Today was one of the few days in the year when you can fondle yarn in large quantities in Wellington (unless you go to a yarn store).
It was the annual Wonders of Wool market day at the Wellington Underground Market. And all my knitting dreams came true!
This is my haul:
Would you like a closer look?
I have been looking for this exact shade of yarn for a shawl for a while now:
I’ve been fantasizing about a shawl in shades of burnt terracotta, and I found it: Little Wool Company 40% silk, 30% mohair and 30% wool. Fingering weight (4ply). In the Topaz colourway. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it. Woo hoo!! Best of all, it has a pretty silk slub through it – just perfect! :D
Next, I found this:
This is the twin to the pretty Lime colourway I showed you a couple of weeks ago. It’s fingering weight, pure wool. All 200g (8oz) of absolute loveliness. This is the Iris colourway. More of its beauty:
How could I say no? *Happy sigh*. Ah Anna Gratton, you are a dyeing goddess!
Some of you I know are itching to see more of this:
This is the very accurately named Aqua colourway. It’s more Little Wool Company pure wool, in chunky weight (12 ply). Each skein a humongous 300gm (10oz) baby of delight. I got enough to make me a pretty cardigan. Very, very, happy. If you live in Alaska, I’m told that there is a lot of this colourway from Little Wool Co. in certain yarn stores there…
The other thing I’ve been craving to find (thanks to a very famous person blogging about self-striping rainbow socks… (no link required!)) was self-striping rainbow yarn. And yes, here I found some!!!!
I was very, very excited to find this pretty Kauni baby. It may not be New Zealand yarn, but I really don’t care. It’s rainbow.self-striping.yarn. This came from Yarnz, who specialise in importing yarn into New Zealand.
Finally, the person I’d come most to see: James of Fibre Alive. Here is my haul of his very lovely sock yarn:
From left to right: Festival, Captain, Caramel Delight and Sweet Navel.
Again, I had plans to knit the orange and brown together into a shawl. However, I have Anna’s pretty Topaz, so I might do something else with it. Now that it’s winter, I’ve realised I need to knit more squishy hand-knit socks for me.
James is one of the sweetest people I know. Some of you will know that he has now closed his online shop, and today was probably the last time that you could buy his yarn (for a while anyway). Hence the rather large purchase. Eric (son) kept trying to put more yarn into the basket, but I had to stop. Had to save some funds for other purchases! I could easily have bought up the entire stock of sock yarn that he had left…
James has plans for other fibery endeavours, and today he admitted he wasn’t quite sure he could give up the dyeing thing entirely. Selfishly, I am rather glad. I love his colourways, and I will definitely be a happy customer when he comes back with new product. For the time being, he is going to take a wee break and concentrate his time on a project he has been wanting to get to. It sounds very exciting! At least I have enough of his yarn to see me through for a while… hehe.
There were quite a few other yarn people there, but my budget was already over-spent with those purchases, so with the boys in tow, I practically ran out of the market in an effort not to buy any more yarn!
Driving home was a little dodgy. My head was so full of fibery happiness that the largest boy had to tell me to go at the lights (ahem) and remind me to drive to a friend’s house to drop off some knitting!