Michelle met us with coffee and awesome muffins, and we headed out as soon as we all had arrived. Our first stop was the home of some fabulous alpaca! where Kelly showed us her alpaca and we learned about alpaca farming/owning and the things that alpaca owners think about.
Our travels took us to the Morehouse Merino Wool store. We wandered around the amazing store for quite some time. Not only was this place HUGE, but it also had a huge array of colors, other kinds of wool paraphernalia (roving and mats for dogs and all sorts of cute things like ram dolls). They had a huge selection of books to peruse as well. While I was there, I walked away with a kit for making a beret. I'm pretty excited about it and the wool is sooooo splendidly soft! I was tossing it back and forth as to whether I wanted to get the yarn for the Berkshire Pullover from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. I would get the bulky Morehouse merino yarn that the pattern calls for in a blue tint called Moonlight (which I just noticed isn't on the website....*cringe*). It looks like a quick and easy knit, and the yarn was soooo soft. I'm feeling really stupid for not having bought it. But I should at least figure out if I'm getting any money back from the government for my taxes before I spend it (and damnit I'd better be getting some back!).
Anyway, after that we went through woods and on some nice dirt twisty roads. We had fun in the car. And we wound up somewhere called Countrywool. It was a really cute store. There was all sorts of different kinds of yarn there (including some forbiddingly soft cashmere!). In fact, I have a confession to make; until we went to Countrywool, I was pretty sure I didn't like Cascade at all. I probably based this on the Peruvian wool that I used to make my cousin's hat. The yarn kept splitting and it was scratchy and all that. I thought it was cheap. However, I have renewed my interests in Cascade. I liked making the socks for my mom out of Fixation, and am thinking of making my brother's sweater out of their superwash wool (cause damnit, he's gonna toss it into the washer anyway). It was soft enough for me to consider it, and I think the stitches would show up well in it. Each ball has a decent amount of yardage too, so there might not be that many ends.
We grabbed lunch in Rhinebeck, home of the most amazing fiber festival ever, and headed off again to Yarn Central. This place is home of Schaffer Yarns, and the Schaffer Yarns yarn they had there was pretty nice. They also had a lot of Berroco Yarns and other stuff. The woman there was so nice! It was so happy and cozy!!
After that short stop, we headed back to the road and over to Kelly's house to see the yarns she gets out of those beautiful alpacas. Que the "I can't decides."
Here's Michelle debating which yarns she should get:
I ended up walking away with some yarn from Luna and some from an alpaca that wasn't Kelly's but that I couldn't resist because it was just so soft. She told me the name of the alpaca, but I've since forgotten it. We spent about an hour there. And this is what Michelle still looked like:
Of everyone, I probably got the least amount of yarn. I've been trying to deplete the stash before I get into more new yarn. However, I'm seriously regretting not getting the Morehouse merino bulky yarn. I have no doubt, however, that I will end up going there sometime in the near future. I've also heard that they're at the Union Square market, which is both exhilarating and frightening. I can like, call them and ask them to bring 9 balls of the desired color and they might do just that. This is a sort of yarn buying that is highly dangerous. But I'm very excited about starting the Birdwatcher's beret. It'll probably be done really quickly. I'm still working on the Embossed Leaves Socks, I have to put the neck on Angie, and I still need to get jump rings for the Hip Scarf that I'm designing. With all these projects, I think I'll have to put the Berkshire Pullover on the backburner for now (which is where it kind of started anyway).