This was my haul, on the Great Northern Yarn Haul. I started out really, really disciplined, looking and willing to buy only the yarn for two cowls for the nurses who cared for Mom during her last months. But once I had those, there were other forces pulling at my wallet! From right to left,
*Pale pink: The Fibre Company, Cirro (alpaca/cotton/wool) for one of the aforementioned cowls. So SOFT!!
*Hunter orange: Plymouth Encore (acrylic/wool) because the hat I made for my sister and brother-in-law to wear walking/hiking in Vermont, especially during hunting season, is looking very bedraggled – and it’s hard to find that color!
*Yellow: Dirty Water Dyeworks (merino/nylon) for the second cowl. With a color name of “No. 2 Pencil”, how could I resist?
*Gold: Sun Valley Fibers (merino/cashmere/nylon) This is the one I bought for me – probably for socks. I didn’t really need more sock yarn – but it felt so nice!
*Indigo: A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm (Romney/Border Leicester/Finn flock, 10% nylon, dyed at the farm) They were generous enough to let me park in their parking area for the night with my camper. I had to buy something! So when I mentioned to one of the Quaker Knitting Goddesses in Portland that I wasn’t sure how I’d justify an unplanned yarn purchase, she suggested that she could use a pair of socks, and it had been a while since I’d knitted her anything. OK!
*And Poems Sock: (wool/nylon) Probably socks for my sister; these are her colors. And it was half price. I’m such a sucker…
One of my last stops was Mapleview Farm Alpacas, in Brandon, Vermont, which mills their own yarn; here are some of the fiber producers:
And my last stop was in Rutland, where Green Mountain Yarn and Fiber has their mascot on the porch:
In all, over the course of a couple of weeks, I visited 27 of the 28 shops and farms on the list. The one I missed wasn’t open the day I was in that part of Vermont. I enjoyed some gorgeous scenery along the way, explored areas I’d not otherwise have visited, knitted with others, drooled a lot over some amazing fiber products, and got to meet some new people. I now know where to source some special fibers, and feel inspired!