I had the opportunity to go to Yarn Fest in Loveland Colorado last weekend. It was fabulous. It wasn’t as large a show as I had anticipated. SAFF for instance in North Carolina is much bigger. But there were some excellent venders. Lots of yarn and roving, and several equipment venders, including Kromski (my personal favorite), Ashford my first wheel was an Ashford) and Schacht (they make the wolf looms that I have).
Of course, I wasn’t in the market for any new wheels or looms. But a girl can never have too much fiber!
My first purchase was from Greenwood Fiberworks. I picked up some 50/50 Yak/Silk in her Tribe colorway and Copper Hills bundle of the same fiber content. As soon as I touched it, I knew I had to have it. Crazy soft. I think it will spin up thin, so I’m planning a shawl. I don’t know what pattern I will use yet, but I have a plan for what I’ll be looking for. The Tribe will be used in the knit or garter section and then I will spin each bundle separately and use them in the lace sections.
I also visited Black Water Abby Yarns and fell in love with 2 of their patterns. They even had samples of each that I could try on. I bought the Hawthorn Vest with the intent of using some of my own wool on it. I also got the Celtic Triad and a ball in the color Pippin. The yarn is rustic and not very soft, but it is 100% Irish made and will make a wonderful hat. And naturally I had to get some buttons to complete my projects. My husband and I are planning a trip to the UK and Ireland this summer, so I had to have them!
I also picked up two braids of 50/50 Silk/Superwash Merino from Redfish Dyesworks. There is no color name on it, but in looking at the website, I see it is #8.
Now whenever I travel, I think it’s fun to pick up some local fiber as a memento. I found some natural CVM Wool Roving from Durakai Sheep and Fiber out of Livermore, Colorado.
And my final discovery was some beautiful mill spun yarn from Your Daily Fiber out of Fort Collins. She calls it “With Love from the Kids”. Each skein is labeled with the animal it came off of. Mine is “Adam” and it’s a blend of Alpaca (Adam), Llama and Lambswool. It’s an ecru color that I may or may not decide to dye.
I didn’t spend all my time shopping, although it may seem like it. I also took a German/Scandinavian Band Weaving Class with Nancy Shroyer. It was a lot of fun. Now I know the basics of Backstrap Band Weaving! It’s a very portable project and I can see making lots of Dog Leashes, Key Fobs and some very cool straps for my Tote Bags! And now I have a use for my Kromski 4″ Heddle. It’s the perfect thing for this type of weaving. I’ll show you more about that in a later post.
Saturday evening we went to the Keynote Dinner. I was thoroughly entertained by Linda Cortright, editor and publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine. She educated us on several of her adventures in a wonderfully humorous way. She also showed us her heart when she discussed the Cashmere Craft Center she is building in the High Himalayas. The Center will help support the women of this remote village by giving them a warm place to gather and spin their precious Cashmere, which will be sold to provide an income for the village.
It was a very inspiring trip!