Am I done for the year?

The last couple of weeks have been a veritable yarn orgy in the Grump house.

Socks That FitFirst, the yarn from the Socks That Fit co-op arrived. If you haven’t seen Socks That Fit, you should check it out. Beth, the dyer, certainly knows her business. The yarns were absolutely gorgeous. In my defense, I must say that I bought my five skeins back before I knew any of this other stuff was going to happen.

We placed our Socks That Fit order weeks ago. Sometime after that, one of my knitting buddies suggested going to Heritage Arts in Grandview for a day of dying. It sounded like fun, and I had the day free. So why not?

My yarns, dryingWhen we got there, I decided to dye two skeins of Kraemer Sterling Silk and Silver, one for my daughter and one for me. My daughter wanted pink… Not just any pink, but screaming blind-you-with-its-brilliance pink. I thought I could do that. I wanted something that would be more Christmas-y. While I was at it, I decided to over-dye the center skein from the picture above. (It looks like peach, but it was more like burnt salmon. It wasn’t ugly, but it was NOT my color!)

The results far exceeded my hopes. The skein on the left is a mixture of teal, evergreen, and black. The pink skein on the right is a mixture of pink and fuchsia. Both colors are so nice! I’m calling the pink skein “Femme Fatale”. I’m calling the green skein “Oh Christmas Tree”.

I didn’t get a picture of the over-dyed skein while it was drying. After soaking, I hit it with some brownish-red (left over from Micki’s dying adventures) and brown. The dried result reminds me of autumn in Ohio, so that’s what I’ll call it.

Somewhere along the line, some crazy person (oh wait… That’s me!) got the great idea that it would be nice to get together with the Brooks Farm folks. Brooks Farm is located in Lancaster, Texas, which is about a half hour from here. A couple of our knitting group has asked them before if they could join us for an evening, but no one had received a positive response. On a whim, I emailed them one night to share my admiration (and that of my knitting pals) for their work.

Much to my surprise, Dena emailed back and said that she would like to get together with us. Since show season is coming up, I really wanted to accommodate their schedule. As luck would have it, their available date was tonight.

Brooks Farm YarnsMuch to my delight, the folks from Brooks Farm showed up with multiple baskets of yarny goodness and a willingness to sell it to us. I tell you that I couldn’t have been more surprised when I showed up a bit early to knitting to find them all set up with samples and everything. Some of my knitting friends were already going through the baskets to see what was available. I just had to join in! I purchased a skein of Acero and a skein of Mas Acero. (I’ll be posting pictures as soon as I have good daylight.)

I have to say that the people from Brooks Farm are absolutely fabulous. They were very curious about the things that we were knitting and interested in our dying adventure last weekend. I’m really impressed that people who are so talented are also so darn nice. They’re the kind of people that I’d like to have around even if they didn’t have yarn to sell.

Needless to say, I have a lot of yarn. I had lots before, but I have much, much more now. I really, really think I need to be done buying yarn for the year. Or find more time to knit. Or both.

If you want to see more yummy yarn pictures, click on any of the pictures in this post.  Before you do that though, you might want to grab a napkin.  In my experience, drool and electronics don’t mix!

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