Last weekend was the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma. Surprisingly, I never went when I was in college and only live a few miles away from the retreat, but this year I decided to go and do a little shopping. I didn’t let myself go too crazy because I was meeting up with my college friends for dinner afterward, but I did find some amazing stuff.

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After giving up on my hunt for the perfect mint green worsted weight wool, I didn’t expect to see the yarn of my dreams at Madrona. I’m really excited about this Sincere Sheep yarn, but now I don’t know what to do with it! The original plan was the make a heavy winter pullover in mint green, but it took me so long to find the right yarn that we don’t really have heavy-winter-pullover weather anymore! I’m half tempted to put it in my stash and wait for fall to knit the sweater I have in mind, but I’m also dying to try working with this yarn because Sincere Sheep has so many different colors that I love. I want to see what it’s like knitted up before I buy more.

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I also bought a few sets of buttons from Jennie the Potter. I loved everything in her booth, and I’m always bemoaning how pathetic my button stash is so I treated myself to a few sets. I love the way the green ones manage to look both like stockinette and reptile skin, and of course the orange ones had to come home with me. The blue ones are a bit more subtle, and I think they’ll be the first set to get used because they go with everything.

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