|Into the Whirled Sock Yarn|
|Into the Whirled booth at the fair|
Next, I met Jill Draper. Yep, the Jill Draper. We were chatting at her booth, and all of a sudden I said, "You're Jill Draper! I love you!" Her mother, sitting and spinning quietly, burst out with a belly laugh like Santa Claus. "Well, I love her, too." Jill showed me some of her recent designs, and we chatted about festivals we've worked, classes we like, and of course, yarn. I picked up some cerulean blue angora/silk, and I can't wait to make it into a cozy cowl for the upcoming chilly season. I thought I'd give it to my daughter, but I just might keep it for myself!
I also was lucky enough to meet Jennifer, intrepid owner of Holiday Yarns. Jennifer is like a caffeinated version of the knitter I want to be when I grow up. I love her spunk, her joyful colorways, and the fact that she has a little bit of an edge to her. After chatting a bit, we decided to collaborate on a menswear pattern with her "Super Sheep" yarn. It's DK weight sock yarn, and it's very "shproingy". It's got great loft, which makes for toasty toes. I'm so excited! And check out her new "Bacon" colorway. Delicious and no animals are harmed because it's all wool.
|Julia, from Dirty Water Dyeworks|