I said I wasn't going to, but I did.
Last Friday afternoon, I drove over to check out the Michigan Fiber Festival.
My strategy lately . . . is to go on Friday afternoon. The vendors are set up and ready, but the Fiber Festival isn't officially open. (The workshops and competitive events are going on, though.) It's perfect for me . . . no crowds, first pick of the yarn, nice time to chat with unhurried vendors, parking is a breeze, and you don't have to pay the entrance fee. (The downside? I miss the excitement of being with so many other knitters. Plus ... the animals are just coming in and getting settled, so seeing them is not an option.)
I haven't been terribly inspired about my knitting lately, so I almost didn't go. And god knows I don't need any yarn. . .
I bought yarn.
I found some really lovely yarn that I am inspired to knit with. So Win-Win! (Just need to finish that beaded shawl for Erin first.)
What I like best about going to the Fiber Festival is finding yarn-dyers and spinners that I'd never hear about otherwise. This year, I found a spinner/dyer from Cincinnati who works with very unconventional fiber bases and creates absolutely beautiful color combinations. (I nearly had a serious "falling down" in that booth. I wanted every skein I touched -- and that doesn't happen much to me anymore.) And another from Ohio that puts interesting and unexpected "bits" in her yarn (also some very unexpected color combinations). I found a small Traverse City (Michigan) company that locally-sources every aspect of their yarn production: local alpaca and sheep, local dyes, local everything. Their colors are to die for -- and all inspired by Northern Michigan landmarks and Traverse City hot spots. (Bought some of that, too.) (I love their "farm-to-needles" approach.)
No pictures. Sorry. You'll just have to wait until I knit with it.
And knit with it I will!
I wasn't planning to go to the Fiber Festival this year . . . but I'm awfully glad I did.
In eclipse news . . . we're busy putting together our old-school viewing boxes this morning. And my dad scored a pair of official eclipse glasses. Sadly, we probably won't be using any of our devices. We're expecting heavy cloud-cover here . . . just around eclipse time. Oh, well. We can watch it live on the Internet here at the NASA live-coverage site.