The perfect place-setting! DKA project bags, chocolate candy, and a surprise sample of 3IG mini skeins all waiting...
Darn Knit Anyway is my favorite not-very-local yarn store. I mean, I am in South Minneapolis, so pretty much anything that I cannot reach on foot or a short bus ride might as well be in Montana. And yet I keep driving out to Stillwater at the slightest excuse to loiter around and pet the yarn.
Obviously finding out Sharon of Three Irish Girls was coming for a little workshop and trunk show was a good reason to drive to Baja-Wisconsin. Also, it was very, very cold so the fine people of Stillwater were hosting an outdoor ice cream social. There were piles and piles of beautiful yarn:
My favorite part of the workshop was seeing the pride and passion that go into these yarns. How carefully each yarn is presented in a perfectly twisted hank, how each colorway is reskeined or not to accentuate the choices, the testing that goes into designing a new yarn base - that craftsmanship and care is inspiring.
Cary's BFL in the limited edition Garden Grove followed me home. Blue Face Leicester is a gorgeous fiber with luster and drape and durability. It matches beautifully with some handspun of my own in the stash, and 1.5 weeks later I am just a few inches shy of finishing a new winter sweater.
Just one more yarn porn shot for the road. I've got a sweater to finish up and some other photos to edit and finish listing in the Etsy shop tonight.