Do not fear, gentle reader! I did do the requisite S&W shopping. And here are my purchases:
Silk, merino and cashmere blend roving from Creatively Dyed Yarns. We hit this booth up first every year. I brought some yarn from last year to knit, but totally forgot to wind it into a ball. Since it takes me so long to knit with this stuff (it’s so awesome that I need a really really good project for it), I decided roving was a better route to go this year. It’s luscious and soft. I have completely spaced on the colorway. It’s either Mela or Castagna.
As I did last year, I spent far too long deliberating what to purchase from the Spanish Peacock. I clutched a rosewood lucet for a while, and then spotted this beauty. Since I really don’t need to work on multiple lucet project simultaneously and I desperately need to work on multiple spinning projects simultaneously, this was the obvious choice. I have forgotten the woods. There was another that was a caramel-colored knurled wood whorl with an ebony shaft. It was beautiful. Next year perhaps I’ll be brave enough to try a Russian supported spindle.
I found this lovely, soft baby camel roving and it was a steal, so I bought four ounces for myself and two more four-ounce packages for friends. I also bought some tiny clay chickens for my mother-in-law and the CG, but did not photograph them. Trust me when I tell you they were adorable.
Lastly, there was a frenzy of shopping at the end of the day, when Baobh informed me that the Sanguine Gryphon was, in fact, at S&W this year. It’s funny – when I look online and I see what other people buy, I’m amazed by the bright jewel colors of Bugga. Then when I buy for myself, I end up getting really non-bright, non-jewel colors. This skein is Skinny Bugga in the Fig Eater colorway, and I think it looks delicious. I bought a skein of Autumn Tiger Beetle a while back as part of a Christmas present binge (I gave the rest of the binge yarn away, except for one in Horseshoe Crab that will become something for Wonder Husband), and confirmed the wisdom of that purchase; I picked up that same yarn four or five times while browsing, before realizing that I already owned it.
All in all, it was a pretty sedate shopping spree. Not pictured are the crazy bindis I forced on people, a book on mehendi patterns, a little bag of madder root powder for dyeing fabric and a small gift for my niece (I don’t know if she’s gotten it yet, so I will have to be secretive about that for now).
And finally, here is my handsome cat.
(I am so unused to having a camera with a flash. I became frustrated with the results of my flash-less photos until Jennie reminded me that I actually had a flash. Crazy!)