She is also conducting many knitting tours through Iceland. One that is upcoming is with Franklin Habit and will be in October, 2011 during the annual music festival in Reykjavik! That will be a lot of fun! Then Ragga hinted that she would love to build a tour with me as the teacher. I LOVE Iceland and hope that this tour will materialize. You'll hear all about it on this blog if it comes to be! Across the way, a booth called The Dolly-Mamas piqued my interest. Lisa and Darlene have created patterns for all sorts of KuKu dolls and work with Connect Africa in Uganda to help knitters there make money to fund schools and other needed projects. The dolls "are multicultural, knitted, felted dolls that are available as kits, patterns and finished dolls. Each KuKu Doll has its own name and personality and when you make one, you put a little touch of yourself in it as well." You can order many of these kits from this page on their website. These needle gauges caught my eye at the Puffin & Company booth. They are made of laser cut Alder and size needles from US 0 to 17. There are different styles, but you can order this one here.
Later in the day, I discovered a booth representing The Imperial Stock Ranch. This Oregon ranch has been operating since 1871 and is credited with the development of the Columbia breed of sheep. This family raises beef and lamb, and produces breed specific wool yarns and garments with sustainability in mind. Here is a small photo of one of their yarns. And speaking of breed-specific yarns...I had dinner with Deb Robson of Nomad Press and former editor of Spin-Off Magazine. We had a good time catching up and she told me about her new four pound baby The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook which she co-wrote with Carol Ekarius. Handspinning Rare Wools. I look forward to owning my own copy of this DVD.