This is when I do most of my fiber, yarn and tool shopping.
I was on the lookout for a small drop spindle. The one and only I had is quite heavy at 3 ounces. The new ones are lovely and quite light at 0.77 and 0.98 ounces.
I also wanted to look for black yarn, white yarn and unusual rovings. I forgot to look for the yarn but I was not disappointed with the selection of rovings and clouds.
First was a Romney Lamb + Alpaca blend. I don't know what it is, but I love the way sheep's wool smells. :-)
Cotton was everywhere. Surprising because I had not seen it on prior years. I picked up a naturally colored brown sliver,
a white sliver,
and a large amount of Ginned Cotton.
The white cotton sliver is much softer than the brown cotton which makes sense since the white cotton has been bred for a much longer. I'm very excited about the Ginned Cotton... there are little seeds in there that has me thinking I may be able to plant and grow my own... of course I'm sure that a huge amount of work. ;-)
There is also some de-haired Bison in cloud form that is especially soft,
and a Bison + Tussah Silk roving.
Pure silk in a lovely cinnamon color that is not as silky as one might expect. I have only spun silk in blends, so this one will be quite an adventure.
A lovely cloud of cashmere,
And I added to my cashmere+silk stash. This is a 50/50 blend. :-)
And finally, the pièce de résistance, Qiviut! This will need to be de-haired, but even the guard hair is super soft.
If it seems like quite a haul, I would have to agree. But I always go with a canvas bag and cash in my pocket. I'm done when either my bag is full or my pocket is empty... as you can see the bag was full, and I can tell you that my pocket was within a few dollars of being completely empty. ;-)
I hope that you are having a fabulous Fiber Arts Friday. :-)