WIP Wednesday: New Project, New Year

As I mentioned yesterday, I do have a new project on the needles for myself since I finished my holiday knitting and also my work knitting (I love my job, have I mentioned that recently?).IMG_2563

This is the wonderful wonderful yarn from my trip to the Taos Wool Festival and the yarn itself is Dyed By Darryl from Your Daily Fiber in Fort Collins!  A great little happenstance there, I didn’t realize where the yarn was from until we were in the process of purchasing it.IMG_2557

I’m making the Atalanta sweater with some mods, namely I want the sweater to have fronts.  I’m making the medium size and added stitches to the CO so that I can have about 4 inches of front in lace on each side, then with the ribbing, I hope it’ll come close to closing.

Linking up with Tami, as always!  What are you working on this New Years?

Scoping Out My New LYS’s

This past weekend was my first real weekend living in Northern Colorado and what did I do?  Loaded the dogs into the car and headed to check out some of the local yarn scene.  ResizedImage_1384219725183

First stop was at The Loopy Ewe – hard to find but worth wandering around looking like a doofus continually checking my phone and the directories knowing that “I’m here! I’m right here!  The dot says so!” when really you’re just standing 15 feet below where you should actually be.  ResizedImage_1384219834358

The store certainly did not disappoint.  Windows everywhere let in all kinds of natural light to really show off the yarn selection’s best colors – I’m talking the best brands, the best colors, the most hard to find combinations of the aforementioned and everything else you could imagine.  Along with really nice employees and shoppers (but really, yarn crafters are the nicest folks anyway, yes?).  ft_collins_yarn_stores

Next, I visited Your Daily Fiber whom I’ve mentioned before on the blog and just knew I had to see what their little shop looked like.  I scoured the racks for the laceweight skein of yarn I lost (well, I didn’t *lose* it, per se, but it was bought out from under me! Oh the horror!) and it wasn’t there, but I’m going to keep looking everytime I visit and hopefully I’ll get lucky!  I didn’t come home empty-handed, and lucky for me, I didn’t break the bank either.IMG_1877

I picked up a single skein in the prettiest colorway of the Acadia yarn from The Fibre Company.  I’m thinking a hat for this lonely skein, it’d look great knit up in something that has light cables or lace – not too busy but not plain either.  I’m thinking foliage patterns….we’ll see.IMG_1874

Have you visited any new-to-you yarn stores lately?

Taos Wool Festival

This weekend was full of yarny adventures!IMG_1301

Saturday I went to the Taos Wool Festival for the first time and man oh man was it a blast!  Much smaller than Rhinebeck, which I attended last year, the Taos Wool Fest was the perfect size for the small, artsy, historical town.  There were plenty of vendors selling handspun and handdyed yarns, fibers in various stages of processing, tools and notions and even little furbabies! IMG_1312

There were shearing demonstrations, sock knitting machines, classes, raffles, cinnamon roasted almonds (the smell of which took over my knit-friend Andrea who disappeared then reappeared with a cone of the sweet, cinnamony goodness) and all sorts of pretty knitwear walking around to be admired, fondled and discussed. IMG_1237

My SO’s folks accompanied us (and drove…and gifted me with a gorgeous skein of yarn which I’ll get to in a minute) and his mom picked up a drop spindle and some fiber to teach herself how to spin!  This renewed my desire to pick up my own drop spindle and learn to spin better and more consistently, so hopefully the blog will feature some of that soon too!IMG_1305

Ok, so, the loot.  I only came home with one skein of yarn, can you believe that?  (I think I’ve said this before) I can’t either!  But it’s a gorgeous skein and I almost left it behind but, as previously mentioned, my SO’s momma came to the rescue and knew that if I left the skein at the booth, it wouldn’t be there when we made our second round, so she purchased it for me (such a nice nice nice lady, and I can’t thank her enough for it).  It’s a lace-weight handdyed yarn from a yarn store in Fort Collins called Your Daily Fiber.  I’ll be visiting them soon (exciting news for a future post!) and will hopefully pick up the other skein I was longing for but left behind which, lo and behold, had vanished, off to join some other crafter’s stash and not my own!IMG_1331

But look at that color ya’ll!  Isn’t it fabulous?  I know, right?  Just fantastic and totally perfect and I’m super excited to make something with it.  The process of picking what to make with it is another post entirely.IMG_1293

The day finished up with delicious pizza from Taos Outback Pizza and plenty of car-time to pet the new additions to everyone’s stash, it was a PERFECT day.  IMG_1285

Did you do anything fiber-related this weekend?