Some people are blessed with a virtue called Restraint. I however, am not one of those people.
I know that I have a rather embarrassingly large stash, with more yarn than I could knit in this lifetime, despite the various attempts at culling the herd by giving yarn away, and in some cases, force it upon unsuspecting knitters like Hilari *snickering*. This does not keep me from enhancing said stash, and even adding items to it without any specific plan. And I refuse to feel guilty!
I drove up to Torrence with Wendy to head to the Southern California HandWeavers Guild Weaving and Spinning Festival - and her company was fabulous as usual. We started out bright and early at 8:30 and met up with MJ and Susan at a coffee shop around the corner from the Festival. MJ demonstrated her graceful ballerina like way with the drop spindle, and check out the cute shoes she has on! Err I mean look how lovely the spindle is - don't you want one too?
Since no gathering is complete without caffeine and sugar...
... there was indeed a bit going around.
Thus fortified with with food and drink we headed on to the Fiber Fest which encompassed two rooms at the Torrence Civic Center. Probably a half dozen vendors of note, but most were relatively mediocre. One of the rooms smelled a bit like my Grandmother's closet or moth balls. There was an abundence of rather musty yarn, but there also was some really lovely hand painted fibers as well as yarn from a couple of booths. We ran into Julia of Mind of Winter also - she managed to get her hands on some pretty yummy spinning fiber.
Since I don't have enough fiber to spin already *snort* I got 8 2.0 oz balls of lovely hand painted BFL in a sort of pansy colorway. (ignore the dog feet)
I'm not sure how that will be spun up - I'm thinking maybe a slubby thick and thin yarn. I haven't had much experience with that and I'm thinking that style will make the most of the variation in color. Spun a wee bit of it up in lace weight singles and its rather unimpressive. And to round out my purchases of the day...
Some loverly fine hand carders from Strauch (112s for those who are curious) for the bags of raw alpaca I have, 3 skeins of some hand painted sock yarn, hand crafted soap and a couple of books. Not totally crazy, but certainly not needed, but still... needed.
And if you've never seen the way a Boxer looks while begging for pot pie crust? Voila.
You try resisting that face - I cant.