So, with cashed in money in hand, off we went to Woolfest. (Ewan stayed home. Other sheep scare him. Frobisher stayed home too, but only cause he overslept, and missed his ride).
But then, as we wandered past the first row of stalls, a giant skein of blue Teeswater yarn caught my eye! 500g, all in one skein - that's a whole (smallish) cardigan, with no ends to weave in!
Hand-dyed yarn by Teeswater Wools from Higher Gills Farms
I didn't get a photo of it before I wound it up - but here's a picture of Frobisher playing with the giant ball of yarn that it turned into! Thanks to Claudia for sharing the 'human-swift' duties with me! (my wooden swift is in Ottawa). I think I will make this into BingeKnitter's Chloe cardigan...
I also decided that I wanted a 'real wool' jumper, in a natural brown wool colour... then I saw these colours and decided to make it a stripey jumper, à la Carolyn.
Pure Jacob Wool from Woodpark Wool, in Fawn and Dark Brown
I have since spoken to Lucy about it, and given all the sizing problems that she and others have had, I think I will forego the Carolyn pattern and do an EZ steeked cardigan instead... now, do I want a yoke neck, or a raglan? :)
After buying all our yarn, we were feeling a little tired (and broke!), so Claudia, Katya and I retreated to the show ring to knit. (we had kind of lost track of everyone else by then, but figured we'd meet up again after everyone was done indulging in fiber). As we sat there, we saw an auction for real, live, knitted sheep, and a display of various rare breeds of British sheep - and a few Alpacas!
What a great weekend! Can't wait to do it again next year!