Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Strange Folk

The Strange Folk Festival is getting near! Are you planning on coming out?

I've ordered some special items for the table. Hopefully they will arrive soon. I'll be on pins and needles until UPS gets here. I still have to wind them--luckily I have help with that, dye them, rewind, label and organize all of this. Yikes! Please get here soon, UPS!

I haven't decided on how to do the colors on the special yarns yet, but I have some ideas:

-2-ply dk/light worsted silk
I will only have 8 150g skeins of this. I'm thinking 2 skeins each of 4 bright hand painted colors. I'm open to suggestions, though.

-50 merino wool/50 silk fingering weight--sinfully soft!
I'll have about 5 pounds of this. This is such a wonderful and luxurious yarn that I'm a little nervous to do my normal seen from space colors. This yarn would be good for lace shawls and scarves, so I think semi-solids would be most appropriate.

superwash merino/rayon from bamboo sock yarn
Heh. Heh. Heh. Put your sunglasses on. You're going to need them.

-warp cotton
I don't know much about weaving, but I thought I would try a few pounds of an inexpensive warp cotton. It would make a nice knitting yarn, too, so I think I'll hand paint them. I would like to create painted warps, but I'll need to pick the brain of a weaver before I do that. I know, of course, HOW to dye the yarn, but I'm not sure if the strands need to be organized in any particular way before being put in to a braid for sale. Are there any weavers out there who can help me out?

-silk thread
Perfect for embroidery, hand sewing, quilting, tatting or fine lace projects. I think I'm going to do this in strong variegated colors, but not necessarily the seen from space colors.

-those sock bags my mom makes that everyone, including me, likes so much

I'm also bringing my regular stock:

-Cotton Slub sport weight yarn
-superwash merino roving/top
-Australian wool top for spinning and felting
-sock yarn
-some sport and dk yarns
-and maybe a pattern pamphlet or leaflets. Maybe. I've submitted 2 designs for publication and I'm supposed to hear back this week. If it isn't accepted I am going to try and get them written up in time for Strange Folk.

I'm getting excited! Are you?

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