First fiber festival of the year is in the books, as well as a couple new classes!
I had five students across three classes. All very lovely and smart and engaging which makes for a wonderful experience. I switched the raw fleece activity to allowing students to look at the samples in the bags to identify, rather than just feeling. Still pretty challenging. The beading class may be my current favorite. It is so fun to not only teach a skill but to see the opportunities it opens up for modding existing non-bead patterns. And I didn’t drop a single bead on the floor. And, I had everything I needed! The same classes will be offered June 3 and 4 at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. Class fee is $35 if you sign up by May 15th and you can see class descriptions here.
I taught all day Friday and then Saturday morning so Saturday afternoon was my first chance to *really* get shopping. There were a lot of changes to vendors this year and with my old favorite gone (miss you Fiber Optic) I focused on discovering new to me dyers.
My only Friday afternoon stop was at Bur Oak Studio for these flattened knitting needle bracelets. I’d seen them online but given my itsy-bitsy wrists I needed some help with resizing. Jen helped me adjust the size of the bracelets and I bought three. Fun to wear and I love “upcycling.”
I kept to buying only one bag, which was hard. This Harry Potter print of this bag by Supernatural Yarns captured my attention (she has more bags on her linked Etsy site). The funny part of this was who I bought it from. I saw the name of the vendor, Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, and recognized the name, but knew I didn’t know it from prior years at the event. I knew it wasn’t local to me either. Then it dawned on me – it’s one of the local yarn shops back in Columbia, Missouri where I used to live. Doh! I talked with the owners, who recently bought the shop back from a prior owner and am excited to see the changes. They had some hand dyed yarns from Missouri/Kansas based indies, as well as other fiber tools. I’m going back home to Missouri in June so I’m hoping to stop by there.
One of my first booths to visit on Saturday was Copper Centaur Studios, which is where I bought the yarn last year for my newly released Grace Fryer Shawl. I was excited to show Lucy the shawl and after they took pictures of the shawl actually displayed it for the rest of the afternoon, which was lovely. I knew from last year they carried fine thread and was able to pick some up to use for plying with beads in my spinning. The thread is on the black cones in the top picture.
Moving on to yarn. IceMelon’s Stash is a new to me indie dyer from Michigan. You can check out her Etsy site here. I bought two different sock yarns, one of which I plan to use for a cowl. That one is the colorway Darkle (blues, purples and gray) on the Oculus Sock base, a merino/cashmere/nylon base. The second one, which I think I might use for socks, is Vellamo, bright blues and greens, on her Alrisha base, merino/nylon/stellina. Yes ya’ll, I bought sparkle yarn.
Not so new to me because they’ve been at Stitches before was Leading Men Fiber Arts. Squishy stuff, ya’ll, and a lot of different colors. I bought one skein which they are custom dyeing for me so it can be on a fingering weight merino base. The color is OMG Squee and is pretty much the whole rainbow. I also got the below skein of laceweight in the colorway Eternal Kiss. It’s an 80/20 silk blend that feels amazing.
Lastly, I bought some lace weight from A Good Yarn, which is a local dyer just south of Indianapolis. I actually won the purple skein at the event’s get together Friday night and wanted to get some more in a complimentary color. While she’s not new to me as a dyer this is a new base and is a lovely 80/20 merino/silk blend. Apparently I had a thing for laceweight merino/silk blends – must be the weather.