Second fiber festival of the year is in the books! I spent most of my time teaching, a little socializing, and a little shopping. It was hot and sticky (the sticky was worse than the heat) so I was motivated to get done what I needed or wanted to and go home to the air conditioning.
I had three wonderful classes with some smart and fantastic students. Unfortunately, I was so focused on the classes I didn’t take any pictures aside from one before the shawl shapes class.
On Friday I taught Knitting From Charts and on Saturday I taught Continental Knitting and Shawl Shapes. If you didn’t make it to either Hoosier Hills or the Fiber Event and you’re interested in one of my classes, please contact me to see about a private or semi-private lesson. I had someone take my bead class as a private lesson and she loved being able to focus on what she needed to learn!
Of course, I did a little shopping too.
Yaaarn & Goodies
I bought some beautiful DK weight yarn at The Fiber Event from Bumblebee Acres Farm and found some fingering weight yarn this time I loved. Colorway is King in the North (nod to Game of Thrones) and the base is their Bubble Sock, which is an 80/20 merino/silk blend. It’s probably going to be a shawl, rather than socks though!
There was a new-to-me indie dyer at Hoosier Hills this year – Youghiogheny Yarns and they have some truly gorgeous yarns. I loved the subtle speckle dye on the gray base and paired it with a solid red. I was also intrigued with the inclusion of yak fiber in the yarn. The colorways are Naiad (which is the speckle) and Cherry Red and the base is Woolly Yak (a 70/20/10 merino/yak/nylon blend).
I was so excited when I saw that CraftyFlutterby would be at the festival this year since usually I only see her at Stitches Midwest. She had so many beautiful pins of different styles. I settled on one of the round ones called a Twirl Shawl Pin and the idea is you twirl (or twist) it around to secure the ends of your shawl. She also had to awesome kits (shawl pattern, yarn, pin) and some included beads!
A DK weight self-striping yarn from Brenda and Heather Yarns. I’m going to use this for an entrelac cowl (because I’ve decided I want to learn entrelac). Colorway is Cowabunga (in reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
So I’d seen these rulers in some of the knitting magazines before and decided to give it a try. The bracelets are made out of leather and have inch and centimeter markings up to 16 inches (you wrap it around your wrist twice). The rulers are made by Ilovehandles and I bought mine from SpryWhimsy at the festival. He also sells a lot of the fun sheep wine glasses, Ply magazine and other fun items.
Two skeins of Malabrigo Sock in the colorway Martes I picked up from my local yarn shop, Nomad Yarns. I fell in love with this colorway and am going to use it for a design I’m going to self-publish.