Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Sunday, June 13, 2004
Estes Park Wool Market 2004

Lucky me, I spent yesterday in the beautiful Colorado mountains at the Estes Park Wool Market. And what did I get at the Estes Park Wool Market? Since I had designated early in the year that it would be one of the "special events" at which I would allow myself to buy yarn, I could have gone crazy purchasing some of the gorgeous and exotic yarns that many of the vendors had. Instead I chose to use almost all my money on **new spindles**!.

My first purchase was at the Woolly Designs booth. Tracy Eichheim is once again making spindles and what wonderful spindles they are. I'd heard good things about them, and the pictures on his web site show them to be quite beautiful... but I'm not one to buy before trying. I'm pleased to report they spin as wonderful as they look. I could not decide on one, so I ended up with two.

left: Sun Moon and Star's low whorl. right: Kokopelli high whorl.

My next purchase was at the Handspun by Stefania booth. I was quite taken by a polymer spindle by Michelle Fox of Fox Den Fiber Arts. The other spindle that immediately caught my eye was one by Steven Kundert. I had been considering one exactly like it that has been on The Bellwethersite for quite some time.

left: Fox Den Fiber Arts Polymer, right: Steven Kundert Zig-Zag in Wenge, Pau Amarillo, Cherry, Maple, Walnut w/Walnut shaft

I was happy with my two purchases when who should arrive at the booth other than Gabe Jaramillo, the maker of Cascabeles Spindles. I have one of the first Cascables that I bought years ago, it is beautiful but not the greatest spinner. But after reading Staisia's recent post about how much she liked her new Cascables, I decided I should take closer look at what Gabe was bringing to the market. Stasia was right, I ended up with two. :)

left: Wormy Alabama Apple on Wormy Alabama Apple w/ freshwater pearls, Mahogany shaft. right:Ebony on Wormy Spalted Maple w/hematite beads and turquoise chips, Maple shaft.

Next stop was the Bountiful booth. As usual, Lois and Bud had dozens of gorgeous Greensleeves Spindles. I have a lot of spindles I really like, but for sheer beauty, variety of size and weight, shape and wood, nothing compares to what is produced by Bart and Elizabeth of Greensleeves. And they spin well too! I found three that had to go home with me. I also brought home a pound of Lois' lovely Alpine Meadow Fiber in Black Lake VI colorway.

left to right: Bountiful Rose in Pau Amarillo, Paduak, Tulipwood and ??? w/Paduak shaft, Fox in Birds Eye Maple and Bolivian Rosewood w/Ebony shaft, Katharines Cup in two kinds of Mahogany w/ Mahogany shaft

Non-spindle related purchases included a Spalted Enlgish Beech lucet from Susan at Susan's Fiber Shop. I also purchased Eileen Hallman's *excellent* charka video. I watched it this morning and I already believe I may someday be able to use that charka I bought on sale last year!

The final purchase was a pattern for a shawl. The designer is Rita O'Connell of Earth Heart Designs presently residing in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, soon to relocate to somehwhere in the northlands. The pattern is called "Eyelet Ridge Shawl Variations" and it's really a bunch of different shawls based on one simple garter/eyelet ridge stitch. The one that really caught my eye was one that had a beaded, twisted fringe knit on to the edge as you go. I've never seen this technique used or described anywhere else.

So that's the story - I bought no yarn at all but lots of other goodies instead.

Next thing on the agenda here at WhiteStar is PUPPIES!!!! Aliy is due anytime after today... my guess is it will be around Wednesday. She was x-rayed on Friday and we saw four puppies in there ready and waiting to come out. If you want to keep up to date on what's happening with her, checkout her blog for all the up to to the date information.

That's all from the high plains today!

Anne at 12:01 PM        

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on the needles
30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions

29. Rosedale
Patons SWS

28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro

27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS

26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble

25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull

24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair

23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky

22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece

21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool

20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim

19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud

18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel

17. Mystery Stole 2
Crazy Monkey Lace

16. Petticoat Sallops
Opal Petticoat

15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk

14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life

13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk

12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace

11. Evergreen Cardi

10. Mystery Shawl 3

9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock

8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace

7. Follow the Leader Aran
BS Naturespun Worsted

6. Peacock Feathers lace

5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze

4. Sampler Shawl
Starmore Campion

3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca

2. Leaf Lace Shawl
Misti Alpaca Lace

1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool


finished in 2006
1/21 - Shadow of Love Socks
1/31 - Pineapple Jacket
2/5 - Smokin' Blueberry Socks
2/7 - Angora Fingerless Mitts
3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
4/2 - Felted Clogs
4/15 - Violets by the River
5/3 - Felted Hedgehog
5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor


finished in 2005
1/21 - Seascape Shawl
2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
12/29 - Red, Red, RED! Scarf


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