Daughter and I ventured north to Massachusetts last weekend, following fiber fumes. First to WEBS, America's Yarn Store. We circled the yarn like hunters after big game. We were both satisfied with our purchases, only to discover that the commonwealth doesn't charge tax on yarn. What??? And we had purchased enough to qualify for the BIG discount. No shipping. The price of gas is down and WEBS is only an hour and half away. WEBS is now my lys, just saying. I bought some Juniper Moon Farm Findley to make the Imogen Tee for next spring. I thought I was very reasonable, considering I don't spend much time in yarn stores. Then we were off to the Fiber Festival of New England, which was just a few miles away. I was looking for breed-specific roving that I hadn't spun before. I settled on 4 ounces of Falkland from Spunky Eclectic in the color "Pumpkin". I might save the resulting yarn for those cute little knitted pumpkins I saw on Ravelry earlier this year.
We met a man at the fair who was selling lamps and candle lights made from assorted old spools and spindles from abandoned knitting mills in Lowell, Massachusetts. He included the little bulb and had slashed his prices in half. I couldn't leave without one. I added some rusty garland from JoAnn's. I love this little thing.
Though I wish the mills were still active, I love owning a little piece of fiber history.