Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I Went To YarnCon, And All I Got Was...

My favorite yarn/fiber event took place here in Chicago last weekend - YarnCon! I went with a friend to shop the marketplace for a few hours on Saturday afternoon and managed to make only 1 purchase: 4 skeins of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn from Black Cat Fibers, which I plan to use for another So Faded Sweater:

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R-L: Vamp, Alchemy, Dirt Nap and Quarry

I don't think I've ever knit a sweater twice, but I really like how my first one turned out, and it fits me perfectly (especially now that I put a collar on it - no more Flash Dance sweater!). I still have the pattern with the numbers for my size circled, so I doubt it'll be long til I cast on....never mind that I am also currently working on a Comfort Fade cardi in some OOAK hand-dyed colors of Lhasa Wilderness. 2018 is the Year of the Sweater after all, right?!

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As you can see, the YarnCon marketplace was full of temptation - it took quite a bit of willpower not to bring everything home with me. Thankfully, my recent spring cleaning exercise is still very fresh in my mind, so I was able to avoid a lot of random yarn buying in favor of something project-specific.

Note to self: I should make a list of possible projects I want to make and the yarn I would need for it BEFORE I go to a yarn or fiber festival. For YarnCon, I had no plan, and the only reason I thought to do another So Faded sweater is because I was picking out 3 coordinating skeins of sock yarn, figuring that it would be easy to find a pattern for them after the fact. Then I realized that if I added 1 more skein, that was basically a sweater quantity...and all of the colors were so pretty that I couldn't choose just one, hence another Fade sweater is now in the works!

Randomly: For anyone who is wondering/interested, I am working on some blog posts based on the reader survey from earlier this year (remember that?), and also some new designs for spring! I'm looking forward to sharing all of that with you soon;  most of my free time has been dedicated to my destashing efforts on Ravelry and Etsy, but I do want to shift focus back to the blog this spring. Thanks for hanging with me!


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