I got to go to YarnCon! The guys blasted through the ceiling fan-ectomy and the wonky soffit and I was out of here by 9:30 on Saturday! I hit the dry cleaners and the jeweler and was on the expressway to get to Wicker Park. I made a stop first to take a photo of a building where a friend's mom had grown up. Unfortunately it had been gentrified out of existence by two new condo buildings. Wicker Park is really really crowded!
I made my way over to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, which, if you're in to architecture is well worth seeing. So beautiful. I met Linda and Rachael there! YarnCon was set up in the main auditorium and it was a nice gathering of independent fiber artists and a couple of shops. Franklin, of Panopticon fame, was there taking photos for his 1,000 Knitters project, and there were demonstrations, hot dogs and pretty good shopping!
I have banned myself from buying sock yarn (OMG, while putting my stash on Ravelry I realized I have an obscene amount of sock yarn - 15 skeins of Opal . . . and that's JUST the Opal), but I did get 4 oz. of some hand-dyed, superwash merino roving to spin up :-) It's dark blues / purples / greens. Very lovely.
In addition, I like to live dangerously (sorta), so I participated in the grab bag - someone was destashing . . . and Rachael said, no, she wouldn't get one because what if it was bright orange? How rotten would that be? So, I shelled out 10 bucks for a bag that said it had 8 skeins all of one color and 5 bucks for a bag that said 2 skeins + miscellaneous.
To Rachael's credit, she did not scream or laugh hysterically when I opened the second bag to find 8 skeins of NEON ORANGE Bucilla mohair / acrylic blend that had to have been from 1967. Craptastic. The other bag was not much better with two very small skeins (another one of mohair and one I can't even remember) and partial bits of old skeins of acrylic and little balls of bits and pieces of yarn . . . I thought that was pretty much a gyp for 5 bucks. :-( I actually thought I might do something with the orange neon, but by the time I made it home, I had thought better of it, particularly when I discovered that one of the skeins was seriously stained (that was a nasty surprise).
Both bags. In the bin. Live and learn :-S
I made a stop on the way home, at My Sister's Knits, in Beverly. I love this joint! I haven't been in since the re-model in July, and it is so open and airy now inside yet still has its cozy neighborhood feel. I came home with two Lantern Moon Raw Silk Needle Cases- one for my knitting needles in the jade w/chocolate panel, and one for my hooks and double points, in blue w/jade panel. Very yummy!!
Today was a spinning day - I plied up some singles that I have been working on for awhile. I just finished setting the twist. One is looking to me like it's a little underplied - I may run it through the wheel again. We'll see. But the other two skeins look pretty good to me! I'm getting better at this spinning stuff! :-)