Stash Enhancement at SSK

Back and almost rested from the SuperSummerKnittogether (SSK) retreat in Nashville. 

  • It was so boring. 
  • I learn nothing new.  
  • No one was interesting. 
  • I didn’t spend any money on yarn. 

NONE OF THE ABOVE IS TRUE. NONE!

ALL OF THE BELOW ARE TRUE!!!!

  • I did pace myself and planned rest times. 
  • I did walk almost 10k and yoga everyday. 
  • I stayed well within my ketogenic diet. The chef was wonderful accommodating it. 
  • I met SO MANY wonderful & interesting people.
  • I played with every spinning wheel and spindle possible. 
  • I tried on lots and lots of handknit garments. 
  • I bought almost everything on my fiber wish list. 
  • I learned great tips from wonderful instructors, Thea Coleman and Romi Hill. 
  • I learned great tips from vendor Jeri Brock. (I have one of her Turkish spindles. But didn’t know how to ply my singles.)

Takeaways:

Being ketogenic outside my house is not easy but doable. (People think it’s high protein and can’t understand the high fat part.) The quickest way is carrying a small bottle of MCT oil. I used it with apple cider vinegar for salad dressing. And drizzled over other veggies & protein. I didn’t take ketostix to check. When I got home I did a test. Still in the highest range.

I’ve sort of settled on the spinning thing. Will post more about this soon. 

First things first. 

Here’s the stuff I bought. 

I started a week early by shopping online:

I showed you this last week. Leading Men Fiber Midnight Rendezvous in Soliliquy base gradient kit. I didn’t have a plan until midway through the retreat. It will be a Steven West’s Dotted Rays shawl. The garter sections with be light to dark. The eyelet section will be dark to light. 

Amy Florence of Stranded Dyeworks posted this speckled beauty in Instagram. I had to have one plus she was also going to be at SSK as an attendee. It was the only thing I knitted during the retreat. I added 2 skeins of a beautiful grey. No clue what the grey will be.

Stranded Dyeworks fingering in Street Art & Magpie

We took 12-15 people on a three hour tour of the local yarn shops. At Bliss in Brentwood, found the cotton in grey and cream I need for a toddler’s dress. Fell in love with a textured gradient and found a solid teal to make a striped shawl. No pattern selected for either. 

Last stop was Haus of Yarn. I was in decision fatigue. We left early. 

These were all BEFORE SSK started. 

Spinning decision was on Thursday. 

Friday was busy with two workshops, supported spindle demo and the Try-It-On room. All kinds of handknit garments and accessories to try on and admire.  No shopping, just planning & strategizing for Saturday market. 

I found a beautiful sweater in Wandering Wool grey in the Try-It-On room. 

The plan: 

At least one sock blank at Gale’s Arts 

Grey merino silk for a sweater

Fibers to experiment with spinning

Oooh….what fiber? I know I prefer blue face leister (BFL) more than merino. There’s a little bit of sheen in the finished yarn that I like. What else is there?

I’ll see what’s in the market on Saturday. Turns out most had merino. Some had hand dyed BFL. Only two vendors had other fibers. 

I bought natural Romney from Ross Farms. They specialize in rare breeds of sheep. Gale’s Art was a surprise. I bought Dyed BFL, undyed BFL, organic Polwarth and organic Polwarth with silk. I’m very excited to play with all of them. But my spinning friend suggested what order to spin. And as she came to the last Polwarth with silk. She said I will want to spin only this one from now on. It is SO soft. 

I had a lot of fluff in my shopping bag. 

Fibers from Gale’s Art & Ross Farms


Only one sock yarn and one sock blank. 

Gale’s Art sock blank & Knittyandcolor fingering


A great t-shirt. 

Gusler Designs t-shirt & post cards


And one set of sweater quantity merino/silk blend in grey. I wanted Wandering Wool, but she was out. This one was at Western Sky Knits.

Western Sky Knits


One last purchase. After seeing what a few friends have been finding. I ordered linen at Haus of Yarn. It will be Meridian cardigan by Shellie Anderson. 

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