Yarn, Coffee and Pastries

It doesn’t get any better than that.

knitted samples

I spent last weekend at the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle, sponsored by our own Nordic Heritage Museum.  Teachers and students from around the country (and beyond), housed in a wonderful old brick building.  Plus a discovery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood of the best pastry I’ve ever had.  And that’s saying something (I’m constantly researching!)

many colored balls of yarn

When I walked into my first class I saw a dozen or so balls of yarn waiting for us.  The class was titled, “Two-color Garter stitch, and the instructor supplied the yarn for us.  She was from Sweden, and had brought along yarn from a small spinnery in Sweden,Ostergotlands Ullspinneri AB .

yellow-green and multicolored yarn

The owner of the spinnery had come along to the conference, and brought some of this lovely yarn along to sell at the gift shop (it’s unavailable in the U.S.)  I usually wait until the last day of these things, and then have to choose from among the picked-over goods.  Not this time–I took one look at the few beautiful skeins she had brought along and pounced.  Three hundred meters per skein–into the stash it goes.

gray angora yarn hank

And a skein of Toots LeBlanc & Co. luxuriou$ 60/40 Merino/Angora–the fingering weight in light gray.  The scarf she had in this gorgeous stuff was like a cloud.

All in all, a terrific weekend.  New goodies to post in to my stash on Ravelry.

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