I made it halfway around the vendors before the first purchase (the idea was to see all of the vendors, then go back for the "must have" purchases). South Dakota Natural Colored Wools had lots of beautiful roving, but also had the most gorgeous drop spindles, with very nice hard and softwood (oak, olive, cedar to name a few). The lighter ones (1.5 to 2.5 ounces) were $12.50, the heavier ones (3 to 5 ounces) were $15. Since the light ones still weren't quite light enough for silk, I just went with the one I liked the best, out of purple heartwood (4.5 ounces -- ack!).
A closeup of the purple heart drop spindle:
I also loved the hardwood knitting needles from Silk Road North Woods (phone 651-699-6031, email info AT silkroadnorthwoods DOT com). They are made out of hardwood veneers that are impregnated with penetrating dyes and resins, compressed under intense heat and pressure, cut into dowels, and hand crafted by an experienced wood artisan. They were designed by Silk Road North Woods, and were available for the first time on Saturday. They had #11s in 11" (red and black), and #15s in 14" (red, yellow, green, blue). They would like to offer smaller needles also, especially double-points, but are in the process of working out some of the manufacturing details.
A closeup of the needle end:
Oh yes, and the event that had me whipping out the credit card like a crack ho (if drug dealers took credit cards, that is):
Earthsong Fibers, which primarily sells spinning and weaving equipment and fiber, had a bin of Addi Turbos for $6 to $8 dollars (the sizes that I was interested in, anyway). These were mostly the old Addis, which apparently have a nicer cord. I got one in nearly every size from 000 to 10.5, with cord lengths between 24" to 47". Most of the 24" and 32", which I most wanted, were sold by the time I got there, so I mostly have 40" and 47" ones. So, 13 sets of Addis, including a gold-plated set (#7, 32"), for $100 including tax.
Other things I picked up as info: Creative Fibers is having a beginning spinning class (including carding) by Shelley Hermanson, the last week in May and in mid-June, that I would like to take. Also, looking through the info just now, I apparently have a 20% off coupon for Clickity Sticks. Fortunately there is no expiration date, since I'm tapped out at the moment (and I need to see if Borealis Yarns ends up having an anniversary sale next month).
My friend's loot: a Turkish drop spindle, two sets of Addis for the 2 circular sock method, several balls of sock yarn, and the book Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New. When first opened, the book fell open to a section entitled "Cellular Automata Knitting" -- how are two scientists supposed to resist?
I also saw several people I knew there. For other reviews of the Minnesota Knitter's Guild annual Yarnover event, check out pumpkinseed456's finds and criosa's shopping expedition.