Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fiber Expo

Chianti, 7 months, goes for a walk
I look forward to the Fiber Expo every fall. Held at the Washtenaw County fairgrounds, it features booths chalk full of fibery goodness.  This year, I noticed several booths featuring beads, ribbons and buttons. There are angora rabbits, alpacas and a camel.

I made a beeline to one of my favorite yarn vendors, Cakewalk Yarns and bought three skeins of fingering weight. Then I headed to another one of my favorites, Weaver's Loft
where I stocked up on large hanks of alpaca...just devine. My good friend Peggy and I always spent a lot of time in this booth, but she moved out-of-state with her family and the Expo isn't quite the same without her company.
The bags of wool and the colorful braids of roving always make me wish I knew how to spin. I'd love to learn some day.

Plenty of buttons and ribbons to be had.

One year I made the mistake of walking into the gun show instead of the yarn expo. A completely different crowd.

I ended up purchasing five skeins of alpaca from Weaver's Loft and three skeins of fingering weight yarn from Cakewalk. Also...ceramic buttons made in Swaziland that I plan to use on a cowl that I'm nearly finished knitting. I think I will start Stephen West's Daybreak shawl with the black and ivory alpaca while catching game 3 of the World Series tonight. Here's hoping that the Tigers get a win.

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