Fiber festivals are a wonderful place to meet people - people with whom you wouldn't connect otherwise. This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Christiane Burkhard of Lismi Knits. Christiane has designed several patterns including Patches Baby Sweater for the new Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders book. If you haven't seen this book yet, it's definitely worth your while to take a look.
Christiane showed me one of her new designs, a shawl. I loved the pattern, and we were discussing it. The pattern doesn't have a name, and Christiane is running a contest to name it. One thing led to another, and before you knew it we had collaborated on the naming contest. The winner of the contest will get a copy of the pattern and a skein of Dirty Water DyeWorks yarn. Pop on over to Christiane's blog and have a go at naming that pattern.
There's another contest underway - a turkey naming contest. WEBS has an adorable turkey pattern - almost as cute as the penguins and polar bears. Name that turkey and win a prize.
Even though my shopping time at Fiber Festival of New England was limited, I did manage to come home with a couple of items. Near the end of the day on Sunday I dashed to Buckwheat Bridge Angoras for a little something. Buckwheat Bridge is a sustainable farm that is solar and wind powered. Their products are made only with the fiber they produce on their farm.
This is a Kid Mohair/Cormo Wool blend. They had a whole wall full of tempting colors. It was a hard decision, but I fell for the splashes of orange in this colorway. This yarn is calling me, and I think I may have to cast on . . . soon.
I have a weakness for coffee mugs so when I stumbled across these at Hither and Yarn I just had to get one. It's in keeping with my orange theme and has a great message.