Friday, March 30, 2012

The Fun Of Fiber

This morning, at a quarter to ten, my mother and I set off on a wild adventure of fiber arts and money spending. Actually, money spending wasn't our main goal. We were, I believe, not going to buy anything. 


The DFW Fiber Fest began this morning. It runs until Sunday. Thinking that it would possibly not be so crowded the first morning. I don't really remember why we thought that, but we did. 

We strolled around, looking in all the booths, twirling handmade drop spindles in our fingers, brushing the soft rovings, and wondering if this expensive skein of yarn would make a nice scarf. 

I came across a couple of things I liked. Since I'm really mainly interesting in spinning my own yarn and then knitting it (I don't know why, but I'm sort of reluctant to knit with somebody else's hand-spun yarn), I was seeking more roving and drop spindles. 

I found a lot of gorgeous drop spindles. Most of them were way too expensive, and if they weren't too expensive, they weren't well made. But, I found one seller with beautiful drop spindles that were well made and priced at only $25. Also, the whorls of a few of them were made in the shape of a flower, the petals of which make excellent notches so your yarn doesn't slide around while you're spinning. I promptly bought one.
But before I did, I bought four ounces of the most beautiful roving in the world. Soft, I think the sign said merino, and gorgeous colors. Mostly sky blue, with streaks of dark pink and light green. You can't tell too well in the picture, because I'm a horrible photographer, but it's beautiful. 
As soon as I got home (well, after I ate lunch, finished school, and took a power nap), I spun some roving up on my new drop spindle. I love them both so much. I'm really good at making insanely thin yarn, but once it's plied, it'll be amazing. I'm thinking of doing some lace knitting. I've never done lace knitting before. I look forward to the challenge. 

My Mom also got three ounces each of some nice wool, some grey-and-white and plain white which she may dye. 

I'm such a fiberaholic. 

1 comment:

  1. wow great blog post!!! Loved reading it, really very enjoyable. Thanks for posting, the pictures are great too! The new drop spindle with the flowers really is lovely. You are such an expert now, I'm jealous!


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