Yarn Weekend – September 25th – 27th 2015 – Yarn Crawl and Farmers Market

 


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hello and welcome to the special mini

 

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episode of the freakish lemon video

 

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podcast i am your host to the freakish

 

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lemon I go by adrian and i use masculine

 

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pronouns as you saw from the first part

 

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of this video we did a little video tour

 

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of the fiber friends and fun Yarn Crawl

 

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put on by the western connecticut yarn

 

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Council and the special fiber weakened

 

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by the Coventry farmers market add a lot

 

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of fun this weekend going to all these

 

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different places we went to all seven

 

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yarn shops in the yard crawl and I

 

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bought something from every single store

 

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yes I did so this part of the video is

 

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basically a haul video I’m going to show

 

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you the stuff that I bought because

 

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otherwise my next episode is going to be

 

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the longest episode on the face of the

 

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planet so excuse the crinkling there

 

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will be a lot of it that’s how I’ve

 

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managed to keep everything separate so I

 

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can film this yeah let’s go through it

 

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the first yarn shop we stopped at was

 

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New England yarn and spindle in bristol

 

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connecticut and i bought a skein of

 

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plymouth yarn company ninety percent

 

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superwash merino 10% nylon happy feet

 

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100 splash hand dyed speckle yarn i

 

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couldn’t walk away from it I was just

 

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hanging out there I couldn’t walk away

 

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it’s so lovely there’s a bunch of

 

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different blues and there’s some yellow

 

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and some purple a little bit of pink but

 

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mostly blues and there’s both this like

 

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Navy type blue and this more kind of a

 

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greenish blue teal color I’m very

 

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excited to work with this

 

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yes it’s it’s clear that I don’t go to

 

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these yarn stores often enough because

 

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I’m trying to bust so much stash because

 

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every single one of them surprised me

 

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with their stock I had no idea that

 

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Bristol carried speckle yarn and things

 

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so I bought that in Bristol if you look

 

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on a map you’ll see that we did this

 

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circuit for the first day because then

 

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we moved on to Avon and Avon was kind

 

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enough to give us these Official Yarn

 

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Crawl bags where I’ve got everything

 

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stuffed and there I bought some

 

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malabrigo Rios in the colorway compar

 

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cita which is a merino superwash at a

 

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worsted weight it looks a little brown

 

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in my little screen it’s more of a

 

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burgundy dark reddish color

 

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new string

 

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yes that’s what I bought neiva I tried

 

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to minimize it too I had a list of

 

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things um I mostly stuck to my list

 

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mostly mostly stuck to my list this

 

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buckle yarn was not on my list but I

 

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mostly stuck to my list of things that i

 

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knew i was going to be making soon so

 

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that’s we bought in avon then we moved

 

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on to in sheep’s clothing in torrington

 

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where i bought two skeins of the stellar

 

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Jacques by Adria Phil I don’t know what

 

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I’m guessing the colors just this number

 

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which is zero 8000 five on to present

 

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superwash wool I’m very excited to work

 

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with that

 

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sorry again for the noise of the bag

 

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although the street and then we went

 

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over to black sheep yarns in Kent where

 

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I didn’t buy any yarn but I got some

 

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decently priced Jaggu 32 inch circular

 

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needles I got one in this size one the

 

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2.25 millimeter and decide 0 2

 

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millimeter they’re really good price

 

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actually because i think you get them

 

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for eight dollars on amazon and these

 

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were nine so that’s really not that much

 

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of a bump for a local yarn store to have

 

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so that was worth it because I do need a

 

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pair of ones to swatch for that sweater

 

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and I found out that my gauge going from

 

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dpns to Magic Loop but the chow goose

 

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goes up so if i want to make socks for

 

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myself using my usual stitch count and

 

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type of fabric think i need to go down

 

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to the US zeros you can’t ever have too

 

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many mute too many what and you can’t

 

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have too many needles right I mean come

 

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on we’re knitters that is what we do

 

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so that was on friday on saturday we

 

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went to the remaining three yarn shops

 

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because of where they’re located in the

 

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state first we went to a stitch in time

 

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in Bethel and this is where I splurge

 

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this is oh okay this is where I went

 

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off-book a little bit I had planned to

 

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get some lace wait to do a lace weight

 

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Pebble Beach shawl which I did I got

 

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this Jagger spun I’m not sure if that’s

 

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how you pronounce that jagg er um Zephyr

 

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which is 50% wolf fifty percent silk

 

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hundred grams so approximately eleven

 

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hundred and twenty yards I got one in

 

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indigo and one in steel which actually

 

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was a pretty good price and then I

 

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treated myself a little bit because this

 

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place had madelinetosh unicorn tails so

 

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I got the Magnolia leaf cuz I’ve never

 

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worked with madelinetosh before dad you

 

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know full scans and everything but these

 

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were five or six dollars so you know

 

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nice sample size and then she also had

 

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random mini scans for a few dollars so i

 

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got this I don’t know what it is but um

 

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it’s like a muted olive green blue

 

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reddish color it’s really nice and I’m

 

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going to put at least some of it into my

 

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my cozy memories blanket but I’ll

 

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probably have a lot left over because

 

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he’s this is a big Minnie scheme so

 

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eventually I will be doing mini skein

 

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swaps again probably the yarn gasm

 

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podcast group because there’s a lot of

 

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people trading many scans there but um

 

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yeah if you trade minis with me you

 

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might expect to see some of this mystery

 

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yarn in what I send you that is a

 

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wonderful store the Bethel store um I

 

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mean all these stores are great stores

 

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but the Bethel one it’s probably the

 

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biggest set of all the yarn stores and

 

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half of it is yarn and half of it is

 

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knit needlepoint so there’s a lot of

 

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variety of things to look at that’s a

 

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hard one to walk out of without buying

 

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lots of things so then we went down to

 

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Nancy o in ridgefield which it’s another

 

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half and half store it’s half yarn shop

 

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and it looks like half consignment type

 

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fancy things i’m not sure but there’s

 

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like clothing and jewelry and things on

 

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the other half of the store i didn’t

 

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really look there but uh and i didn’t

 

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buy any yarn either um because there

 

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wasn’t anything that was grabbing me at

 

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that store but i did buy some soap will

 

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wash in the yuzu scent which is like a

 

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citrusy scent

 

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because I’m running low and you can

 

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never have too much will wash if you’re

 

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a knitter so that’s always good and then

 

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we went on to westport yarns in westport

 

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which is my sick my sister’s local yarn

 

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shop she lives a whole three blocks away

 

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from it and I ended up buying some

 

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Wonderland yarns pigments of imagination

 

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march hare it says March Hare here and

 

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it says goats beard here so I’m not sure

 

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what’s what but it’s this lovely light

 

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total gray worsted weight superwash

 

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merino I did not know that Wonderland

 

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yarns was um died by frabjous fibers

 

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I’ve spun with frabjous fibers fiber

 

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before and I really like how that fiber

 

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spends up so I’m excited to work with

 

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this because I mean you can tell it’s

 

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tonal but it’s hard to see exactly how

 

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it’ll turn out when it’s all stained up

 

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but um I’m excited and it’s very squishy

 

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it’s a squishy yarn yes

 

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she also gave me a tape measure my

 

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support yarns tape measure um who was it

 

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Avon also i had a goody bag to go with

 

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it Avon the Avon store the end pearls I

 

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don’t know if I mentioned that Nitin

 

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pearls is the name of the Avon store

 

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they have their own brand of tea now so

 

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we got a little goodie bag that had a

 

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package of tea in it and a couple of

 

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little fun size candy bars for us to

 

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snack on during our crawl and tea was

 

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really good they had a black tea I think

 

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it was called orange cookie so it was

 

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like an orange e black tea it was really

 

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good I might have to stop there and get

 

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some tea from this yarn stock yard store

 

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and then I can show you this year they

 

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decided to do a passport booklet instead

 

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of last year we had a print off PDF that

 

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had the name of the stores and we were

 

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turn it in at the end this year they

 

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gave us this booklet it was five dollars

 

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but I mean it’s worth it because it has

 

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um it has recipes and patterns in it so

 

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each store gave a recipe and a pattern

 

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there’s a center pull out page with some

 

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coupons and a little information about

 

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each store that you’re going to like

 

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what kind of things they carry a little

 

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blurb about them and they let us keep it

 

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at the end which is very nice because

 

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our passport was on the back yeah you

 

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have a stamp row sticker from every

 

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store and they just took a photo of the

 

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inside page where you put your name and

 

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your phone number and your email address

 

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and that entered us into the the grand

 

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prize drawing

 

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so that’s really cool that that we got

 

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something cool out of it and we got to

 

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keep the memento so that was fun would

 

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recommend it is a great tour of Western

 

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Connecticut honestly it’s it’s a great

 

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and I mean you could do it in one day it

 

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would be rough it would be timing

 

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specific but um but I like doing the two

 

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days because we leave here at like ten

 

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o’clock we get home two or three o’clock

 

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depending on you know where we stopped

 

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for lunch and we’re all that takes place

 

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whether we dawdle anywhere else Friday

 

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we were going around north we ran to a

 

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couple of other places to run some

 

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errands post office CBS that kind of

 

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thing just because it’s part of our way

 

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there and the stops that we always go to

 

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but it was really fun it was really

 

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really fun and then on Sunday we went to

 

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the Coventry farmers market fiber

 

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weekend now we had heard that the people

 

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who are running out aren’t going to be

 

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running it anymore but some of the

 

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vendors were saying that they’ve brought

 

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it to the town to maybe have the town

 

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run the farmers market because there are

 

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a lot of farmers were who participate in

 

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this farmers market where this is a huge

 

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chunk of their livelihood there wasn’t

 

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as many fiber folks as there usually are

 

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this year and we’re thinking maybe the

 

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news that this could be the last one was

 

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a part of that but there was some you

 

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know old favorites there and I did end

 

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up buying a few things the first thing I

 

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bought was from Madison wool which I

 

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believe is a yarn shop in Madison

 

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Connecticut and it’s this beautiful

 

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polwarth from 22 to hand spun

 

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with his bright colors there was another

 

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one that was like hi lighter colors it

 

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was astonishing but I really liked how

 

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this one went I don’t know what I’ll

 

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make out of this when I spin it but I

 

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don’t know if I’ve spun Polwarth before

 

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but it’s really floofy I really like it

 

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um just touching it so this should be

 

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really really fun to spin and then I

 

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bought from old favorites sorry this is

 

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really crinkly or just broke alpaca this

 

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is one ounce two ounces of alpaca I tend

 

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to buy a little bit of fiber from them

 

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every year i have several um small bits

 

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of hand spun like two ounce 1 ounce bits

 

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of hands fun from various alpaca vendors

 

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that are local so I decided to get

 

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another one because I’m going to

 

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eventually turn them all into a quicker

 

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yarn stretcher I think that would be a

 

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good use of all these different bits of

 

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alpaca most of them are variations on

 

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the natural colors so a lot of creams

 

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Browns blacks I have one that slightly

 

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died but it’s it’s died in like soft

 

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orange tan colors so it’ll work well

 

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with that she had a lot of died stuff

 

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this year so greens and blues but she

 

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did have some of the natural and she

 

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always leaves a little tuft hanging out

 

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so you can touch it so it’s more fiber

 

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to spin and then I had to buy from these

 

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folks again this is the Palmer family

 

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farm about two skeins of CVM which is

 

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California variegated mutt mutant

 

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starts with an M so it’s not a a pure

 

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breed sheep but the wool that these

 

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sheep produce is really it’s really

 

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dense and springy like there’s a lot of

 

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stretch in it and it it’s prawns like

 

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it’s squishy it’s a little bit stickier

 

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than other wolves that I’ve used um I’m

 

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guessing that when you share these sheep

 

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they have very curly locks because even

 

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the little bits of halo that are

 

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sticking out there’s not much halo but

 

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the little bits are super curly but the

 

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lady who sells it was saying that it is

 

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excellent for socks now I’ve made a

 

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scarf out of this breed and it is a very

 

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warm scarf so I thought I needed to make

 

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myself a pair of socks and I went with

 

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the natural undyed stuff she does have

 

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some died stuff but um I like I like the

 

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natural brown she does have a website so

 

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if you’re interested in trying this

 

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breed of sheep I don’t I don’t think

 

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I’ve run across anybody else who sells

 

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yarn from this breed of sheep she has a

 

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website um Palmer family farm com I

 

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don’t know if she’s got a store up there

 

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but if you’re interested in buying some

 

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of this it is um

 

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it’s well worth trying out cuz I mean

 

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this is a two-ply but it’s this is like

 

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right in the lens oh it’s not going to

 

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focus i have an unfixed focus i’m trying

 

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a thing let’s say can I get it focus no

 

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I can’t but even out of focus you can

 

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see that’s a very plump twist which

 

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makes it very springy I’m excited to

 

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make socks out of it I’m just chucking

 

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everything over there and i bought some

 

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fudge because there’s a family who sells

 

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fudge and these um let me grab one

 

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in these little packs I got some double

 

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chocolate walnut and a pumpkin one which

 

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I’ve already started eating but they

 

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give you a little spoon so you can just

 

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you can either eat it at the fair or

 

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bring it home um I have great flavors so

 

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we always buy fudge from them when we go

 

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it’s a must but our pie people weren’t

 

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there this year or our Jam people which

 

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was very sad but I know my sister bought

 

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a bunch of stuff because she grocery

 

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shops at farmer’s markets a lot I my mom

 

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got a bunch of cheeses which are really

 

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good so a little successful weekend with

 

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lots of yarn and lots of fiber and the

 

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dogs having a good time outside of the

 

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coventry farmers market cuz we bought

 

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the duck we brought the dogs um that’s

 

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always a good time bringing the dogs to

 

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places although none of them are very

 

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keen on the alpacas that they had one of

 

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the app pakistan’s had a couple of

 

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alpacas in a little fenced-in area none

 

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of them were too keen on them because

 

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they’re too tall for he’s tend not to

 

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like other creatures that are taller

 

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than them I’ve noticed dogs maybe but

 

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not all pakka’s and not some humans

 

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because of how tall they are but yes

 

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that is it um it feels like it’s really

 

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short it’s probably not really short but

 

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it feels like it because not full

 

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episode so I’m gonna get back to

 

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cataloging and updating my ravelry with

 

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all of my fun purchases and I will see

 

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you in mid-october for a full episode

 

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goodbye

 

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