There were lots and lots of beautiful hand knits at Spa Knit and Spin 2010 in Freeport, Maine last weekend. "Of course!" I hear you say, but I have been to many fiber events over the last three years, and there were more hand knits per capita at NETA Spa than at any other event - including Sock Summit! Or maybe I just couldn't see all the socks. The lovely sweater above is awaiting buttons from my vendor neighbor Glastonbury Glassworks. They make gorgeous glass buttons, glass earrings (see below) and wonderful stitch markers. Also check out their blog Live and Let Learn. It was great fun being next to them.
This is a Kaffe Fassett sweater pattern, which this clever knitter lined!!!
Scott, of Glastonbury Glassworks, spins too! There is nothing nicer than sitting next to a spinner, except perhaps spinning yourself (my husband has almost finished the spinning wheel he is making for me - it has been almost finished for a year).
More beautiful glass beads. Aren't they sweet?
And the earrings!!!
Look at this wonderful wrist warmer!
And this gorgeous shawl.
More glorious hand knit sweaters! The lady on the right works for Classic Elite Yarn. Beautiful hand knits were everywhere, as you can see from the ladies in back.
Astrig, who runs Fiber College in Searsport, Maine always has amazing hand knits. This shawl has a little of everything in it I think. Including felting. Fiber College is in the fall, and is always a great event! Right here in mid-coast Maine.
Above is Jennifer, of WoolworksLTD in a sweater of her own design. Her work has been in Knit 'n Style Magazine.
We were in the same room with Jackie Fee and her daughter!!! Her book, The Sweater Workshop, is a knitting classic.
My dear friend Karen (owner of Village Books) who came to help me at the event, is making the Shetland shawl above. And she found these odd shaped balls of string on the "free" table. We have no idea what they are, any guesses?
This gorgeous stuff is from Starcroft Fiber Mill. Their wool is from Nash Island off the coast of Maine. Island wool!!!
More Scrumptious colors. Naturally I bought some. Can't wait to cast on with it.
Here is owner Jani Estell in a lovely sweater knit with her wool.
And below are lace scarf kits. What could be prettier?
They also had knitting bags!
And now for the cashmere. This is cashmere from Springtide Farm in Bremen, Maine. If you haven't knit with cashmere, you are missing an amazing experience.
More cashmere. Irresistible!
Autumn Hollow Farm has the most beautiful spindles,
and knitting needles. I have given them as presents to fiber friends, who have loved them.
Unique One, in Camden, Maine, had this wonderful felted bag kit.
And this lovely shawl!!!
Here's Karen in the snow. It was a heavy wet snow, and our motel lost electricity. So odd to be in a motel room with no light! Next time I bring a flashlight.
For more photos, and Karen's fun take on the event, check out her blog My Life with Knitters.
We had a great time!