Yarn Travels: DFW Fiber Fest 2011

Last weekend I decided to make a quick stop over at the DFW Fiber Fest. It seemed to be mainly geared toward classes and such, however I really just went for the yarn. This was my first time going so I left extremely early (for a Saturday) because A) there’s highway construction near Grapevine and B) I wanted to be one of the first people to hit up the Madelinetosh table.

For a scant $2 I had access to the Vendor Showroom. I wanted to take some photos of what it looked like but it was so early and quiet in the room I figured I’d not bother with taking the camera out. But boy, when they say Fiber they mean fiber!! It looked to be a spinner’s paradise, there was gobs of unspun wool. It was fun seeing so much in one place! I didn’t stay too long but I did leave with some lovelies I’d like to share with you.

I only bought 7 skeins. Yes, I said only. When I go yarn shopping I always manage coming away with a double-digit amount. No wonder I have such a huge stash… The top left is Malabrigo Rios in Azul Profundo. It’s a gorgeous deep blue and it’s so squishy! I think it’s going to be either a hat or cowl one day.

The skein just under the Malabrigo is from Alisha Goes Around. I’ve heard of them before but I can’t remember where from. Their yarns are amazingly beautiful! I could only get a mediocre shot of what I bought, but you have to see the bits of brown they’ve incorporated. It really is quite stunning. This is a skein of their Stable (of Horses) DK. I’m not sure of the colorway. I hope to find out one day. It’s also squishy and it smells awesome. I love the smell of yarn. ♥

Besides those two everything else is Madelinetosh…of course. I spent about 20 minutes in that one booth trying to narrow down which colors I wanted. I’m still kicking myself because I really should have picked up more Tosh Merino Light. This particular skein makes me sigh from happiness.

The colorway is called Duchess. The closest I can describe the color is “black pink” which sounds odd, but it’s literally the best way to visualize what it looks like.

These are the Tosh DK skeins I picked up to complement each other. The one on the left is Tern and the other one is Georgia O’Keefe which is perfectly named. The color has such depth, I could stare at it for hours and never be bored. Growing up with an artist (my sister) I’ve developed a fondness for anything that can display color vividly and beautifully at the same time. And lastly…

Tosh Sock in Smokestack (left) and Clematis – Pale (right). These two are the ones I debated over the longest. Madelinetosh has a darker version of Clematis and it was difficult to choose. Finally, I picked up the light grey and compared the two against it. The pale version won and I can already envision what these two will become. For right now, I’ll just keep that to myself. :)

So there you have it. Another successful trip and nothing got hurt. Well, maybe my wallet a little, but you have to find some type of pleasure in life. This one is it for me. Alrighty, I’m off to put together another pattern. Nobody told me how time-consuming that is!