Saturday, October 19, 2013
So today I went to a local Fleece Festival. I thought I would have the opportunity to get some lovely new yarn, but -- since I am chock full of wool at home already -- I was looking for bargains or unusual finds. I particularly love a good handspun yarn (something made by a person with their own spinning wheel), but those are naturally quite expensive, and I did not see anything much that truly caught my eye.
There were a lot of accessories being sold, though, as well as yarn.
The other day I was just going through my shawl pins, since I have plenty of shawls. Now that I have lost so much weight and winter is coming, I find myself grabbing a shawl more often when the air gets a bit chilly. And when I put the shawl on, I also look for a shawl pin to hold the shawl in place when it's wrapped around me.
I've bought different types of shawl pins, and found (unfortunately) that the style that combines a stick with a big 'O' is not for me. I much prefer the stick by itself, or a stick that goes through a decorative piece that is more elongated.
Hence the three new shawl pins I bought at the Fleece Festival today:
The leftmost one is a plain stick made of copper wire. (Unfortunately, the low resolution of the photograph makes it hard to see.) The middle one is a stick that looks a bit like a shepherd's crook, that goes through a decorative, S-shaped top piece. The third is a very hefty stick (by shawl pin standards) made of carved wood and bone.
I have used my current knitting project, a plain shawl in a silk/wool blend, as a display piece for the shawl pins.