Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fibery Goodness

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


  1. I am sold on Lo-Lo Bars, and think that Bamboo Element is the nicest scent ever created! Sounds like you had a great time.

  2. ooooh fiber, you keep me so inspired. now if you were just here in FL to keep booting me in the behind to actually DO something with that inspiration, I might have a warp on the loom and be weaving on it! have a grand and glorious day! ~denise/deBRAT

  3. Your book sounds like a great find!! Old, out of print, treasures like that can be a real surprise! Will we be seeing some yardage on your looms anytime soon???? BTW, I do love the name Stella...and your Stella wears it well.

  4. The old books that are out there are so tempting! My used book store had a weaving title the other day but I own it already, by Elsa Regensteiner called The Art of Weaving.

    Love that giant rabbit she is holding on the angora site! I don't think your brood would appreciate you bringing one of those into the fold.

  5. Sounds like a fantastic day. Nice goodies to bring home too. I've not heard of Lo-Lo Bars. I'll have to keep eyes peeled. I use Burt's Bees and love all their products, but with dry skin, it's nice to know of other products.

  6. Lovely fiber opportunity and so close to home. Lucky you and jealous me.