I bought way too much wool to spin but in my defense, it wasn't my fault. I was seduced by the wool side. First I was seduced by color, and cute colorway names:
The colorway on the left is called "Serenity," a reference to the now-sadly-cancelled TV show "Firefly." The colorway on the right is called "Bigger on the Inside" referring to Doctor Who and the TARDIS. How could I possibly turn down a Doctor Who colorway. See? Not. My. Fault. The roving was dyed by Into the Whirled and I really want to hang out with those people. How could you not have fun spending time with people who come up with colorways with names like "Captain Hotpants?" (Again, a reference to "Firefly.") I almost bought that one, too, but I managed to gulp a breath of air free of wool fumes and came to my senses... sort of. I kind of bought 8 ounces in each colorway.
The spindles are Bosworth spindles and I had absolutely planned on buying those. The one on the left is a Moosie spindle. Why is it called Moosie you ask? Because the whorl is made from moose antler. Yup, moose antler. (In case you didn't know, moose shed their antlers every year, growing a new pair in the spring.) The spindle on the right has a whorl made from Red Cedar. Believe it or not, the spindle on the left weights more than the one on the right.
Again, not my fault, this one was truly evil and sucked me in with a glance. Seriously, could YOU resist silk caps that look like this?
This one did it with some amazing crimp and soft locks. This is a bit over one pound of raw Corriedale wool. I really wanted to come home with an entire colored Cormo fleece but that would have been completely insane so I settled for about a pound of raw wool to play with. See, I was able to rise above the wool side on occasion. I also came home with 8 ounces of white Cormo roving not pictured here because white roving isn't that exciting to look at and I didn't think I could properly photograph "soft." It's virtually impossible for me to turn down anything Cormo.
Also purchased but not shown was the book "Knitting on the Edge" by Nicki Epstein (which I just saw was discount priced on Amazon and I paid full price... grrrr!), a needle gauge/knitting gauge, a bar of wonderful lemon ginger soap and kitty snips. Mine are in blue.
As if my vacation wasn't fabulous enough, I come home to find most of the flowering trees are in full bloom, including the Kwanzan Cherry in my front yard:
The individual blossoms are stunning:
Now if only I could figure out a way to work at home...