I attended my first Yellow Springs Wool Gathering with some knitting friends Saturday. There were 6 of us that made the 1 hr trip. It was two huge tents filled with booths. Some were yarn shops that brought their wears. Some were indie yarn dyers. Some were indie yarn spinners.
I was on a quest to find Christmasy yarn for a pair of socks. Sadly no one had any although two yarn dyers said they would soon. I got the business card from one, Redbird Yarn Studio, so that I can order her Christmas yarn once she makes it. Her colors are so vibrant!! I couldn’t resist her fall Harvest skein. Her skeins make self striping socks. I’m already making a fall striped sock but it’s acrylic and nylon. I’m looking forward to making a pair with the Redbird wool and nylon yarn.
I was also looking for some cute yarn bobbins. Colleen taught us a way to make yarn bobbins for our argyl socks but a) I still need a way to distinguish between the two bobbins of main color and b) the bobbins seem to pull out if I drop them off my lap/table. I wanted to try to see if yarn bobbins would help keep the yarn short. I didn’t find much on etsy or yarn websites like webs or knitpicks. I was tickled to find cute sheep bobbins in different colors at one booth. Teresa, Ruth, and I bought different colors so we could exchange.
So my first wool gathering was a success. I found beautiful yarn for a pair of socks as well as a contact to get vibrant colored Christmas sock yarn. And I got some reasonable priced and cute yarn bobbins. It was fun to go with a group. Not sure I feel it’s a “have to go” trip but I would go next year as part of a group. I’m probably less excited because of the big yarn show that will be in Columbus for Vogue Live Knitting the first weekend in November. That’s a “once in a life time” event in Ohio so next year the Wool Gathering will be the only yarn event.