Yesterday, I went to the Frank Kitts Market for the first time. I’d previously not bothered going to this weekly craft market because from what I’d heard it was mostly handcrafts.
A few days ago a very helpful Raveler posted that the Frank Kitts Market was promoting a focus on wool this week. Aarrgh! I had a birthday party to take my son to that day! But wait a minute… party being held on the waterfront… market is on the waterfront… party ends before market ends… yes!!! I can go! Brwahahaha!
I said to the young Mstr. as we entered… “we’re just looking, not going to buy”. Famous last words. Of course, the moment I found the yarn, my resolve melted like butter in a hot pan. For there, in all their glory, were three of Wellington’s leading yarnies!!! It was fantastic to see yarns that are normally relatively inaccessible for me – especially Joy of Yarn (based in the Wairarapa region), and Maude & me (who normally sells on etsy).
I hadn’t seen Joy of Yarn‘s own line of yarn, Fibre Alive, before. James has sourced commercially spun, 4 ply (fingering), 100% super twisted New Zealand merino, and hand-dyed it into 100g hanks of gorgeous, gorgeous colours. There were colourways that were suitable for all genders and ages. I fell in love with a colourway called Plasticine. For some reason, it makes me all happy every time I look at it. I had to exercise great restraint – if I’d bought all the colourways I liked, quite a few more skeins would have found their way into my bag.
I got an up-close-and-personal with Knitsch‘s (chunky) 12 ply 100% merino…. and of course a hank had to come home with me.
I also saw Maude & me‘s yarn in person for the first time. Oh my gosh! Kerching! A divinely gorgeous hank of DK weight, handspun, hand-dyed Polwarth came home with us.
What interested me was that all the hand-dyers out there have such unique taste in colours. So it’s possible to go from stall to stall without ever seeing a single repeat in colourway! Quite amazing.
All in all, it was a very profitable outing from my learning/pleasure point of view, and certainly helped to brighten up a dreary, wet, winter afternoon. 🙂
Sigh. I love yarn. 🙂