not disappointed.  The colors and skeins were gorgeous.  Saturated colors in every imaginable combination, all with great names evocative of the colors or places in Portland and Oregon.  My friend Burk was tempted by a skein named after his Portland neighborhood, Laurelhurst.  Everyone in the booth was very friendly and helpful, even encouraging me to look through the “knotty” yarn basket for a color I had in hand in order to save $5.  I think I ended up with a knotty Manzanita; fingers crossed the knots are few and concentrated toward the beginning or end of the skein.

Next I hit up the Knitted Wit booth to meet up with Michelle.  I wasn’t familiar with the yarn offerings of Knitted Wit, but I wasn’t disappointed.  This was my first glittery yarn sighting, something that became a theme throughout the day.  I bought this skein of yarn which has real silver spun into it.

Knitted Wit Bling in Stellar

And that’s all the yarn I bought!  As I explained in an earlier post, my ability to buy yarn left me after lunch when I was struck dumb by all the beautiful options.  Instead, I got inspired to buy some fun and useful pieces to enhance my knitting experience.

Doormat from Lantern Moon

Some of you noticed this gem in the photos from OFFF.  I found it at the Knitted Wit booth.  It was the deal of the day at just $10.  I had to bring this doormat home, no hesitation.  Spike’s glad I did, and so am I; it really helps warm up our new entryway.

Project Protector and Magnetic Book Marks from Slipped Stitch Studios

I could have bought one of everything from Slipped Stitch Sudios.  Instead, I limited myself to two things I had never seen before.  This adorable hedgehog-adorned folio is one of the most original things I saw all day.  It opens up to reveal a plastic-covered pouch slightly larger than an average piece of paper.  You can slide a pattern in and then refer to it flat or propped open pyramid style.  The magnets can be used in books, magazines, or on loose paper to mark your place in a pattern.  I slipped one onto the plastic shield in the project folder and it highlights the line of the pattern I am working on.  Brilliant and cute all in one, a favorite combination!

Sweetie surprised me with this little treasure box from Miss Purl, giving me the not-so-subtle hint that I may have outgrown my repurposed stitch marker containers.  It’s just as well, I like this much better.

stitch marker box from Miss Purl

And that concludes my presentation!  I may have purchased a couple other little things that I can’t show right away, but trust me when I say there was no shortage of inspiration and temptation.

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6 thoughts on “The Loot

  1. The folio is a great idea; I wish I’d seen those. Cute!

    Spike looks great on the doormat. Mine is outside my front door. I know they’re not colorfast, but I can always get another one when this one fades.

    Manzanita: love those colors. You’ll have to go to Manzanita; it’s a lovely beach town and one of my favorites here in Oregon.

    Nice haul!

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