Well Fibre East didn’t disappoint. Last year we had fantastic weather and a brilliant day, and this year was the same. I took a small gang with me – three of my best yarn friends – and we had a great time fondling yarn and chatting to the stall holders. I got to help out very briefly on the Unbelievawool stand, and I was so pleased to chat to Nicola from Fleabubs, Sue Stratford from the Knitting Hut, Lisa from For the Love of Yarn and Phyllis from Rosebuds and Rainbows. I also managed to get some yarn from some new folk, and chatted to Lola from Third Vault Yarns for ages whilst I dithered over 2 skeins of the most beautiful DK merino / silk mix I had seen (I resisted – my stash is out of control as you know – but I will be ordering it online at some point I am pretty sure).
So on my shopping list this year was a new shawl pin, some more ‘manly’ coloured sock yarn (ready for Christmas presents) and some red yarn, as I love deep dark reds but have very few in my stash. As you can see from the picture above, I overachieved this year so I was pretty pleased with my haul. The picture at the top of the blog post shows part of the most amazing Art Blank from Fleabubs – too fabulous to resist.
Verity from Truly Hooked was there but I was a bit too shy to chat to her this time, but her new sock book was on proud display. When I got home my own copy of it, that I had pre-ordered, was waiting for me and it looks fantastic. I have already picked which pair I want to try first, and so I will have to pack it in my holiday bag, along with a nice skein of sock yarn.
Talking of socks, in the car to and from Fibre East (and at the show too, if I am honest) I was knitting another pair of Easy Peezy socks, but this time using up some yarn that I dyed myself at the Devon Sun Yarns retreat I went to last November. I learned how to heather yarn, and the result was this purple and grey mix. So I thought it might look pretty in a pattern like this and sure enough it does. I don’t think any of the yarn dyers are in any danger from me, but I am a little bit proud of them, even though the light in here doesn’t quite show off the colours. What do you think?