Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lorna's Laces tour and sale

One of the perks of being a member of the Windy City Knitting Guild is the privilege of being able to attend their annual Lorna's Laces tour. Not only do you get to see where all the magic happens and see a dyeing demo, but part of the event also included a mill-ends sale. Whee, sale!

The sale started at 10 am, but people got there good and early. Only 20 people were let into the sale at a time (space issues, it's really hard to believe that ALL of Lorna's Laces comes out of a few not-particularly-enormous rooms), so everyone got a number in the order of their arrival. I didn't manage to wake up early enough and got there at 9, so I was #40. To be in the first 20, I would've had to get there around 8, or maybe even earlier.

The sale was....rather overwhelming. While waiting outside for my turn I saw all these people walk out with bags stuffed full of the most beautiful yarn. By the time I made it in there, most of the stuff was pretty picked over and it was hard to find sufficient quantities of colours that I liked (i.e. lots of single sock yarn skeins, argh!). Which was probably a good thing, I went in telling myself I wouldn't spend too much money and I did manage to stick pretty well to my budget.

So, what did I walk away with? 4 skeins of Shepherd Sock in Child's Play and Glenwood, and 3 skeins of Shepherd Worsted in Aslan. I LOVE the Aslan colourway, and the Shepherd Worsted is the softest yarn ever. I have no idea what I'll do with it, perhaps yet another Clapotis?

Lornas Laces mill ends

We also got to see some yarn being dyed in the Lakeview colourway (which I must get some of, since that's where I live after all!), here's a rather bad photo of the yarn on the dyeing table.

Lornas Laces tour_02

And after the yarn is baked and rinsed, all the skeins get hung up to dry.

Lornas Laces tour_03

It was a fun morning, although the weather left much to be desired (cold, rainy). Spring, where the heck are you?


Alice said...

Oooh the Aslan is the prettiest yarn ever! I am absolutely jealous. It sounds like such a fun day!

Esoteric Knitter said...

How fun! I'm so jealous. :)

Karen said...

Wah! Awesome!!! The tour looks so interesting! Seeing all the yarns strung up like that is really neat. And what pretty yarn you managed to score!! Glad you had fun despite the weather.

Marie said...

What an amazing sight! The yarns are gorgeous.

Captain said...

It's interesting to get a glimpse of their workspace. I wasn't sure if they'd let you take photos or not -- so glad you could. Thanks for sharing. With any luck I will get to take the tour next year.

Adrienne said...

Yes Captain, you must come next year!

Bette said...

Keep up the good work.