|Stitches East market floor|
Before hitting the market floor I took a class with Shannon Okey, which was my first ever knitting-related class. It was neat to sit in a room with like-minded people and think about knitting. We looked at images of runway fashions and sketched what knitted versions of those clothes would look like, our own interpretations. I surprised myself by really getting into it! I didn't know I had such strong feelings about runway outfits or about how to reinvent them. It was a really fun thought exercise and was cool to hear everybody's different interpretations.
Alright, on to the yarny goodness. I made my customary stop at the Webs booth to fondle Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn in person. This is a rare opportunity as their yarns are mostly only sold through their website and dyed to order, so it's rare to see a bunch in one place that you could potentially impulse buy.
|BMFA Luscious Single Silk, colorway Nisqually|
|BMFA Sheep 2 Shoe, colorway Single Cell Dating Pool|
I made sure to stop by the Malabrigo Yarn booth and finally meet some great Malabrigo Junkies in person! Not only did I get to meet some really nice people, I also got a free skein of a very rare yarn of theirs, Dos:
|Malabrigo Dos, colorway Zinc|
One of my favorite fiber booths was Long Island Livestock Company. I grew up on Long Island and it is not known for its farms so it was very cool to meet the owner who raises her sheep and llamas, shears them herself, and is making a beautiful business out of it. Her booth won an award for best booth, too, so check out the link above to see pictures on her facebook page. I took home a little bit of Cotswald wool (a rare breed I haven't seen before) mixed with some sparkly firetar:
|More breeds for my Spinner's Study, yay!|
|Serenity Silk + on the left, Serenity Worsted on the right|
Have you discovered any new fiber artists you are excited about lately? I hope you all have a great weekend!