The VKL NYC Marketplace was filled with wonderful choices and never-ending ways to spend money! However, having recently organized my stash, I was well aware of the multitude of projects already awaiting my attention.
Add to that two classes that left me uninspired, I wandered around on Saturday feeling that nothing was leaping out at me.
I had also very carefully planned my purchases ahead of time. I printed out 9 patterns from Ravelry and noted the yarn needs for each. 460 yards of fingering for one, 900 yards of DK for another, etc. I was so proud of myself for creating a structure in which to shop.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Throw all that preparation and organization to the winds!
If I was tempted by something…I just had to find the right color and I was IN!
The icebreaker (my first purchase): I came upon the booth for Jill Draper Makes Stuff. I had really admired her yarns at the VKL Marketplace a couple of years ago, took her card with the intention of getting something later, and have also favorited her Etsy shop, but I have never made an actual purchase. Time to stop the procrastination! I bought this skein of Esopus (fingering weight) in the color Caribbean with the intent to use it for one of the pieces in the Curls book I recently purchased. But then in my Beading 101 class, this very yarn was mentioned as great for knitting with beads. So we shall see how it ends up…
Then I purchased 3 skeins of Rustic Fingering from Neighborhood Fiber, one of my favorite shops. The yarn names are after different neighborhoods in Baltimore: The purple-y one is called Lauraville, the brown-orange is Lincoln Park, and the green-yellow is Fells Point . I purchased these for the Color Affection shawl. I wanted colors in the same tone, but that you might not automatically think go together, which is what I think will make this shawl really pop (or go terribly wrong!).
It’s interesting to watch my own tastes in colors, fibers, and weights change over the years. When I was growing up, my absolute favorite color was yellow. Over the past decade or so, it has been gray (because gray goes with Everything!). Since DDSO passed away, I gravitated back to yellow, as it was his favorite color. Now, I find myself going more for pinks (!) (I know, what’s up with that?) and sparkly yarn. I also bought only fingering weight yarn this year, whereas before I usually liked working with DK. And prior to this year’s purchases, I would Never buy yarn with nylon or acrylic. EEK! I have let down that guard too. But I had to because that seems to be a necessary component for the sparkly yarns. It’s all about choices!
Next up: Sparkly fingering weight yarns. This is Holiday Yarns: Silver Sock Fingering in Muse (shades of blue) and Highlighter (great name! for this bright yellow). Each of which I thought could be used to make the Manhattan shawl.
Okay, I was done. It was Saturday, after two classes and the gala dinner was going to start in an hour. I decided that there was nothing really calling my name and that was it.
Well, wouldn’t you know. My Sunday morning class was held in a room within the Marketplace! Fate? <smile!> Sure. So during our break, I rushed over to the Woolstock booth to buy these flexible rods for blocking. Leslye Solomon’s company makes them and I have been tempted to buy them since the first class I took with her at the 2nd VKL. Not a very exciting purchase, but it should make the blocking process a whole lot easier and more effective.
When the class was over, I took a last stroll through the Marketplace. I thought about buying a swift but a handmade maple swift for $200+ was not on my list. But what was on my list was to get yarn for these socks (yes! I know! socks?! usually not my thing). But I really like the creator and her blog, and the design, Shersocks, is tempting (enough to do them!).
Here’s the yarn I got for them. It’s Simple Sock from Kismet Fiber Works in Michigan Cherry and Limoncello. I don’t think the photo gives the colors justice. I decided to do the heel in the design color (Michigan Cherry) and not purchase a 3rd color. Hopefully the colors will turn out more vibrant when I take pictures of the completed project. (This year!)
And then, on my way out, I felt I just had to stop at this one booth at the “end cap” (from my merchandising days) where the guy always said hello when I passed by. Turns out Molly Girl Yarn is from the next county over…so very happy to support them! I picked this lovely Diva Fingering yarn in the color “Alive for the First Time” to do some kind of beaded piece, having just come out of Beading 101.
Laura Nelkin, the Beading instructor, had given us coupons to buy knitting beading kits on Ravelry or her Etsy store, and I have indulged! Those are not VKL Marketplace purchases, so I’ll save them for another post.
I have enough to keep me busy for awhile.