This past weekend was the 3rd annual local Napier knitting retreat Knit August Nights. This was the first year I've attended, and it was so much fun! I learned lots of new stuff in the Knit Couture workshops, toured the Design Spun yarn factory, and met lots of really nice knitters from around the country. It was a bit exhausting for me since I'm 8 months pregnant, but I made it through.
I also bought some fantastic yarn at the market they had on Sunday. There was so much gorgeous stuff it was hard to decide, but in the end I got 5 different colours of The Fibre Company's Road to China Light, and Boudicca picked out a skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns' Tough Love Sock. All bought from Great Southern Yarns, normally an online only shop. That's one of the great things about KAN. You get to see and feel in person a lot of the yarns you usually only get to see on a computer screen.
The Road to China Light is so incredibly luxuriously soft. I think I'm going to make decadent fingerless mitts with them. And Boudicca has already decided she wants to make leg warmers out of her selection.
And for all that the retreat is called KNIT August Nights, I've actually been crocheting a lot, and my latest crochet project is what I brought along to work on during free time. It's a Snuggle Blanket for my baby #3 due next month from the book Cute Crochet for Tiny Tots. If you're on Ravelry you can see the project here or by clicking on the photo.
The yarn I used is Harvest from Skeinz (who put on the KAN retreat), a lovely blend of mohair, alpaca, silk, possum, cashmere, tencel, merino, and acrylic.
Now that I'm all inspired by KAN, I can't wait to get to my next project!