We had a great time at Color! The location was wonderful, classes were full, and folks came to spin and socialize. We couldn't have asked for more. Well, I wish I had taken pictures. Thankfully others did. Karrie created a Color Flickr group. It was a particularly nice event because so many of the people who came were folks we know.
CNCH was fun too although it was very different. The attendees are mostly weavers who may also spin and knit. I liked seeing the beautiful handwoven garments they were wearing.
I made a few purchases (how can I resist?). In keeping with my current trend, I only seem to be attracted to naturally colored or naturally dyed fibers.
Our booth was next to California Cashmere. Could we have had a more dangerous placement? I got an ounce of their brown cashmere to spin (not pictured). It is the softest, most delicious fiber! I love that it is grown and processed here in northern California. I plan to spin a very fine 2-ply yarn to knit another hat for Roger.
One of my favorite vendors was Shaggy Bear Farms from Oregon. They have a variety of rare breed wools and mohair. The owner had so many cute stories about her animals, I found myself finding excuses to return to her booth.
Some soft mohair (white) and soft pin-drafted Icelandic wool.
Luscious pygora roving in shades of grey. These two colors come from twin goats named Nancy Drew (love that name!) and Punky Brewster. Pygoras are a breed of goats created by cross-breeding pygmy goats which have a soft downy fiber with angora (mohair) goats. The resulting fiber is softer than mohair. I got enough to make a large shawl.
Our other booth neighbor was Spindlewood. Oh my, do they make stunning spindles! So beautifully crafted and finished. I kept wandering over there to try them. You know where this is going right?