I don’t really have any photos, but thought I would post an update on what I got! My mom and I drove to Deep Creek Lake, McHenry, MD on Friday evening and stayed there. My parents have an RV and it stays there from May – October. This is not quite a halfway point to the festival but good enough so we aren’t driving from Pittsburgh, PA the next day. Saturday morning we got up bright and early (the coffee shop I like there wasn’t even open yet!) and headed to the Howard County Fairgrounds. It’s a 2-1/2 hour drive so we ended up getting there about an hour after it opened. The first thing I did was drop off some yarn I was donating to The Buffalo Wool Co. They were collecting yarn for various charities and are going to redistribute it between the charities. This was part of a trade in/trade up event they did: You could purchase some new colorways on a new yarn base after trading in. I was just donating, though. After this I started to walk around and see what I could find. I did have a list, but I really didn’t follow it.
One thing I knew I wanted was to check out Indian Lake Artisans handmade hexagonal needles. I didn’t want to buy an entire set just yet, but I did buy a 40″ US2 to try for socks. I figured this was pretty versatile since I use a lot of fingering weight and could do socks or shawls with it to see if I like them. If I do, I plan on slowly upgrading my current Knitter’s Pride/Knit Picks needles. $30 didn’t seem bad if they are as good as I am hoping – I chose the maple because it is the slickest (and the only one that came in a US2.)
Next I stopped at Spirit Trail Fiberworks. I ended up stopping there last in 2017, which is another reason I started at the opposite end of the festival this year. Spirit Trail is what my Lannister shawl is made from, and I knew I wanted something else. They didn’t have the color I was hoping for in a fingering weight base, but did have my second choice, Ashes and Embers. It’s a black/red yarn that will pair well with my Baah! La Jolla that I have. I was going to pair the Baah! with another one of the same brand that I purchased in Seattle, but I feel like it might be just too much red. This will work out much better.
One thing on my list was self striping sock yarn and Fiber Optic Yarns delivered! I ended up with one skein of her self striping in Thunderstruck. It’s grey, yellow, white, and orange. I’m going to try to do white heel/toes with it I think. I have socks on the needles for husband already, but really want to cast on with my new needles. We’ll see how long I hold out…
There was also a stitch marker swap at The Buffalo Wool Co! I participated last year, too, and got so many cool new stitch markers. I also managed to meet one half of one of my favorite podcasts, Misadventures in Knitting. I met Tara. She did take a selfie but I forgot to! I’m going to try to get it from her so I can post it, too. We swapped tea, not yarn or stitch markers, and I’m hoping I can get a hold of her and mail her some markers! She also brought me a giant bag of granola from a company local to her — totally unexpected! She was so, so sweet. After the swap I worked at the Buffalo Wool Co stand for 2 hours or so and it was so fun talking to everyone coming in to the booth! I am hoping to help out next year, too, either with them or someone else. I managed to pick up a skein of the show colorway, too, in the Prairie base. Prairie is 50% muga silk/50% bison. The bison fiber is so, so soft. They have a pattern on their site that I really want to knit so I know I’ll be ordering a few skeins of their ‘sexy’ base soon.
The last two stops were quick and not planned (not that I planned any of them…) I picked up two skeins of 100% silk from The Whispering Woodturner that matches the show colorway from BWC, and then I picked up a mini skein in hot pink from Rainbow Rapunzel (sorry, can’t find a site.) Husband likes black and hot pink so I am hoping I can use this on something for him. The hats I made for him that are in this combo, according to him are orange. I think he’s wrong but I’ve been known to be a poor judge of color in the past.
I can’t wait to go next year, and hopefully at some point I’ll make it to Rhinebeck! I didn’t wear any (visible) knitwear, the weather just didn’t want me to this year. I did wear handknit socks, though.