5.10.2016

farmers socks at maryland sheep & wool

The first full weekend in May is one that I look forward to every year because it's when the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival is held. This year's event was amazing as always, despite some rather unpredictable weather. I actually didn't mind the cooler temps and was able to comfortably wear my Stopover sweater and farmers socks. The socks were hidden inside my wellies since the ground was a muddy mess after a week of rain. That didn't stop me from visiting every single outside and inside vendor though! As you can see, I made out like a bandit:



Lots of pretty sock yarn. Bartlettyarns sport cone for a yet to be determined grey sweater. A gorgeous ombré from Jill Draper (who is super adorable & sweet in person). Cute little sock stitch markers from Jennie the Potter. A set of Signature Needle Arts dpn's for socks. A nostepinne for winding balls of yarn. Some funny buttons & a handy Folca notions container. I'm rather proud of myself for sticking to my pre-festival list this year. One of the many highlights of this year's festival (eating fried artichokes, petting unbelievably cute animals & spending time with the friendliest people just to name a few) was getting to meet sock knitting expert/teacher, Kate Atherley. She very graciously listened to my gushing praise over her gapless gusset technique :)

Here's a look at my farmers socks:


I absolutely loved knitting these. Yarn is from SpunRightRound who is one of my favorite indie dyers. The pattern is a great choice for showing off variegated yarns and was simple yet interesting to knit.

7 comments:

  1. LOVE! What great spoils you came away with from there.

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  2. Definitely a great haul. I love the Farmer's socks nice and long for wellies. Thank you for the pattern link! I'm always looking for something that will go well with a variegated yarn, though lately all I have been doing is vanilla socks, but that's okay. They are pretty good at keeping me happy :)

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  3. Love your socks and stash! I wish I had worn my wellies to MDSW...my yoga pants were covered in mud!

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  4. What a lovely set of purchases! I've been very jealous of everyone posting their hauls. I'll be leaving for Germany soon and definitely have to set a list/budget because I'm heading to the Wollmeise store! So much yarn, so much money. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. such gorgeous new acquisitions!! hooray for festivals with that much yarny goodness. And I do indeed love those socks, you did a bang up job.

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  6. SpunRightRound is a favourite of mine too, the colours are always so stunning! And your new stash is gorgeous, great purchases all of them!

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  7. Love your new yarn addition so much! Perfect choice!

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