Friday, June 27, 2008

Estes Park Wool Festival, III: The Loot

My favorite part of the Wool Festival is touring the enormous vendor building and getting loot. Vendors sell every thing imaginable for the spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting enthusiast.  Fibers include silk, llama, alpaca, sheep's wool, cashmere, and even bunny (angora). 

Because I get carried away, I always make one pass through the entire vendor building and then decide what I'm going to buy.

Last year I bought a kit and made these incredible Scandinavian style mittens, designed by Linda Hellberg George, based on her grandmother's pattern:   

Straight out of a storybook, the cuff extends high up over the wrist, keeping hands toasty in even the coldest weather.  I adore the silver button:  
This year I bought these hand-dyed yarns, created by Laura Macagno-Shang of Missouri.  One daughter is getting the peach yarn with purple as an accent, while I might actually use the periwinkle for me:  


Annapurna said...

You did a great job with the mittens.
I get a headache when I knit. Not sure why.

Lottery Girl said...

Dear Anna,

Thanks! That is odd about the headache. Wonder why that happens?

Annapurna said...

Thanks for the lovely comments. Yes, I am originally born in India. I went to a catholic school in India, where we were punished if we spoke in our mother tongue at school. That must have helped. You haven't heard my accent, so you didn't know :-)

I feel odd replying to you, referring to you as Lottery girl. Could I please know your first name? You can hit reply on this comment from your email. I will also know your email address in case I want to respond to any of your questions. Thanks.