Last Saturday I conned my best friend who was visiting from out of town into going with me to the 2008 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma. She’s not into crafty things at all, so there wasn’t much of interest for her there. She was a real trooper, though, and went through the Marketplace with me on my initial round. That was about all the fiber and yarn she could handle, so she sat in the lobby and read her book while I went shopping.

And boy did I shop! Lookie at what’s been added to my stash:

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Two skeins of Socks that Rock lightweight from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, in Carbon Dating and Korppi colorways.

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Two skeins of Shepherd Worsted Multi from Lorna’s Laces in Wazoo.

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More Noro Kureyon Sock yarn (yummy!)

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Wooly Singles from Angora Valley Fibers in Isabella.

I took a few pics at the Marketplace, which are up on my Picasa Web Album. There were a lot of very friendly fellow fiber freaks, and I got to speak with several of them about my new almost-obsession: spinning!

One thing that Kristin saw, which she really liked, were a pair of felted slippers. Her apartment in the Bay Area gets pretty chilly in the winter, and she mentioned she would love felted slippers. That’s where the skein of Wooly Singles comes in!

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I’ve made it past the toe (the pattern I’m using is basically a toe-up sock; new for me!) but so far they look like gigantic socks for an ogre. They’re pretty rad.

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