This might be a little bit of a let down because I didn't actually buy that much. lol
I was sorely tempted by the mountains and mountains of squishy sock yarn but I currently have enough sock yarn stashed to outfit the entire US Army so I was.....*BIG SIGH*.........good and didn't buy any more. (Not gonna lie though - I died a little inside leaving there with no sock yarn. There is currently a teeny tiny black hole of deadness in my soul. Just a speck, really but *weeps*.)
So what did I get? For starters I got some more Mini Mochi balls - same thing I purchased last year, only in a different color. I just loved how the colors on these little guys knit up on my swirl scarf and LOVE LOVE LOVED this colorway in particular. It seems like a 'grown up' or 'fall' rainbow:
I also got two skeins of Manos Silk Blend:
And then..................... there was this:
What is it? It's a Giant Skein by the Hand Painted Knitting Co. It's a MASSIVE skein of yarn (comes 16 -32 ounces, this is the 24 ounce) made up of TWELVE (!!) different kinds of yarns. It looks like one continuous line of yarn when in a ball like this but the 12 yarns are very carefully skeined so that you can pull each one off, one at a time, and 'cake' them like this:
I wanted one of these with a white hot burning last year but I was not prepared in any way for how much they cost (which is considerable, IMHO) so I ended up not getting it. So I squirreled away some money in preparation for this year's show and........I was still hesitant to spend that much. I was still walking around deciding what I was going to buy (this included) and when I met up with the husband again (he was off watching the Rally to Restore Sanity on his phone) he actually had gone and purchased one of these skeins for me!!!
What do you *DO* with a Giant Skein? Well, you can do a lot of things with it but I really wanted it to make a lap blanket. They have a bunch of samples knitted up and I lurvvvvvvvvvvved them to death. They are soft and warm, but not too heavy, pretty, and I liked the way it has a lot of different textures because of the 12 different yarns. (Kathryn Ivy's blog has one she did not too long ago and it is to die for, IMHO. She didn't use a Giant Skein but it's the same idea - many different kinds of yarn in a feather/fan pattern.)
After I got these babies caked up, I got to work on it and.............
Oh, and I also got a couple patterns to try making a hat:
So, all in all, not too much damage? I wanted a Della Q knitting bag really really bad.........but didn't want to spend $40 on it. (Maybe next year.) Wanted some more Bugga! sock yarn but, really, I do NOT need anymore sock yarn. I didn't even LOOK at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts display because that would surely be a black hole in which I would never see my wallet again. There were the fair isle mitten kits that I looked at........twice...but I know I can put my own 'kit' together for half the price. Sooooooooo......I think I did a good job at being reasonable! :)