My first day at Sock Summit, I got to go to the marketplace preview. I really wanted to check out the Sanguine Gryphon booth, since I've seen so many beautiful skeins on the blogs I read. By the time I got there, though, the booth was insane - the line was probably thirty people long, and there were even more people in the booth looking at the yarn. I went in briefly, but since Lumberjack was waiting for me outside I didn't want to wait in line for too long. Instead, I moved on to other shops, and ended up finding more Sanguine Gryphon at Knit Purl, one of the local yarn shops in Portland.
They didn't have Skinny Bugga, which is one of the yarns what I was interested in buying, but they did have a bunch of gorgeous colors of Gaia Lace. I hadn't heard much about it before, but the moment I touched it I knew I had to try a skein. It's a cashmere/silk blend like most of my Jade Sapphire stash, but Gaia is smoother and less crunchy than a lot of silk blends. Plus the color is fantastic: it's mostly a warm lilac color, but there are little shots of copper throughout.
I think this skein is destined to become a Brandywine Shawl (rav link here). One of my coworkers is working on a Brandywine, and I saw a few really pretty versions at Sock Summit. Time for me to get out of my Miralda/Swallowtail rut and expand my shawl-knitting repertoire!