Greg's comment was right--I've worn a scarf again, and of the myriads of people my path has crossed today not one has fallen over in wonder, dread, or fear. I didn't feel self-conscious today--this small scarf is made of a lovely lightweight cotton with some metallic threads. Do you notice how well it coordinates with Shadow's collar? I'm thinking of going to Dharma Trading, where you can purchase undyed woven cotton scarves and dye. I'll make scarves to go with my favorite sweaters. What do you, the viewer at home, think? You have all been so supportive, I just know you are going to say, "Do it, Janine!"
Yesterday I went to Stitches West Market, where I had a great time wandering the aisles and fondling different fibers. There were skeins of Buffalo that were beyond soft (and beyond my budget). The hemp sweaters at Lanaknits were very tempting--I know that there is one in my future. They feel like linen but softer, yet not as soft as cotton. I like a little oomph to my yarns! There were lots of seductive multi-color yarns, too many to list--LaLana, Tess, Oak Grove, Chasing Colors, Interlacements...
I had a chance to tell Cheryl Oberle how much I admire her designs and yarn, and to introduce myself to Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin Off (I didn't tell her I am a feral knitter; we'd only just met). I also visited with the editor of Wild Fibers magazine.
This magazine is a labor of love, written for people who raise fiber animals, or who process fibers, or who just love learning about them (the animals, the fibers, or the people, for those of you picky about the antecendents of pronouns!). The most recent issue focuses on yaks--raising them in the US, their role in Tibetan culture, and their fiber. I double-dare you to read this issue and not long for a yak of your own.
I then worked at the Deep Color booth for a few hours. This was tremendously fun! I got to visit with people who are interested in spinning, natural dyes, and felting--in other words, my kind of people! I came home with this:
A huge pile of Polwarth roving that changes color over every 4-ounce stretch!
Emily found me at the booth--I got to see her new Aranganser in person! Sad to say, though, I didn't see any Fair Isle knitting, traditional or feral, in the market. Those of us who aren't afraid of small size needles need to stand up and be counted.
I'm making progress on my Tomten for the Dulaan Project! It glows--the orange and pink yarn was dyed with Kool-Aid without attempting to even out the color, so it has a mottled effect (well, nicer than "mottled" really). And I'm enjoying tossing in a slipped stitch row whenever I please.