Monday, July 26, 2010

Fibery Goodness from WI

I finally had two minutes to sit down and photograph the fiber acquisitions I procured while on vacation in Wisconsin this month.

My first stop was at the Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island. While they carried mostly brands of yarn which were familiar to me, I wanted to go there when we visited the island because I was interested in the fact that they host spinning classes (among other things!!) and had heard that some of the locally handspun yarns were for sale. (I knew I didn't have the type of budget that would support buying a wheel or anything.)

As it turns out, they also had a wonderful supply of a variety of fibers ready to be spun! I came home with these:

This is some gorgeous 90% mohair, 10% wool roving which feels like it will provide a luxury spinning/spindling experience!! I believe it will be enough when spun up and plied to at least make a pair of mittens or a hat. This will be the ultimage souvenir!

My other stop was at Spin in Sturgeon Bay (conveniently located right next door to DC Coffee on Madison Street--another great stop!!). We were on our way out of Door County and headed home, but boy am I glad I went in!!

Here's a peek at my bag:

Can you guess what's inside?

First is a sock yarn that is new to me.

It's called Unisono and is made in Germany. I believe there is aloe in it and the content is 100% new wool, superwash. The 100g hank has 300m in it.

I love this yarn because it will forever remind me of the cherries and Sunset Splash wine we enjoyed in Door County! (Now I just need to find a sock pattern that has a cherry motif!)

My second find was a new type of sock yarn from one of my favorite yarns, Regia. This is their "Hand-dye Effect" yarn and has a unique, "crimped" type of plying.

I guess I was in a warm mood that day because this colorway jumped off the shelf at me. It's a very generous 420 m, 100 g ball. I can't wait to see how it looks knit up!

Finally, la piece de resistance: a yarn I have read about many times but never had the pleasure to see in person until I crossed the threshhold at Spin.

It's Claudia Handpainted Silk!

This is the Desert Dusk colorway in lace weight. There are 1100 yards in the hank and should make a truly gorgeous shawl!

I did stop in at another delightful shop in Fish Creek, Red Sock Yarns. Unfortunately I was under attack by the mother of all migraines and had to exit the store hastily. When I get back to Door County, I intend to return to Red Sock Yarns and spend some time shopping...and perhaps even knitting!

Happy Knitting!

p.s. I found out that my name is listed among the exhibitors for the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon! I entered 3 photos and I'm not sure what may have made it through. Last year only 1 in 3 entries was exhibited, so I feel fortunate to have something hanging!


Caffeine Girl said...

Yikes, we're thinking of going to Door County in August and I had not realized it would challenge my yarn moritorium!

I'd never even heard of Claudia silk. It looks incredible!

I've been into warm colors, too. Maybe it's the hot summer we're having!

Permission to Unwind said...

That handpainted silk looks good enough to eat! What great fiber finds! Yay!

McVal said...

Good for you on the State fair photo! Clothing items get turned in this weekend.
Looking forward to seeing all the projects come fair time.
That yarn looks so soft and yummy!

Debbie said...

OK, so McVal told me I had to come over here so I have done so. I am in yarn jealousy. The Claudia silk looks lovely.