Duly fortified with food, we headed off to the Malabrigo booth. Tobias, the owner. had been promoting his new yarn, Caracol, so of course we had to order a bunch. This is a really beautiful and different looking yarn
The colors are all so gorgeous I couldn't choose - so Ginni and Mary took charge.
Next was Ewe Ewe Yarns. I've been chatting with the owner, Heather, for several months and wanted to meet her in person. We stopped by her sweet little booth and had fun chatting and squeezing the yarns. Ewe Ewe specializes in yarns with a very round texture in clear saturated colors. The yarns knit up into a lovely plump fabric that you just want to squeeze - and they still look great after several trips through the washer and dryer - on high. She showed us the proof.
We especially liked her newest yarn, a chunky superwash merino in a fresh palette. We chose it for quick-to-knit projects - like fun hats and mittens, and casual go-to sweaters for kids of all ages - and guys who think hand-washing means they put it in the washer all by themselves.
Freia Yarns had a beautiful booth with all their colorways wound up into pretty little yarn cakes. I've been wanting to bring in Freia for some time,
but there's a two-year wait for new retailers, so I'm pretty jazzed about being able to bypass that at the show. We still have to wait a pretty long time for the yarn, but at least we're on the list!
We were pretty well exhausted after that and headed off to dinner. If you're in DC, I'll give a shout out to Proof, a great little restaurant near the Verizon Center and the National Gallery's Portrait Gallery. It was quite a day - I think we were all in bed by 9:30 that night.