Flash the Stash: Yarn from OFFF

Or should I say stuff we hauled home from the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival?

This year I went both days;  one day with my prodigy newbie knitter, Tina, and another day with the DH.  Tina had such fun, she wished she could come back the next day.

I somehow managed to only pull my camera out once, and took only one picture over two days. So, mostly, I have pix of the stuff we came home with.

This is Nadine, from the PDX Knitbloggers booth, holding up her Sivia Hardings “Heart to Heart” shawl, seen in better detaialhere.

I say we, because, DH is very fond of  BMFA STR (or Blue Moon Fiber Arts,  Socks That Rock yarn)  and he bought some of his own yarn…although I am the one expected to knit it.

This is also one of the Rare Gems color-ways that Tina dyes up when she wants to experiment with her dyes and colors…they are a one of kind, non repeatable color-ways.  Curiously, neither Chris, nor I have ever come home with any Rare Gems before, even though we’ve made numerous purchases from Blue Moon over the years.

Next up is a bundle of yarns from Abstract Fiber called appropriately “Colorwork”.  Apparently a bunch of them bundled up different color-ways and named them rather whimsically late the night before OFFF.  My bundle was labeled, “Scuba Diving in the Coral Reef”.    I love the saturation and richness of Abstract Fiber’s colors, and have a plan in mind for this bundle.

These colors reminded my of one of my favorites:  Koi Pond, which has all these colors in it all merged together.

Of course, I had to visit Lisa Souza’s booth, and there I picked up some beautiful light colored yarns for Vi.

This is Lisa Souza, Sock!  in the Mother of Pearl color-way

and this is Ice, Ice, Baby, a really light and icy blue.

Of course I had to get some more Lo-Lo Bars, here is a pix from last time:

This year we also picked up a couple of their new travel packs as well as some Lo-Lo Bars.  I love this product and have it placed strategically all over the house and in my knitting bag (which, of course, is with me at all times).

Some new stuff I picked up this year was this beautiful blackberry wine colored yarn from a new(er) dyer out there:

There is enough of this to make a sweater, if I can figure out which sweater and how.

And lastly, I dashed between the raindrops to pick up some Stitch Jones:

Top is the “Quince Blossom”  color-way and bottom is a new one she dyed up per Gail’s request, called “Rocky Mt. High”.  Gail was trying to evoke the colors she saw when flying over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

During the month of October, Sharon, of Stitch Jones is donating a portion of all sales of pink yarns and fibers to the Koman Foundation for the Awareness of Breast Cancer.  So, if you were thinking about getting some, now is good!

Now, I have some serious knitting to do!

Woobu Cardi Progress

Still knitting on this, still love the yarn and the colorway.

woobu cardi

Some may remember when it was about to the waist, and I ripped back about six inches and added a Simple Eyelet Stitch pattern instead.  I’ve just about got that six inches knit back up and am much happier with the look, which echos the yarnovers on the raglan sleeve shaping.


Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Woobu, Bleck colorway.

Size 6 needle

Knitting Pure and Simple Summer Cardigan

BMFA Blankie

What do you do with about six different STR (Socks That Rock) yarns that Somebody picked out at various places and times?
and that Somebody doesn’t knit?
but that Somebody has Ideas?

Well, A Knitter can cave under all that pressure.  I’m sure.  Because I caved.
Here is the result.  But that is all I am knitting!

Four squares just to see how it looks.  That is it!  No More!

Because I have to finish the Log Cabin Afghan…and so many other things it hurts my head to think about it.

So, I am going to stuff this back into the sock yarn drawer, and ignore its Siren Calls.

Yep, I am NOT Going to Listen.


BMFA Blankie

Woobu Cardi

What I do when I am not test knitting.

Knit a mindless, stockinette stitch cardigan from the top down, in the most deliciously soft yarn.

woobu cardi

Yes,  its another BMFA yarn, and yes, I have this colorway in another yarn already, and no, I didn’t need it.
Not exactly.   But my sister says you can never have too many cardigans.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts ” Woobu”  is a wool and bamboo blend yarn in the “Bleck” color way.

It is a color nearly impossible to take an accurate picture of, and also difficult to describe.  Its kinda a greyish, purplish color, a color I call “Dove Grey”.

And Blue Moon calls it “Bleck”,  which  I like to  imagine comes from looking out the window in the middle of Febuary and seeing yet more rain, steadily falling on a gray day in the Pacific Northwest.  And then you say, “Bleck”.

Checkerboard Scarflette

Here’s my latest!

I tried a new pattern for the kind that goes just around the collar of your coat.   I used BMFA Peru in Stormy Weather, and began it when I finished Purl Scarf # 3 while at Twisted’s Open Crafting Night.

After knitting with the Peru for maybe an inch, I announced to everyone in the group that I wanted to knit with Peru forever and never use another yarn!
BMFA Peru is yummy yarn at its yummiest:)

BMFA Peru and I have lots left for more Yummy Knitting:)

Now I just need to go over to Vi’s and dig thru her button tins.  This thing needs three buttons on the end.

Sweets for the Sweet Hat

The first project with the Blue Moon De-stash yarns is done!
Chris asked for another Canadian Winter Hat, just like the very first hat I made him.

With the i-cords and tassels?
Yes, with the i-cord and tassels, just like before.

sweets hat

Since the pattern involves bulky wt yarn, I used three strands of STR held together (and nearly killed my wrist) to achieve gauge.
The yarn colorways are named “Gingerbread Dude” and “Mudslide” like the cookie and the pie, so I dubbed it the “Sweets Hat”.



Gingerbread Dude

Gingerbread Dude

It’s appropriate don’t you think?

Dexter in the yarn pile

Dexter climbed into the middle of the yarn pile as I was photographing the haul and began “kneading” the skeins.

Proof that BMFA is irresistable!

BMFA De-Stash

Guess where I was yesterday????
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Annual De-Stash Barn Sale held in the lovely town of  Scappoose, Oregon!

Jeff, Chris, Vi and myself drove up together and we all had a great time.

Vi sat and knitted, Chris wandered around talking to people, I collected great piles of yarn, while Jeff drove around the area looking at the countryside.

After Jeff finished his tour of the country side, he came back and joined us all for coffee/tea and donuts and visiting.  The gals were busy winding yarns like mad, so I waited until I got back home to start winding some of the stash, since I brought home the entire take for the day.   Meaning, Vi, Joanne, Chris and my own yarns.

Then we drove into St. Helen’s and ate at Dockside Steak & Pasta (which was yummy:) and went for a little stroll down on the docks.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, with blue skies and  little bits of white clouds. Various boats cruised by from kayaks to sailboats and a few people fished off the dock.

And did I take pictures of all this?  Why No.  Because I left the camera at home.  I tried taking some from my cellphone camera and now I  can’t figure out how to get them off of their and onto the computer.  I have a sneaking suspicion that it will involve buying something.  Pooh!

BMFA yarn pile

Holly Day Whirled Shawl

Up Next:

I took this shawl off the needles so I could see if it wrapped around to the front enough…since I am basically making this thing up as I go.  It appears to be working out so far.

Holly Day Whirled Shawl

It looks like it will do a nice job of sitting around Vi’s shoulders and  arms to keep her warm while she sits knitting in her favorite chair at home.

Now to finish this thing.  I wonder if I should bring it to the BMFA De-Stash Sale?  Would they  be interested in what a person can do with one skein of their STR besides making socks with it?

Hollyday Whirled Shawl

Onward to the next Hollyday knit!   I named it Hollyday Whirled because BMFA has named the colorway Hollyday and I think the Holidays are a Whirl of activities.  So, Hollyday Whirled Shawl.

This one is for Vi, and I am following a swirl ruffle pattern I’ve used as edging before and seeing how that turns out.  I may need to stop the over leaning direction by doing some bias knitting on it at some point…we’ll see.


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