This morning I received a very large shipment from HPKY - photos to the right. The HPKY Giant Skeins are 12 skeins of different yarns that are tied together and then hand-painted as one giant skein. The result is a flawlessly consistent color match in yarn quantities large enough for everything from vests to sweaters to throws.
In the third photo I have placed six skeins in three colorways together; each colorway has one skein in pastels and one in rich tones. All HPKY "Opera Colorways" come in rich and pastel - with this kind of color flexibility the possibilities are almost endless. (Unfortunately, the color reproduction here is not especially good.)
Purely by coincidence the very nice folks at Feza sent me 13 "sample skeins" of their delicious Alp Oriental. These sample skeins are only about 46 yards (normal skeins are 250 yards), so there is just enough of each colorway to show its best features, and maybe make a small project (the label reads that it knits on #17 needles).
There are only TEN DAYS left till Stitches Midwest and only TWELVE BUS SEATS left! If you want to go, please register ASAP to avoid disappointment. Almost every day I get more vendor coupons or samples to put in the tote bags, too, so you will be able to save a bunch of change at some of the vendors. For example, the Fiesta coupon is offering 15% off your purchase of $100 or more. Not a bad deal at all, and there are many others.
I am also pleased to say I am going to the Michigan Fiber Festival this weekend for the very first time! Up to now there has always been some sort of scheduling conflict. My mission is to find a local source of alpaca, both as fiber and as spun yarn, plus anything especially unusual and yummy. A full report will follow the trip.
Purls of wisdom: teachers open the door, but you must enter yourself.