Now, to the yarn-crazy, such an event is a recipe for extreme over-excitement.
I was particularly glad of the opportunity to catch-up with the super Anna Gratton of Little Wool Co., and all her wonderful woolly offerings. With her permission, here are some pics of the yarn she was displaying today:
I (ahem) made a few purchases:
You may not believe this, but I did have a budget and these purchases were pre-planned (note the relative colour uniformity of purchases. I’m having a bit of a green and purple phase.) This precluded me from buying this particularly mouth-watering 4 ply (fingering) offering in a blend of merino, angora and silk:
Oh luscious hank of gorgeousness, I shall acquire you next time though, bwahahahahhah!
If you visit Anna’s website, you will not see any pictures of yarn. But above is an example of the breathtaking yarn that she produces and brings along to craft events of this sort. Anna regularly attends local fibrecraft events and other craft markets such as Dunkleys, so this is the place to find her if you’d like to touch, feel and sniff all for yourself. If you do want to see the colours of the yarn on her site, she will happily send you sample cards of the yarns you want to see.
I also saw Tash Barneveld, of Knitsch, and stood in front of her mouth-watering array of sock yarns for ages before I could decide on this which I will transform into a pair of colourwork mittens for a young madam:
Unfortunately, I lost my head to total sensory overload at this point, and got a pathetic case of camnesia – otherwise I would show you the other very pretty colours on offer. Have a look at her website to see what I was drooling over. Connie was particularly hard to resist. I’m still not sure why I didn’t buy a hank.
A few of you will know that Tash has recently opened a very exciting yarn store of her own, called Holland Road Yarn Company. I’ve seen a few blog posts about her shop already, which I link to here and here and here and here and here.
I haven’t managed to get there yet (mainly because I stupidly chose to go on the day she’s not open), but I’m particularly looking forward to seeing her line of worsted-weight yarn when it’s done. There’s also a rumour that Malabrigo will be in store soon… I won’t go on – the posts I’ve linked to will give you a very good taste of what’s on offer.
Tash’s kind of yarn store has been a long time coming in Wellington. As you can see from the posts, there are more than a few very excited knitters out there, happy to have a hip local hang-out at last. I’m looking forward to visiting!
Back to the fibrecraft event, look at the cute “entry ticket”! I chose this fuschia from the selection of beautifully crocheted flowers all artfully created by fibrecraft members:
It was an inspirational and wonderful event to attend and I met some very lovely people. I really ought to get out more.