Posted by: loungekitten | May 9, 2009

Maryland Sheep and Wool – The Yarn

It has been rainy and cloudy around here since the beginning of the month!  Yesterday was the first sunny day in a long time.  These photos, however, were taken this past Wednesday.  I experimented a little bit with my new camera – I finally learned how to use the zoom and macro features!  Here are the things I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool!

The first yarn purchase of the day was from Serendipity Farm & Studio.  This booth was just down the aisle from The Fold’s booth, which is where we left ReadsnKnits (rav link) so she could peruse the Socks That Rock sock yarn available.  Roralee and I ended up at this booth, where I bought a cone of heavy lace weight or light sock weight yarn.  The magenta color has proven to be impossible to capture on camera:

Magenta Lace Weight Wool

Magenta Lace Weight Wool

I see a shawl from Victorian Lace Today to be made with this yarn – one of the simpler ones with a simple all-over pattern, perhaps.  Roralee got the deal of the day from this booth, but since it was her score I’ll have to let her post about it.

Green Mountain Spinnery was in the next barn, which Roralee and I headed into while ReadsnKnits shopped at The Fold.  Here, I splurged on 2 skeins of sock yarn.  The first was their Forest sock yarn – a blend of 70% wool and 30% Tencel.

Green Mountain Spinnery Forest

Green Mountain Spinnery Forest

The second sock yarn that I bought was their Meadow sock yarn.  This yarn is a 50% super fine kid mohair, 50% fine wool:

Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow

Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow

Then Roralee and I headed to the barn, in order to meet janpaisley (Rav link) and ReadsnKnits.  Unfortunately, they had entered from the end opposite the entrance we entered.  So we shopped up the aisle until we met them.  I was stationary, since I was buying a ton of yarn from Shelridge Farm:

Shelridge Farm W4 Silver

Shelridge Farm W4 Silver

Shelridge Farm W4 Onyx

Shelridge Farm W4 Onyx

The reason I bought this yarn?  Well, I’ve wanted to make Chic Knits’ Ribby Pulli in the same yarn as the model – the grey and black one with the scoop neck, that is.  Well, after some research I discovered that it was this yarn.  And it is such a soft yarn, I will love wearing this sweater – once I get down to making it!

Then, just across the way from the Shelridge Farm booth was Ellen’s Half-Pint Farm booth.  I wanted to buy a skein of yarn from here, and here’s what I got:

Ellen's Half-Pint Sock Yarn

Ellen's Half-Pint Sock Yarn

The yarn is 50% wool and 50% tencel.  I love the sheen this yarn has!  I think I am going to make a scarf out of this yarn.

Next stop up the aisle was at Spirit-Trail Fiberworks.  Of course I had to buy some yarn from here, and I bought a matching skein of yarn for a member of our group who could not make it to the fair.  The yarn is Brigit, a 100% superwash merino sock yarn:

Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigit

Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigit

I thought that this colorway was not on their website, but I was mistaken.  Oh, well, whenever I think I want something from their website it seems as though everything I want is not available, anyway!

At this point in the day, I did a few mental calculations, and I knew I still had a good chunk of money left in my budget, but I also knew that it was dwindling rapidly, so I slowed down after the Spirit Trail booth.  As we went up the next aisle, I saw a new vendor booth and stopped there to sample their wares.  The lotion at the booth was great, but despite my dry, dry, skin I do have an abundance of lotion at home.  Their soaps smelled great and since there was a deal on the soaps, Roralee took one variety (the Rosemary Mint shampoo variety) and I got two:

Goats Milk Soaps

Goats Milk Soaps

These soaps are really fragrant.  When we left them in the car after our picnic lunch, the scent permeated the whole car so when we got back at the end of the day it was pretty strong.

The last yarn purchase I made at the festival was probably my favorite thing:

Y.O.U.T.H Program Yarn

Y.O.U.T.H Program Yarn

This yarn is dyed by a youth program that helps youths by teaching them about agriculture, crafts and gardening.    The participants in the program are the ones who dyed the yarn – they pick the colorways, how long the dye stays on the yarn, etc.  Whoever did this one did a great job!  Yard-for-yard it’s probably the most expensive yarn I bought at the festival, but I love it and the money goes to a good cause.  The yarn itself is a worsted weight wool and mohair blend.  It will make a nice hat-and-scarf set for this winter.

And my final purchase was a plum tomato plant, Juliet:

Juliet Plum Tomato Plant

Juliet Plum Tomato Plant

Hopefully, the weather will be good on Monday and I can plant it in the ground!  Juliet’s already grown a lot more that what you see in this picture!

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