NOT a WIP Wednesday

I don’t know why, but I have this mental block where I feel like it “isn’t right” for me to blog on Wednesdays if I don’t have a WIP to share, or on a Friday if I don’t have an FO.  I realize this train of thought doesn’t exactly make sense and so today, with lack of WIP to show you (the pants are in sad shape, they’ve definitely been ignored due to some Sooper Seekrit knitting, but I can’t show you the stuff I have been working on either! Gah!) I’m posting about a yarn supplier I was introduced to at Stitches South.

We were just cruising the isles of the marketplace, minding our own business, discussing the subtleties of knitting, life, boys or booze (or some such nonsense) when BLAM!

Something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.

The colorway. Gorgeous.

The weight. Perfect.

The colorway: Cleopatra (image from http://www.ravelry.com/people/syracuse/stash/yummy-superwash-sock--baby-yarn---2-ply-7)

The broke-student budget. Pissed.

The supplier? Miss Babs.

And you know what? I came away with a small sampling of their yarn in such a way that my broke-student status didn’t cry (and no I didn’t steal it!).

They had a very nice woman handing out samples of their yarn.  Samples!  Like, samples of food in the grocery store, samples of yarn at the Stitches South marketplace.

Definitely one of the best modes of getting your name out there if I do say so myself.  Its a great way to play with a yarn, maybe even knit up a tiny swatch and see how the colors knit up and then fall in love and go back with your checkbook to get some more and know you’re going to love it.

Something I’ve Never Tried Before

Now, remember when I said last week that I was looking for a yarn to go with my Paris yarn at the Stitches South marketplace?

My thought process was that if I had a goal-yarn in mind, it would help curb impulse spending, (being a broke college student also helps impulse spending, incidentally)   and for the most part, it did.  I bought 10 skeins of Silky Wool in a taupe color because I’ve been in love with the silky wool since my momma had me wind some for her last summer, not to mention it was 50% off in those quantities (you can be expecting another design coming this fall with that yarn).

so much yarn everywhere!

Back to my goal-yarn.

I searched and I searched and for a change of pace, I searched some more.  I knew sort-of what I was looking for, something to bring out the bits of yellow in the gray-ish alpaca I brought home.  I wanted something with a bit of a halo, since the alpaca itself has a bit of a halo.  I wanted it to be of a similar weight – about fingering or sock weight perhaps.

So many of the yellows I found were too rainy-day and some were too dandelion.  Some were too pastel and others were too mustard.

Finally, I found it.  I found my Paris-yarn soul mate.  The color was perfect, just rich enough to add interest, depth and dimension.  The yarn was thin with just a touch of halo, less than the alpaca but not perfectly smooth.

Meet Frank

I’ve never had the pleasure of using Malabrigo before, this was my first Malabrigo purchase and it was so worth it.  I picked up two skeins of the Malabrigo Lace in Frank Ochre.

I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do with it, I know I want it wrapped around my neck/face area because it is so devastatingly soft and I’m thinking I want fringies as well….a scarf, shawl, or cowl……..

And as a bit of added awesomeness to the weekend, I won some Malabrigo Worsted at the Student Fashion Show dinner they had Saturday night too 🙂

Stitches South 2011 Recap

Skeins used during the trip: 2

Skeins added to stash: 15

scrumptious

Experiences had (not counting classes)

For Next Time:

  • Bigger spending budget
  • Bigger suitcase

    I colored it myself!
  • Something handknit to wear everyday – Can you believe I only brought two sweaters? (Really? What was I thinking?)
  • Something to show off in the student show
  • The juevos to show something off in the student show
  • Cute pajamas for the pj party

    some class materials

Classes I took

  • Where do they get those numbers? – Edie Eckman
  • How to say it: technical writing – Edie Eckman
  • Art of knitting backwards – Candace Eisner Strick
  • More than one way to skin a sweater – Jolie Elder
  • Join as you go knitting – Lily Chin

    One of my favorites from the fashion show

What I came home with (not even including what my momma came home with)

  • 3 skeins Malabrigo worsted and a corresponding hat, scarf and mittens pattern set (I’ve never worked with Malabrigo before, these are my first skeins!!)
  • 2 skeins Malabrigo lace – to match with my Paris yarn
  • 10 yds sample skein from Miss Babs
  • 1 yarn caddy from Purty Thangs – won during dinner after the fashion show
  • 10 skeins elsbeth lavold silky wool in taupe – for a new design coming this fall
  • 65 pictures – should’ve taken more
  • 6  business cards – handed out 4 of my own (again, should’ve handed out more)
  • 14,578 new ideas

    one of the many booths in the marketplace

There will be a more comprehensive post on the yarn this week sometime (or maybe next if I get too busy).

Bottom line:  I will be going to another Stitches event and more knitting weekends/retreats/conventions in general and I think you should too.