On the weekend, I got to do one of my very favourite things - attend a local fiber festival! I'm lucky to live in a place that has a thriving, excellent local yarn and fiber culture. Our most awesome local event is called Fibrations, and it's pretty delightful. Vendors, artisans, and community groups set up at St. Ann's Academy, and there is tons to see and do and buy (and eat - there are even food trucks)! The whole thing is run by one of our best local yarn shops, Knotty by Nature.
Unfortunately, every year I end up getting sidetracked by all the yarn and fiber and taking too few and mostly terrible photos.
See? You can't really tell how awesome the event is from those. Oops. This one is a lot better:
Isn't Humming Bee Farm's banner AMAZING?
Even though I did not take great photos, I had SO much fun :)
I DID take lots of photos of the yarn and fiber that came home with me. Here's my haul!
Let's break this down, shall we? My first stop was the RainCityKnits booth. I'm a pretty unabashed RainCity fangirl - I even knit a sample sock for them last year in their Local Sports Team colourway. Krista is the mastermind behind the company, and she is SO sweet! She was totally lovely to chat to :) I had planned to get something neon and solid coloured from them (I want to make the Neon Ski Bonnet for myself this winter, and obviously RainCity is the place to go for NEON!), but in the end I was seduced by THIS, which is on a merino/tussah silk base:
AAAAH NEON SPRINKLES!!!! I loved this skein SO MUCH that I kind of walked around the festival with it around my shoulders. Isn't RainCity's needle gauge cool, too? I love it! If you haven't seen RainCity's full neon awesome line, check it out right now! (Warning, everything is beautiful and vibrant and you are going to want all of it basically.)
My next must-see stop was JOMA yarn, new to me and sooooo full of gorgeousness. I picked up a skein of stunning one of a kind hand dyed sock yarn (the CRAZY BEAUTIFUL colourway is "Wild Child", and the base is Glam Panda - merino, bamboo, and nylon) - it's greeney and yellowey and has spashes of teal and bright happy red/pink and yeah I love it. I also got some mini skeins at the JOMA booth, because they were beautiful and super affordable and perfect for my Six'es blanket!
The mini skeins are (top to bottom) are Circus Clown, I Fought the Law, and She Wore a Raspberry Beret. So darling!
I also got some spinning fiber. First, from Humming Bee Farm, 2 ounces of green, hand dyed Corriedale wool! This may be a surprise but I am into green ;)
From Ba-a-ad Ass Textiles, I also got 4 ounces of super pretty Romney wool!
The colour makes me think of winter ocean at Dallas Road :)
Even though I'm still only knitting and spinning a tiny tiny bit because of my sensitive, sore wrists, I'm really excited about my new yarns and fibers. Ahhhhh, fiber festivals :) I'm already looking forward to next year!