Thursday, November 15, 2012


I can't believe it's already Thursday.  This week has flown by.  I am starting to feel much more like my old self.  THANK YOU so much for all your well wishes.  You are such a sweet group!!  I'm sure the kindness you all sent my way has definitely improved my health!

This year, SAFF was so wonderful.  Tons of laughter and friendship.  I always look forward to this trip and I'm glad to say it doesn't let me down. I mean seriously, how can you go wrong with Cosmos, Mudslides, yarn and wonderful friends?

Last year, my focus was on all the much yarn!! Malabrigo, Miss Babs...these favorites were there this year and of course were purchased.
This is the Malabrigo.  If you have never splurged on this so.  It is heaven. So wonderful to work with and the colors are AMAZING! I haven't decided what this will be when it grows up, but I know that it will be gorgeous.
This is Miss Babs Yowza...phenomenal Merino.  I do have plans for this. I want to make the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and selfishly, I am making it for me...but not until after the holidays. I guess you could say it's my gift to me.

This year, while the yarn was gorgeous, I kept gravitating to the fiber...tons and tons of glorious fiber of all types and colors.  I thought I went on overload last year...Ha!  A whole new door opened for me and I dove in.

I bought a pound of undyed wool to spin and practice dyeing techniques with it.  I've decided that I will dye it after I spin it as I don't know enough to dye the fiber before hand.  I did buy some already dyed wool.  There was so much of it and if I were a rich woman, I would have brought home a lot more. Here's what I did buy..

I almost don't want to spin this because it is so glorious as it is.  Rachel, one of the girls in the group came back to the house with this and I knew I had to have it.  Pictures do not do it justice.  I managed to get the last one.  See, it was meant to be...even if I just stare at it for a while.

These two are from the same vendor.  He had the most vibrant colors.  I will admit that I can't wait to spin this up because of the variegations it will create.
I'm still learning about plying, so I'm not sure what I will do there, but oh the possibilities!

I might have to see if Rachel and Fru want to come visit for a bit of spinning time to help a girl learn. Rachel was able to finally teach me how to use a spindle successfully.  She makes it look so easy!

So there you have it.  My SAFF purchases. I was very pleased with them....Oh wait!  Forgot something :)
Sock Monkey tape measure! Cause everybody needs a little something silly to make them smile.

Hope you enjoyed your glimpse into my trip to the mountains.  This is just a tiny bit of it and while it's wonderful, it doesn't compare to the ladies I spent the weekend with....the ones I've known for a while and the new ones added to the fold.  They make the whole trip worth while.


  1. Melissa, I am so happy you are feeling better, it is such a bummer to be sick!
    Since we are such good friends I feel I can tell you just how envious I am of all that yummy yarn ;) Drat these youngin's, not only did they ruin my figure, one had to get married right when I needed to be in NC!

  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better. That is some amazing yarn, enjoy it all.

  3. Oooh I am most jealous of your delicious new yarn. So much yarn so little time.

  4. Beautiful yarn and fiber! So nice that you got to go on your lady/fiber retreat! I'm glad you're feeling better too.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Wow! You are going to need a new room to store all your purchases in! (You do have one away at college... ; )

    I absolutely love the bright goldie greenish stuff. Gorgeous!

  6. You bought some amazing fiber!! I can't wait to see what you think of the yowza yarn. That is something I would like to knit with in my future.