Yarn discovery 2011 (#3)
Another 2011 yarn discovery. I found oodles of yarn in Williston, Vermont. I was in Vermont to visit family, but of course I had to scout out at least one yarn shop. The Northeast Fiber Arts Center calls itself a “candy store for knitters, weavers & spinners,” and that is definitely just what it is.
I can’t begin to tell you about the wide selection of yarns I saw there, but a few things stood out and caught my attention.
The first thing that caught my eye was a pair of felted boots. Yes, boots made out of wool. What really amazed me when I took a closer look is that these were KNITTED and fulled, not cut out and sewn together or molded to shape from felt made out of loose fiber. I posted a picture on my FaceBook page some time ago, and you can find out more about the boots on the “Kits” page of their website (link below).
What really grabbed me though will be no surprise to anyone who knows me at all: a collection of hand-dyed yarns. I started talking to the shop clerk about the yarns, and she pulled out some brand new colors for me to look at. I almost fainted becasue they were an exact match for the trees outside, the fall colors peaking in a firery display of reds, oranges and golds, with a few bits of green remaining around the edges. I knew I had to have this collection of yarn to commemorate this trip and to celebrate Vermont because it has always been my favorite state.
The yarn I got is fingering-weight superwash merino, labelled with the Northeast Fiber Arts Center brand. I’m going to make a fall colors shawl to wear next fall, but first I have to chart this stitch from Barbara Walker’s second treasury. Isn’t it perfect?
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