Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Kind of Spa

Recently I went to Spa, Knit and Spin, New England Textile Arts' version of Woodstock.  The purpose of "Spa" is to commune with like-minded folk (three hotels worth, plus daytrippers).  There was some amazing yarn available from the vendors, notably Sereknity, Starcroft, and of course, Ball and SkeinMary Jane was my partner in not crime.  It's amazing how little damage we do together.  Tamara, on the other hand, was unstoppable, even after she asked us to stop her. 

I scored some light worsted merino from Ball and Skein that is slated for my next design, called Fannie Fouche.  Remember the ladies that had hankies tucked in their sleeves?  They are the inspiration for this design, perfectly suited for a sweater clip as well.  

So I recharged with beloved friends, and met some new ones too.  Some of the new ones felt like old ones, thanks to the online community.  Stitchy McYarnpants and I discussed leg hair somewhere around the 45 second mark after being introduced. 

I had been skipping along happily with my latest design, dubbed Eileen Mary after my Mother-in-Law.  Cascade Eco + is a lovely lofty wool with depth of color.  Well, it was all skippy, happy, lovely until one of my balls of Eco disappeared.  Into thin air.  Eco comes in huge hanks, so I only needed two of them.  I hand wound center pull balls as big as pumpkins. 

So I ordered more, and now I have enough to knit something else huge.  And if I'm ever reunited with ball #1, well, who knows.


sadie said...

Losing a ball of ECO? Sort of like losing a Hubbard squash. You probably put it someplace that would make perfect sense on a senseless day.
Your new design looks lovely too. Almost finished my Lorna Suzanne, and can't wait for the next pattern.I go to a Sunday market that has retro, odd, and antique offerings( I got a chicken pox quarantine sign there ) . There is a woman this week who is bringing me her collection of sweater clips to choose from. My head may explode from the anticipation!

craftivore said...

Ah the Spa, I'm jealous that you stayed overnight. I managed to escape with only one skein of Sereknity and a JessaLu project bag. Lorna is gorgeous and I'm sure will appeal since Eco is a great and affordable yarn. I was very impressed with your sweaters hanging at Ball and Skein, you are turning into a powerhouse designer. The wanted/lost ad for the Eco is hysterical.

yarnophiliac said...

It was fabulous getting to know you! It was an amazing Spa, wasn't it? I love, love, love the new sweater design...we have to tawk, girlfriend. :)

Brenda said...

Both these designs are fabulous. I love the retro look and Cascade Eco makes it a fast knit, I'm sure.

lisa said...

looking forward to the pattern for Eileen Mary - love the sweater!

Anonymous said...

I have that ball of yarn!!!! It was left in the suite after the cocktail party and I didn't know who it belonged too...now you really have alot of that yarn...I'll keep it safe!