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Last Update of Knitter’s Connection – Yarn P0rn

Before I jump right into the goodies I got on my trip, I want to let you know what I think about the Regia Bamboo that I knit my Monkey socks with. Compared to wool, I don’t think it’s as stretchy when you knit with it, however, once it’s knit up, it’s much more stretchy. It’s fairly soft and it feels light and cool on my feet. I really like it and am curious how it will be once I wash it (I don’t typically wash and block my socks – I wear them once then wash them, usually just around the house). I’ll report more once I wash them.

Alright, here it is! The yarn p0rn you’ve been waiting for! These are the goodies I got at Knitter’s Connection.

There were SO much yarn, fiber and knitting goodies (books, stitch markers and other things) that I wanted, but I was very good (and selective in my choices) and only got things that I knew I would make something out of. If I didn’t know what I wanted it to become, I was good about putting it back. Man was it tough, though! There were a lot of great vendors who had all kinds of amazing things (like Habu for example!).

They had a special “Yarn P0rn” at the live Lime & Violet podcast event on Wednesday evening of the event which showcased these beautiful silk scarf kits that were to be sold at the Knitter’s market by Fiberworks:

I knew before I even went to The Market that I’d be taking one of these home with me. It’s so light and soft and beautiful. The neatest part (for me anyhow) is that you make the yarn out of these really think silk hankies. You just pull it off and knit from that. No spinning involved. They were an incredible steal, too. I figured they’d be a little pricey, but the kits were half the price I thought they would be. I came home with this one for myself (I bought two – the other will have to be shown at a later date):

The other yarn that was talked about the night of the podcast was this new yarn from Chameleon Colowrks. It’s called Evolution. It’s a 100% Merino wool that feels like silk! Seriously! You have to feel it to believe it. It has been mechanically stretched to enhance the softness, shine and drape. It’s soft, a little shiny (like silk), and drapes wonderfully. It’s perfect for next to the skin wear. I got two of the “Figgy Pudding” which will become a lace scarf (I’m totally into the lace scarf thing at the moment, as well as garter stitched things – what’s up with that?):

I also picked up a little something else from the same booth that will be shown at a later date.

The last thing I picked up was this Interlacements scarf kit that has Tiny Toes yarn, beads, and a pattern. I was going to pass on it, but I just COULDN’T. I admit this was a little bit of an impulse buy for me, but I think it will be lovely once it is knit up. I suppose I’ve gone a little backwards in that I didn’t start with scarfs, but now that I’ve knit sweaters and lace and a lot of other things, I’m wanting to knit scarfs. Strange. It’s a bit bright, but I’m told that I could totally pull it off. We shall see!

I will also show this, since it is part of what I got while I was at the convention. This is the bag of goodies I got as part of the “package” of classes, events, and membership I purchased.

So, that’s what I came home with! I was thinking of doing a video entry of this, but who knows when I would be able to get to it and I know you all have been wanting to see what I got, so I figured I’d just make a post of it and perhaps later I will do a video entry :o)

One last thing…. I learned to spin!! I really, really want a wheel now, but I’m sure that won’t be coming any time soon. The class was good and I finally got the hang of drafting and preparing the fiber. I learned quite a bit about spinning and spinning wheels. Shannon Okey, author of Spin to Knit was the teacher. She was a lot of fun, very friendly, and very helpful.

Here’s what I had after class – my very own yarn!

Alright, well that’s all I’ve got for now! I’m busy resisting the urge to cast on for a number of products right now and trying to get that vest done. Happy crafting all!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

3 thoughts on “Last Update of Knitter’s Connection – Yarn P0rn

  1. Very cool stash! It sounds like you really enjoyed Knitters Connection. I have also knitted the beaded scarf that you purchased, and it was so easy and quick. I’m seriously considering doing another one! I enjoyed the review and will visit your blog again soon.

  2. WOW, great goodies! And the goodie bag from the event was superb. Looking forward to seeing the completed scarfs!

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