The fleece above represents the beginning of the Fiber Festival Season which starts in May! I've capitalized the words because they are very important to knitters and spinners everywhere...more so now that bloggers can (and do) meet up and imbibe in fiber together.
The first festival of 2007 for the Ewe-tah grrls was the Snake River Fiber Fair. Cheryl (thanks for driving, grrlfriend!), Susan, Eliza and I headed out very early Saturday morning (yawn) and enjoyed a very nice trip up into the fair State of Idaho. Anne was already there with a booth of Wooly Wonka fiber and we had plans to meet up with Kim, too. Many of the people at the festival were friends from Utah and, as with any festival, its the people as much (or more so) as the fiber.
We shopped and enjoyed chatting with all we met and spent the better portion of the day enchanted by fiber. Because the weather is very iffy this time of year, the fair is inside a technical college. The curved dark hallways gave the experience and cave like mystical feeling, as around every turn was new fiber, a new group of spinners (or knitters) and smiling faces on everyone.
Anne and Dave had a nice set up with Anne's beautifully died yarns and fiber. Here you see Susan and Anne chatting. Kim has just discovered Dave's fabulous spindles and after she gave one a whirl she just had to take it home.
Color was everywhere and Lynn’s colorful bumps disappeared quickly. This picture was taken right after someone bought all the pink (it wasn't me!) and before the green and purple purchased. (The pictures of my other fiber friend, like Judy Jackson, just didn't turn out due to the dark hallways.)
Greensleeves Spindles had so many beauties! Thankfully I have several already. Fiber Addict had bins of roving and racks of yarn. I'm very sorry I didn't get many pictures of the other vendors. But, there were many and everyone had a nice variety of spinning/knitting necessities.
We did manage to make a good haul which made the long drive (3+hours) worthwhile. Here's the back of Cheryl's car piled with our fibery purchases.
I did rather well, but didn't get to carried away. My pink phase is still intact when it comes to fiber.
Spinderella's thrums in "PINK", Wooly Wonka merino (under thrums) in "Geisha", WW cormo/angora in "Seashells" and a Totally Tublar Spinning Kit from Crosspatch Creations. Anne had one in shades of purple awhile back and it's been on my list since.
I also bought another batt from Crosspatch Creations in a unique group of colors called "Iced Lemon and Lime". I'm trying to venture out of the color rut and have some fun! One of my favorite purchases, from Janet at Alta Mist Alpacas , was a new spindle case. The design style caught my interest and the tassels were so elegant. It's easy to through over the should and will carry a nice bunch of fiber and a spindle. I just couldn't resist.
Thus, tis the very beginnings of Fiber Season, the best time of year for fiber fanatics, bloggers, knitters and spinners. It's going to be a very good year!