Last weekend was the Garden State Sheep Breeders' Sheep and Fiber Festival. I drove out on Sunday all by myself! It was fun to pet the angora rabbits and talk to the baby llamas, and I ran my fingers through tons of raw fleece -- but much to D's relief came home with neither fleece nor llama nor bunny. (Though I will be looking into raising angora rabbits. How much trouble can they be? And how totally worth it would it be to grow my own fiber? Really!)
I did bring home some beautiful alpaca worsted to knit into Katie Himmelberg's Best-Fit Jumper from Simple Style, which I have been drooling over for a while now. (The pattern calls for an alpaca-merino blend and my yarn is just alpaca, but I am going to knit the ribbing with a smaller needle in the hope that it will retain its memory -- I'm testing it out on the swatch. If it doesn't work I have no doubt but that I can find some other use for this delicious yarn!
While you're admiring the yarn, take a gander at my new swift! Life has recently become significantly less arduous for the wool-winders in the Martin household. I think D agreed on my purchase (special sale at Knit Picks!) because it freed him from his bondage to the almighty skein -- possibly more so than as a reward for my hard labor driving K to camp in the Pinelands and schlepping her to the beach all summer. In any case, I am loving it!
(Stay tuned to see the other goodies I brought home from the festival, as well as progress on the Wonky Blocks quilt...)