Yesterday I plopped myself in the car, free of chores and animals and headed on over to Grants Pass for the first ever Fiber Mania. It didn't hurt that my weaving oracle and fiber supply maven Cindie was there and I knew just what I wanted from her booth. I had come with a plan AND limited cash. I know how weak I can be and no one mentioned an ATM on site so I was safe! Cindie has posted some great pics of her booth on her blog, although boy. she must have been exhausted. It was busy when I got there and even busier when I left.
I am terrible about taking pictures of events, and have none to show of some of the other lovely booths. Let's just say there was a ton of yarn and fiber, maybe two ton. A lot of it Alpaca or Alpaca blends. I saw a silk/yak blend and a silk/camel blend that were fine and lovely and would have been fab for weaving. There was an amazing jade green alpaca yarn that would have looked nice done as something in the bedroom, but I resisted. As much as I love the color, I have a stash that makes fine shopping too and I am still thinking out my white on white year of weaving for 2011. Then there was that lovely angora blend, in snowy white and believe me, I am planning on using it for something in one of my projects. The gal is local, Raspberry Farms, and her yarns are just all gorgeous.
So what did come home with me? Well, the adorable ladybug pin cushion cup that Cindie had on her blog a bit ago. When I saw it, I knew I as going to pick it up, a wonderful Lo-Lo bar of all things good and natural to keep my skin from drying out and cracking this year.
I already tried it on my heels and elbows and I'm in love. The scent is Red Clover Tea and it's heavenly.
Who among you could have resisted this little sheep, with her sweet face and fleece locks?
Not me. I wish I had a string of them up, they could be my counting sheep! This one is serving as a fan pull since I am always looking for the narrow little chain in the dark of the bedroom to adjust the speed.
She came from Lion Gate Designs & farm.
Last but not least is a book I have been keeping my eye out for, and it's quite timely since my thoughts are traveling towards woven fabrics more so than individual items.
I have all of Malin Selanger's books (I think), except for her swatch collections. I can't afford the originals but this book, now out of print, took 15 from each color series and reprinted them with the drafts and at $20.00 was a find.
The fabrics all beautiful and inspiring, as is all her work.
It was a perfect day and a very nice fiber event. I hope it continues to grow, but not too much. Sometimes things do get too big. For a first year it looked like attendance was very good. I know I'll be adding it to my yearly calendar!
Parting shots: Yin & Yang