The month started out with the DFW Fiber Fest, during which I helped Yarnorama in their booth. It was great fun, hard work, and honestly, an easy intro to the vending side, if by easy, you understand I mean totally not my responsibility. I was helping out and in the booth most of the festival, but also did plenty of shopping and general scoping it out. I did not do any classes. It was 4 days away total and just 5 hours from home.
Then, there was the monthly Yarnorama spin-in the following Saturday (usually the first Saturday of the month, but because of DFW, held the following week). I learned how to finish my first piece of weaving from my Flip Loom, a linen/cotton/tencel wrap. Twisting the fringe was on the menu and then wet finishing. Once that was out of the way, I sat to spin for a while and then weighed out some fiber for Susan to dye for the next show, PLY Away.
The next day was a knitting class on Latvian mitts with Beth Brown Reinsel. When I first learned to knit, about 12 years ago, I read an article that she wrote about knitting a Gansy (sp?) sweater which was very informative and engaging. The passion she has for historical and cultural accuracy was shining through, and since reading that, Beth has been on my must-take-a-class-from list. I wasn’t disappointed and I got to spend the day with my guild-mates…win/win.
Last week was PLY Away. OMG…what a remarkable show for the first year. One of the attendees commented that it seemed like it has been going on for a long time in relation to how smoothly everything went. That is exactly correct.
Once again, I went along with Yarnorama, as did my friend Martha. We wanted to be part of it all as spinners, but we also wanted to be sure Susan had the support she needed. What a difference a double the size booth and double (and then some) the drive makes. It wasn’t quite double the days, but wow, it was exhausting. But exhausting in the best possible way. It really was wonderful and the classes were great.
Hopefully, more to come on this, soon…
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