Although it's taken me over two weeks to put this post up, and as a result some of you may have doubted its continued existence, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival did happen this year. And it was amazing. Really, really amazing - great weather, great people and it capped a perfect weekend of New England exploring and leaf-peeping.
Perhaps the greatest indication of how great the Festival was this year was the relatively large amount of yarn I purchased. In years past, I have exercised much stronger restraint, and limited myself to anywhere from a handful to ten skeins, let's say. This year, despite not planning to purchase yarn for specific projects (with one exception, Noah's pumpkin hat), I really went to town. And I think that each skein of yarn I purchased was special and unique, and really showcases some regional gems. A summary of my new yarn follows a picture of the Rhinebeck 2011 haul.
From the top left, going clockwise:
- Alpacas of Staghorn Valley (NY) -- three skeins of 3-ply alpaca
- Still River Mill (CT) - Two Step Sock Yarn, one skein in grey. I have been eyeing yarn from the Still River booth for at least a year!
- Still River Mill (CT) - Cameloo, two skeins in beige. Incredibly soft yarn -- I cannot wait to start knitting with it, and fear I may be selfish and just make something for myself from this beautiful yarn :-)
- Long Ridge Farm (NH) - Superwash Merino in Rain Forest (dark brown), one four-ounce skein
- Buckwheat Bridge Angoras (NY) - 50/50 blend of kid mohair and cormo, one skein in orange and the other in dark green
- Persimmon Tree Farm (PA) - Piggy Toes SW, one four-ounce skein in maroon/vibrant red
- Good Karma Farm (ME) -- 60/40 blend of wool and alpaca, two skeins with blue hues and another with more yellow colors wool
Hopefully these new additions to my stash will keep me going for at least a few more weeks :-)