Two weekends ago, I headed over to Asheville for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. I wanted to go last year, but something interrupted plans. This year I almost missed my chance yet again because I was sick, but I persevered!
Boy, did I ever persevere...
And I came back with a haul that I should probably be ashamed of. My yarn bounty filled an entire Baggu bag (with a very event-appropriate goat pattern). Here's what came home with me:
Four skeins of Bijou Basin Ranch Himalayan Trail in a selection of their newly-released Outlander-inspired colorways: (from left) Thistle, Claret, Mo Crihdhe, and Lallybroch. Himalayan Trail is a 75/25 yak down and merino fiber blend. Believe me, I could've taken the entire line home. The colors were so clear and bright! These are just begging to be made into a comfy shawl or cowl.
I also did some damage at the Miss Babs booth where I was one of about forty people intent on touching just about everything available before making a decision. I'd heard of her Leftie sets meant to be used with Martina Behm's Leftie shawl pattern; I knew I had to walk away with one. Turns out I found two I couldn't part with along with a skein of sock yarn in the shade Perfectly Wreckless.
Don't let the big twist fool you, this is actually three skeins of fingering weight merino in Tomato, Spanish Moss, and Sapphire from The Copper Corgi. This was something I saw a lot of at SAFF: vendors twisting three shades together to make a giant coordinating skein. However, I put these together as a possible color range for a pattern I'm designing and she said she liked the colors so well together, she'd have to make more giant skeins with them.
So, I think I need to go on a yarn diet after this collection, but I'm so happy with my purchases. I can't wait to start working on whatever projects they might go into making.