Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Finland (and a tiny bit of Africa) February 21, 2011

Last week I was in Finland.

This was a slightly postponed birthday trip (it seems that my birthday trips keep getting later in the year, if I keep it up at this rate, I’ll be taking my birthday trip in June when I’m 80!) as my birthday is at the end of January.  However, I thought that it was perfect to spend Valentine’s Day in Finland as they celebrate it more as a “friends day” rather than breaking out the fuzzy love cuffs.

So, for most of the time that I was in Finland, it was cold, even by Finnish standards.  Here’s proof from the thermometer in the car driving us around one day on our massive yarn crawl.

However, I did get to see a lot of stuff.  Malin and I went to the massive castle in Turku for several hours.  They have a self-guided audio tour that you can take that you can download to your own iPod or whatever.  I had it on my phone, and it was most educational (not to mention handy!).

In the medieval parts of the castle there were a lot of paintings on the walls as well as quite old carved wooden statues that have survived the centuries.  All of the old wood (and later textiles) that have survived amazed me (coming from a climate here in England that tends to rot wood and textiles).

We went to various places in Turku, including the heated street (which I didn’t get a picture of for some reason).  It is an entire pedestrian street that has, essentially, in-floor heating underneath it.  This keeps it free from snow and ice so that it is nice to walk on even in the winter!

Malin and I then stopped in Tampere for an afternoon on our way up to Vaasa.  In Tampere we went to 2 yarn shops and a bead shop where I (apparently) also didn’t take any photos.  I did, however, get lots of yarn and oodles of beads.

I also spent some time tooling around Vaasa with Malin.  We went to the longest bridge in Finland for lunch.

 

This was called the "Bridge Burger" Yes that is a fried egg on top of it with a slice of melted cheese on top. Yes, I was in heaven.

 

And then we went to the Vaasa museum for a couple of hours.  There were lots of knitted, crocheted, nal-bound and woven garments all through the museum.

There were lots of knitted, crocheted and woven garments all through the museum.

There were also 2 spinning wheels and a ton of distaffs and spinning accessories that were made out of wood and quite often painted gaily!

 

I just thought that these metal whole-leg sock blockers were fun. Very much like some that you can get brand-new today!

 

 

I spent a few days with Barbro at her house just outside of Vora (it’s not spelled correctly as I couldn’t get the proper scripts to show up. If I had wanted it in Chinese, I would have been set!).  There I got my first ski lesson of my life (cross-country, not downhill!) and spent a lot of time admiring the beauty of the Finnish countryside from inside a toasty house!

 

 

 

Barbro took this picture for me. Proof that I actually strapped two sticks to my feet:-)

 

Then the three of us (Malin, Barbro and I [Kasper the dog was invited but declined politely]) went on our yarn crawl.  I didn’t take many photos except for these of the BIG yarn store that we visited in the middle of nowhere and the road there, which was pretty much one entire icy patch.  It was like I imagine being on a luge course would be like!

This store was fun in the way that it would have 100% acrylic right next to cashmere.  It didn’t take itself too seriously and was obviously in the business of selling lots and lots of yarn, whatever kind you might be looking for!

You should go check out Malin’s Blog and Barbro’s Blog to see what they say about the trip!  I however, got LOTS of yarn and not a lot of photographs (I only took my phone on this trip, thus please forgive the quality of the photos!).

So, this will give you an idea of how much I brought back with me:

I have a small collection of these baggage tags from all over the world.  It’s pretty easy to do with this big suitcase.  Generally it’s not a matter of, “will it all fit?” it’s more, “will it weigh too much?”.  However, this bag was pretty well stuffed to the gills this time.

 

This is the yarn that I brought home...

 

 

Some fun seed beads that I picked-up in Tampere

These heart beads were on sale since it was Valentine's Day

These buttons were part of my "goodie bag" from Barbro

This is a knitted band to hold your fiber when you are spindle spinning it! Another part of Barbro's Goodie Bag

 

 

A Mumin towel and some herbal salve also from Barbro's Goodie bag (there was also lots of Chocolate and some Jams in there, but, erm... they are already mostly gone!)

Some little sheep that I got at a crafty type shop

So yeah, I bought toilet paper and tissues... But they have LAMBS on them! And the lambs are embossed INTO the toilet paper!

Nearly everyone in Finland has some sort of reflector attached to their coats so that it is easier for drivers to see them. Very smart I think!

I know, I know! Clothes rollers?!? But I'm telling you, these ROCK! And they have the super intelligent cover on them!

These are some wooden sheep that I found on clearance!!!! (God, I love that word!)

These were a joint project between Malin and her honey Mika. They are for wrapping your hand spun lace weight around so that it doesn't get damaged.

 

The whole trip was amazingly relaxing, with lots of laughter and lots and lots of good food from all directions.

I got home last night to some ecstatic dogs and cats and a very clean house.  The hubby had even invested in a system to clean our very, very tall windows!  However, the wonder hubby wasn’t here, as he had left for Dubai the day before (don’t worry, the dogs and diabetic cat were in the kennel!).

Today I went over to the neighbors to take them a little thank you gift of reindeer soup and cloudberry jam and they had a little surprise for me from Africa (you were wondering where that came in, weren’t you???).  The month prior to my trip they had been in Zimbabwe, which is where they are from originally.  They brought for me this amazing basket with a lid that fits perfectly.

And a bag that looks like it has been made out of a couple of different types of twine and hand carved buttons:

And this wire hook with a beaded spider on it.  It is a spider and not a bug as it has 8 legs…  I’m quite sure that you were worried about that!

It was fun to travel, but it is good to be home again!

 

Generosity January 21, 2011

I have several thank you’s that I need to make for people who have donated sock yarn leftovers to the massive undertaking that is my sock yarn blanket.

First off there is Tini, who sent me a great package with some sock yarn, beads and some candy.  Always a good combo!

Then I also got a package from an Anonymous RAK’er.  See, I belong to a group on Ravelry that is called RAK in Europe (RAK stands for Random Act of Kindness, just for those who didn’t know!) and the idea is to post a list of things that you are wishing for.  They can be physical (in my case sock yarn remnants) or more good feeling (well wishes for something going on in the person’s life).  So, you look over the list and see if there is anything that you can help with and if there is you send off whatever it is that you can help with.  There are no “paybacks”, there is no “requirement” to do anything, it’s just a nice thing to do to help someone out.  Anyway, I joined this group this past month and have had a lot of fun in it so far.  I’ve sent off 3 RAK packages which made me feel really good, and I’ve received 2 (I’m counting Tini’s as one as she is the one that suggested that I join this group!).  This package from the Anonymous RAK’er was completely unexpected, so all the nicer!

 

Perfect little butterflies of sock yarn!

 

Now my last thank you is a BIG super-duper-humongous-ginormous-holy-shit-look-at-the-size-of-that-thing one.  Jon from Easyknits said that when I came to his house to help out he would give me some of his tangled skeins and unsold yarns and such from up in the attic.  He said that is was, “a lot”.  I threw a couple of tote bags into my backpack when I was getting ready to go into the city on Wednesday, then I threw in more in “just in case”.  I also had a good-sized shopping bag with Jon’s birthday cake in it (his birthday is shortly before Christmas, but there was snow insanity and plague going on then, so he got it about a month late).  Anyway, Jon filled-up all of the totes, the backpack plus a big blue bag from IKEA!!!!  We were up in his attic and he just kept throwing yarn and fiber at me!!!  It was like a really good dream except that Jon was Jon and not a scantily clad Viggo Mortensen (not that Jon isn’t handsome!!!) (I think that you may have glimpsed a little too far into my head with that dream description!).

I was such a quivering mess of yarn-y-ness that I didn’t take any photos of it all until I had gotten home and unpacked it all.  But you can imagine how interesting it was sherpa-ing all those bags home on trains and tubes was!  Luckily, it was well after rush hour so I didn’t have a million people pushing at me to go faster and the route that Jon’s husband Roy came up with for me to get to Euston station had minimal steps to hike up and down.  I just got a lot of interested looks, not scowls.  Anyway, here is most of it, though I realize that there was also a bag of ends of cones that I didn’t get in this picture!

That big pile in the back? That is all sock yarn.

Some of this is going to be RAK’ed and a bit is going to Finland with me in February, so don’t think that I’m a total greedy pants (well, ok, I am, but I do share!!!)

There was also a ton of Kool-Aid packets that he gave me to play with the undyed yarn with, which I did yesterday for the first time.  Since I was just playing, I wasn’t too worried about how things turned out.  It was a lot of fun (though I needed to add less water to the Kool-Aid dye that I was using to make designs.  Live and learn!) and I managed not to make a complete mess of the kitchen.

Now for all of this yarn-y love, I did do a little bit to help.  Let me tell you sock club members, you are going to love this months colorway and pattern (which I helped to label, so I am very familiar with it!).  It’s perfect for curling-up in front of a fire and knitting during the cold and dark of winter.  Jon is also going to be at Unravel if you want to check out his yarn up close and  in person (as will I hopefully!). (more…)

 

I (Heart) Mailman June 16, 2009

There is really nothing much better than getting real mail and the past 2 days have been most excellent for that here at The Old Chapel.  Monday I received my graduation pictures from Florida.  Still haven’t gotten my diploma yet, but that’s ok.  Anyway, I had ordered a package with four 5X7’s in it to share with the family.  I’m keeping one and the other three are going to get sent out as soon as I can get to the post office.  I also got a lovely letter from my friend Sarah Jane.  It is always just so good to get an actually snail mail letter.  Don’t get me wrong, e-mail and phone calls are nice as well but there really isn’t anything to compare to an actual hand written letter mailed to you with actual stamps.

Today, I got a package from my friend Tini in Germany.  She sent me a couple of books that she thought that I could use:

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I know, I'm such a big fan of Debbie's and I didn't have this book!

I know, I'm such a big fan of Debbie's and I didn't have this book!

She also sent CHOCOLATE!!!!

 

Always accepted into the Chapel!

Always accepted into the Chapel!

 And to top it off, she sent the note written on the back of a Tori Amos postcard.  Does this woman have my number or WHAT?!?!

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There is a package going out to her today so check out her blog to see what I sent her!

So, I did a bit of a stupid.  I sort of knit a few too many rows on my sock before I stopped to count it and now I am going to have to frog, well, a lot of rows.  Here’s what it looks like currently:

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Oh well.  Now I get to learn about frogging with knitting!

Edited later to add:

Holy crap!  There were stitch markers in that package as well!  Tini mentioned them in an e-mail and I went, “Huh?  Stitch markers?  Better go check the packaging again.” and voila! there they were!  Such a cool package!

 

Three little stitch markers sittin' in a row

Three little stitch markers sittin' in a row

 

Coventry Calling June 8, 2009

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Saturday the hubby and I went to Coventry for the UK Ravelry Day.  On the way there, we stopped in Leighton Buzzard and picked-up a lady whom I had met on a UK Ravelry Day forum offering and looking for rides.  Her name is Tini and we honestly could not have had a better car guest for the trip.  Tini was visiting friends in Leighton Buzzard from her home in Germany and it just “happened” to coincide with the Ravelry Day.  I had been sort of worried prior to meeting her that she would be, oh, I don’t know, someone you felt uncomfortable in a car with for a few hours.  It quickly became obvious that she would have felt right at home and would have even given David a run for his money at a Hookers night!  Bilingually!  All the way there we chatted easily and enjoyed the scenery of the M1.  

When we got there an hour early (the hubby drove really fast [naughty hubby!]) and found a place to get a hot drink and a place to sit down.  It was raining, which sort of portended the type of day that it was going to become.  The whole event started at 10am and my first class started at 10:30 so I didn’t have much time to peruse the stalls that were set-up with all sorts of independent shops and hand dyers selling thousands of kinds of yarn before I had to run off and find where my class was being held.  

My introduction to lace knitting was pretty low stress.  The lady that taught it, Kate Tetlow, was pretty low key and didn’t get at all flustered by the various speeds of learning, or knitting that the group exhibited.  There were a few in the class who were super fast and a few who weren’t (I was included in that last category) but she kept all of us busy and never got irritated at all.  It was in this lace knitting class that I learned that the way that I was knitting was, well, not exactly wrong but, well, wrong.  I was twisting every stitch, which I think it part of the reason that the sample of lace that I made in the class was so tight that folks were joking about how I could start knitting miniature lace for dollhouses.  Even though my lace sample didn’t turn-out exactly as it should have I still accomplished my main goal for the class which was to learn how to read a lace chart.

My miniature sample on the right, my ticket to the class and the project that I was working on at the end.  The yarn is Jamieson and Smith 2-ply laceweight that they thoughtfully supplied for the class

My miniature sample on the right, my ticket to the class and the project that I was working on at the end. The yarn is Jamieson and Smith 2-ply laceweight that they thoughtfully supplied for the class

After I got out of class at 1:30pm the hubby kindly had fish and chips awaiting me for some needed lunch.  Then Tini and I went upstairs to listen to Meg Swansen speak about her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman.  It was interesting as Meg read some passages from her mother’s journal about at camping trip that she and Meg’s father had taken in the Canadian wilderness with their cat.  She also had a great Q & A session where she answered questions about both her mother’s works as well as her own.  Meg now runs Schoolhouse Press an independent publisher of knitting books and supplies so she had lots of great insight into the trends of fiberarts as well as great new designers on their way.  Her stories were fun and some of the questions that she got were just great.

It was sitting next to Tini prior to the talk by Meg where I learned how to knit continentally without twisting my stitches.  After the first row it made it soooooo much easier to do.  The sock that I had been working on was making me nervous by how tight it seemed, now it is knitting up totally normal.  If I can, I will take a picture of the sock so that you can see the difference in the stitches.

After the talk I had some time to run around and look at all the different vendors wares.  There was a surprising amount of alpaca fiber there including two very sorry looking young alpacas who had been recently shorn and had to stand out in the rain for the bulk of the day.  I’m sure that they were fine, but they just looked, well, wet.  I got several nice things including an entire set of the Knit pro (Knit Picks in the US) interchangeable needles as well as lots of yummy yarn and batts to spin.

A lady in period dress and wheel looking REALLY uncomfortable the entire time I saw her

A lady in period dress and wheel looking REALLY uncomfortable the entire time I saw her

The bedraggled looking Alpaca.

The bedraggled looking Alpaca.

The Fyberspates Stall with Sarah going a little nutty when she found out that those batts were for SALE!!!

The Fyberspates Stall with Sarah going a little nutty when she found out that those batts were for SALE!!!

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Fyberspates Faery Lace in Moss

Fyberspates British Dream Sock Yarn in Mosses

Fyberspates British Dream Sock Yarn in Mosses

Lovely Batts

Lovely Batts

More lovely batts from Fyberspates

More lovely batts from Fyberspates

You can't really see it in the photos but these all had sparkly in them

You can't really see it in the photos but these all had sparkly in them

A really big crochet hook by Rachel John

A really big crochet hook by Rachel John

About 5200 yards of laceweight alpaca from John Arbon textiles

About 5200 yards of laceweight alpaca from John Arbon textiles

A pretty pile of natural alpaca mill ends from John Arbon as well

A pretty pile of natural alpaca mill ends from John Arbon as well

My Knit Pro needles, it came with more but it's difficult to photograph it all

My Knit Pro needles, it came with more but it's difficult to photograph it all

While in Coventry Tech Support found a stall in the market selling all American “foodstuffs”.  I put foodstuffs in parenthesis as it was full of Nerds, Twinkies, Beef Jerky, Lucky Charms and (oh blessed neon yellow manna from heaven) Mountain Dew.  However, everything in it was outrageously expensive.  A 12-pack of cans of MD cost 14 pounds!  That’s like $22.50.  So obviously we didn’t get anything but we now know that it is there if we ever become really desperate.

He found these goodies waiting for us in a shop there as well:

 

The complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer Boxed Set

The complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer Boxed Set

The complete series of Angel

The complete series of Angel

On Sunday we had some friends out from the city.  We had good food and good drinks and it was a really relaxing afternoon.  That is, until the time came to take them to the train station.  The hubby was driving them to the Tring train station when the car suddenly would no move any more.  The engine didn’t stop, just the car.  We have breakdown coverage through, oddly enough, our bank so Hubby had me call them for a tow.  Luckily, they were close enough to the station by that time that it wasn’t all that big of a deal for our friends to get there.  So now our lovely shaggin wagon has it’s fate up in the air.  It is at a mechanics shop in the next town over.  We are pretty sure that the transmission went on it.  It is just a matter of if they can fix it for less than the ceiling that we placed on it or if the shaggin wagon is going to be recycled.

 

Cabled Obsession May 18, 2009

It has finally turned grey here in the Southern end of England and sort of cold.  In fact, if I didn’t have a calender on the wall I would think that spring is now going backwards except for a few things.  One is that the peonies are getting ready to bloom.  I love peonies.  My grandmother had these huge clumps of them growing near the road at her house.  They were these huge pink and white striped flowers as big as a cereal bowl that smelled like heaven.  After my grandmother died, I transplanted a bunch of them to my parents house, but it is a bit colder where they live and it has taken more than a few years for them to get back up to speed, let alone have blooms the size of bowls.  Since I transplanted the peonies, I have yet to get to see them bloom.  I haven’t been to my home in Iowa at the right time, no where close to it to tell you the truth.

 

The neighbor's peony bush

The neighbor's peony bush

 

In order to brighten things up around here a bit we added a new member to our family.  Since we were unable to bring the parrotlets back with us (they have a nice new family now, I didn’t just let them go or something) but we had their old cage here we went out and got a parakeet!  They call them budgies here.  Anyway, our parakeet/budgie is named Macho and I am hoping that he will learn his song.  I just find the idea of a little blue parakeet singing, “Macho, macho man!  I want to be a macho man!” so appealing on so many levels.  I know, I’m sick on so many levels!   

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I’ve started on a new crochet project.  I know, what do I need another new project for right?  But I didn’t have anything that was good and mindless to work on while we are watching season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  By the way, season 2 is much better than season one, though you do need season 1 to understand a lot of the plot lines.  Oh, where was I?  Oh, yes, right, the new project.  It is a great big granny square afghan.  You know, where the granny square just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  It is the perfect brainless project for Buffy watching.  

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I’ve started another knitting project.  This time it is a cabled scarf.  I guess I had a fairly quick learning curve on the knitting thing as I totally skipped the whole “really long garter stitch scarf” (for my hooking friends, garter stitch is when you just go back and forth in straight knit stitch, no purling.  It is sort of akin to doing just a single crochet back and forth) and went straight to cabling.  I think I’m doing ok, but it’s really hard to tell other than the scarf is turning out more or less like the pattern that I am using.  I don’t really have anyone who I feel that I can just ask without feeling stupid. And yes, y’all read that right, a pattern.  I think that reading knitting patterns is easier than crochet ones for me for some reason.  Maybe my mind can’t really handle more than knit or purl.  Who knows why this is, but there you have it…

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I’ve also had another vampire themed thing going on as I was finally sucked into the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  Yeah, I know, what is it with me and vampires lately right?  Actually, let me answer that rhetorical question.  Right after I moved here I started re-reading some of the Harry Potter series.  It is so different reading them……well…..here than it was at our home in Florida.  There it is very seldom that you feel an old vibe or a…..well….dark vibe.  When you do it is in the forests or on the river and it’s, different.  Maybe (but I’m not sure about this) it’s because the “danger vibe” feels, wild.  Animal even which would make sense given that there really haven’t been a lot of people (I know that there have been people living there for a very long time, but it just isn’t as many as here if you know what I mean) living there for very long.  Most of it’s history is in the wildness.  Whereas here, it’s different.  You can feel history pulsing around you.  Especially where we live, in the Southern part of England.  This area has been settled for a really long time, much longer than the US has been settled.  The church down the road dates to the 12th century, and it’s not all that special around here for it’s age.  There are ruins and walls from houses that no longer exist if you look around a little.  Everywhere there are little passage ways that probably date back to the Tudors that almost seem to whisper that bad things have happened in them and alleys and twisted little roads that may have made sense at some point but now dead end into dark doorways.  I have had more jolts to my subconscious in the past few months with non-understood warnings of danger it seriously made me think that I was going mad for a little bit.  But I’ve come to realize that I’m feeling…..well…..the past here.  I think that this is part of the reason that I am never all that keen on going into the city.  Crowds have never really been all that fun for me, but the city itself has always felt, well, really dark to me.  And no, this isn’t just because I just read 4 rather long vampire books in 4 days, I’ve always been this way about it.  You can ask the husband if you want but he’s seen how I get as the train moves closer and closer to London.  I get…upset? Depressed?  Definitely different.  There is no avoiding the past there, no avoiding the claustrophobic little alleyways that Jack the Ripper haunted in the 1880’s (seriously, the hubby worked and lived in that part of town) or the fact that even on the larger streets it’s seldom that the sun shines directly on you.  

Anyway, this has been a very long way of saying that reading books like the Potter series or the Twilight series here feels very different than reading them in the US.  There’s enough shadows and weirdness here that you almost can’t help but to believe in monsters and hidden creatures and dark histories and secrets so old that you can’t even begin to wrap your mind around them.

I now totally get why everyone has alarm systems here.

 

 

Goodies in the mail! May 12, 2009

I finally got some stuff in the mail that I had been waiting for.  One of the things came in these boxes:

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For those of you with sharp eyes, you might notice that the tape on the boxes matches that of a box I recieved prior to settting off for the States.  Here’s another picture to give you some better size perspective.

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They are some BIG boxes from the folks at the British Wool Board.   

And inside these boxes…

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were some really big paper bags full of…

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greasy fleecies!  Yep, it was two large boxes full of unwashed sheep’s fleeces.  To say that the dogs were interested would be a slight understatement:-)  Most of what I got were colored fleeces.  And, considering that I still haven’t spun the fleeces from Rhinebeck, well, Houston, we may have a problem here!

I also got the box that I mailed back here from the US as I was having space/time issues (namely I ran out of space in my suitcases this time).  In it were some yarns that I picked-up at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I got one 4oz. skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn in Bark and a mill-end skein that weighed in at 6.4 oz in the pink.

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I also got a great hank of yarn from Seacolors Yarns in a soft greenish blue.  This farm/yarnery was featured in the book Shear Spirit which I wrote about right after I came back from Rhinebeck as I had gotten a copy signed by the author and photographer there.  The yarn that is produced is dyed in seawater and is specifically done in order to exhaust the dye bath as well as be as friendly to the environment as possible.  Plus, the yarn is just so super cushy it makes you want to bounce on it!

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I also got some more rovings.  These are rather rambunctiously dyed and were named Alabama Winter II and Color 09-02.  They were from the Little Barn folks who had some really fun rovings for sale.

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So, you can see that the postman has had a time of it of late bringing me packages.  I’m pretty sure that he’s sick of my face at this point.  Can you really blame him?  Those big boxes are heavy as hell!  Now I just need to find a decent priced drum carder……

 

Shopping and other kinds of show and tell

So, of course, I get asked right about the stuff that I picked-up at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  Ok, so I got a few things (I took a large camping sized duffelbag that was full on the return).  Here’s a sample of some of the things that I got in Maryland.

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These are balls of roving that I got from a company called Bartlettyarns.   It isn’t the finest wool in the universe, but it has very cool inflections of natural colored wool through them.  Plus, it was really, really reasonably priced.

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I’ve wanted to get this book ever since I heard that it was coming out.  And look!

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It’s signed by the author!  

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The folks from Wild Fibers were there and they were selling back issues for a great deal, 4 for $2o!  For those of you that have never heard of this magazine before it is sort of like the National Geographic of the fiber world.  Each issue takes you to new places in the world where the various types of fiber come from or originated at.  It is a very cool magazine and if you have a chance to check out an issue, I highly suggest it!

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These are some pottery plant label stakes that a company was clearancing out at $.75 each.  There weren’t a lot that I was interested in but of course I managed to find a few that I could use.

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These bags contain one pound each of processed fleece from Navajo-Churro sheep named (respectivaly) Isabella and Zora.  The Navajo-Churro is a very old breed which is considered “rare” in breed terms.  I got these directly from the breeder of the sheep, Walks F Acres.  I like to buy from a sheep breeder like this as I can find out about the sheep themselves and I feel like I am supporting a small business as well as help to maintain a threatened breed.  Plus, the price was really reasonable.

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I got these two roving balls from the Brush Creek Wool Works.  They are a lovely blend of blue with various yellows and greens and red with yellows and blues.  I’m not sure what type of wool these are but I am pretty sure that they are some sort of Merino blend.

There are also a few things which just aren’t that fun to take pictures of.  I got some plastic cards one which came with a little wooden tool in order to figure out what type of yarn I am making when I am spinning or to just figure out what kind of unlabeled yarn I have laying around.  It’s called a Wraps per inch (or WPI) tool.  I also got a yarn classification card that has a bunch of information about the different types of yarn available.

There are some things that I mailed here as I was pretty full suitcase wise.  When they get here I’ll show pictures of them as well.