Guess What?

Another Purl Scarf, That’s What!!!

I’m a’purling along like crazy with The Purl Scarf, almost an addiction…maybe, three Purl Scarves in two weeks?

purl scarf

2 hours, 3 swatches, one false start, and wa-la, I have a combo I finally like when actually knitted together.

Purl Scarves

I’m on a Purl Scarf Kick, since so many people have actually asked for a scarf this Christmas!
(Who knew that’s what they wanted, good thing I asked.)

The Purl Scarf is from a book I love called, “Last Minute Knitted Gifts” and everyone in the knitting realm should have one of these books.  IMHO.

purl scarf yarns
So, these turn out to be a cool thing for me to do, since I love putting different colors and textures together.
What’s that?  Something about how big my stash is???  SABLE, is my goal, and I think I am doing pretty good here…what do you think?  (SABLE= Stash Acquired Beyond Lifetime Expectancy)

Of course, there is more, in the closet, and in big totes piled up in the garage…you can’t have too much yarn, and do you know how much I’ve “inherited”?

Everyone that knows me gives me yarns from dear dead grandma or sister or aunt that never married or whatever.  Then there’s the swaps!  Don’t get me going!

That’s right, I am the Yarn Depository, bring me your sad, lonely yarns, I will give them a good home:)
stash drawers

In my defense, it comes in handy in times like making these Purl Scarves…where you need three different yarns that somehow come together in a magical way.

Cascade Alpaca Farm & Yarn

Spotted leaving the yarn shop with a bag in hand!

What’s that you got there Chris?

Some yarn? huh? huh?  Say, You’re not Fondling that Yarn are ya?

Oh No!  He fell in love with the Joseph Galler Peruvian Tweed!

Another Vest!  Not Another Vest!  NOOOOOO!!!!

Some vest swatching.  By Christmas?

Oh… yeah, I get it, you’re making a joke, right????

(Peals of maniacal laughter fade into the background….)

Lavender Sheep Yarns

Hand dyed alpaca lace in the “Truffle” colorway. Isn’t it beautiful?

I purchased this cone of 8/2 tencel thinking I would hold it together with the Truffle to make this shawl.

What do you think?  I just love putting colors together!

Lisa Souza Yarns

This was Lisa’s first year at OFFF and since she is from California, we thought it would be good to fondle her beautiful hand-dyed yarns personally.

Of course, this caused us to come home with a few.

( They followed us home! Really! Double pinkie swear it! )


(Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock)

First stop is BMFA, Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth.

We each pick a hank and Vi gets both of the Yarn Harlot’s new baby sweater patterns, “Baby Mine and Baby Yours”.

Winding is provided by the PDX Bloggers, who understand the need to sit down and begin knitting once hanks of beautiful hand dyed yarn are acquired!

Now Vi feels the need, the need to cast on and knit an adorable baby sweater.

I went and fetched her a cup of water and got her set up with yarn, needles, pattern, etc before joining Joanne in the galleries.

When you go to OFFF

Yarn is acquired, all kinds of yarn and animals are looked at, and other “neat stuff” is gawked at or bought.

Vi is ready to start a new baby sweater after she visits the first hand dyed yarn booth at OFFF.

What is OFFF?

Why its the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival held the last weekend of September every year at Canby in the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

It is all about Fiber baby!  Its a Fiber Fest!

Its yarn, roving, spinning and the accessories to help you do it all.

Its demonstrations and workshops taught by famous people in the world of fiber.

Its a contest and display gallery of spinning, knitting and felting.

Its cute animals in contests, for sale or for you to see and pet.

Here is a sheep the was bleating the entire time Joanne and I were in the barn.  When I finally saw which one it was making all that noise I snapped a pix to remember him/her by.

A  pair of llamas:  this one kept making little “pphhht” noises and I commerserated with him/her for having to be stuck there with people looking at him/her all day.

Some alpacas, they look like they are telling each other secrets.

And the newest, cutest animals added to OFFF this year were the bunnies!

such fluffy cuteness is difficult to resist!

and of course, the classic bunny; white with pink!

and if all that were not enough cuteness for you…we have the little lambs!

Hold Still so I can take your pix!  These guys are pretty curious.

Their owner told me they escaped their pen earlier and caused all manner of havoc.

In the next pen over we have these lambs which are content to rest.  It was far easier to snap their pix.

Bliss is a good yarn sale!

I found all three in the sale bin for a mere $7 bucks!

I have a bunch of this in my stash already, and will probably make a cardigan from the top down working with this lighter color around the yoke and moving onto the the wine color for the rest of it.  That way, I can get the best use of my yardage.  Now that I think about it, a Bohus technique would work very nicely to transition through my three colors of pink to wine.

Henley Tee

Or the New and Improved Henley Tee. I decided to rip back the arms as the whole thing was way too heavy and I had no confidence that Chris would actually wear the thing with long sleeves.

Chris, the guy who seldom wears a coat in the middle of a winter, Chris who doesn’t even own a real sweater…because he’s a sweatshirt type of guy.

So after much internal debate on my part (because I had the sleeve on one side done and past the elbow on the other side) I ripped it back and re-measured him for a tee shirt sleeve instead.

Now they are both done and I have a zillion ends to weave in and the collar and button placket to pick up and knit. Getting pretty close to being done…just don’t remind me how long this has taken.

So now I will have some yarn left-over.

Three or maybe four skeins of 2nd Time Cotton in Beluga Blue and was thinking maybe I could make me the Aibhlinn Cowl?

Only Chris claims the yarn is his and thinks he needs another vest.  If we supplement it with some additional yarn that is.  (Groan, Rats and other words inserted here!) Now do you see why I have a stash problem?

A SABLE problem? (Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy)

It starts out all innocent, like this, with a few leftovers and the next thing you know…if you had a few more you could make this. or this. oh and he likes this one too!

Malabrigo Loafers Pattern

I gave up on my previous three attempts to make Momcat some soft footie socks and will try this instead.

This is Cocoknits Malabrigo Loafers and they look like slip-on penny loafers…only knit in two strands of malabrigo together.

For those of you non-knitters out there, malabrigo is the softest, yummiest, finest kettle dyed merino wool and just one strand would be delightful. So try to imagine the best thing ever twice over:)

Did I mention Yummy?


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