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I went to NH and all I got was this lousy...

I went to NH and all I got was a pile of yarn. Life's tough, eh?

There may have been a lot going on at the Knit & Crochet conference, held this weekend in Manchester, NH, but I was there for the fiber, and the fiber at Maple Creek Farms booth, in particular.

As soon as they opened the doors, I made a beeline to the Maple Creek booth with the sincerest hope of getting some more of their merino/cotton blend yarn, which, as I have mentioned at least eleventy billion times, is absolutely scrumptious.

I learned immediately, in talking with the dyer directly, her supplier isn't making the 60% merino, 40% pima cotton anymore. I gushed so much disappointment she must have thought me a little touched with the crazy.

I didn't walk away empty handed, though. I purchased two skeins of the same colorway as my scarf, PA fall, in a worsted/bulky merino, and two skeins of the merino/cotton in a pale red colorway.

This vendor's yarn bases, for both of the yarns I purchased, are phenomenal; the slubs and variations are as endearing as the yarn is velvety to the touch, even this worsted/bulky merino:

I can't wait to see what she'll have for Rhinebeck in October.

No matter how hard I tried to limit my purchases to yarns I couldn't get online, I found myself picking up some old and new friends, such as Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock:

Madelinetosh sock:

Dream in Color Baby laceweight:

I have ogled that Daffodil colorway of the LL an untold number of times over the past year. It's been a love/Ugh! relationship from the beginning. It's so vibrant and bossy and who knows if I'll actually ever knit with it, but I want it to be mine, all mine, and now it is.

I finished up at the Tess' Designer Yarns. I was convinced I was done with the yarn buying as I tread the perimeter of the booth. Of course I was dead wrong (fancy that?) I just couldn't say no to this scruptious 100% merino sock/baby yarn, in a color reminiscent of a pale artichoke:

And then I fell head over heels in love with this heavenly fingerweight 50% silk/50% merino, Silk & Ivory. I picked up two 675 yard skeins of it.

I have already caked up one of the two skeins of the Silk & Ivory and was immediately compelled to knit a half swatch. I had originally thought this would make a beautiful shawl, but the swatch changed my mind. A shawl would get intermittent wear, at most, and this yarn begs to be worn as often as is possible. A sweater it must be. Hopefully I'll have enough yardage.


Knitting Kris said…
I was powerless to resist the Tess Designer Yarns too, even with the crazy crowds that surround her booth.
You managed to snag some great yarn! I hope I get to see it in person......
Three cheers for Lorna's Laces! I'm knitting socks with that now. I forget how much I like that yarn!
Nell said…
So, so, so pretty!!!! Good choices. And NH must be so nice this time of year.
Shannon said…
Great yarn score. Everything is so wonderful...I cannot pick a favorite.