After a kind of roller coaster week, I had my sights set on Saturday. Oh what a fun time we had, too!
My parents, husband, and I attended DFW Fiber Fest on Saturday morning. This was my parents very first fiber fest and only my second. I think mom was a little overwhelmed. The extent of our yarn shopping typically is a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Suddenly we’re in a large room filled with people, yarn, tools, and fiber.
I went with a plan, a very clear plan. I wanted to buy spinning fiber, sock yarn, and maybe another drop spindle. Then we went into one of the side rooms, where a woman was letting people try her spinning wheel (you could try them all over, but this was the first one that caught my eye). My mom told her that I really ought to try the wheel, if she’d let me. I’ve only been talking about getting one for a while (technically I’ve wanted one since I was a kid). I don’t normally need my mom to get me to try new things, but I think she knew I would’ve just admired this time.
That was it. I sat down and the woman (I believe it was Natasha from Gritty Knits) showed me how to hold my hands. Far from perfect, I did get the hang of the movements. I was hooked! I still am hooked! I keep thinking about how awkward the double treadle felt, but how much I loved it anyway. I can just imagine setting up a spinning wheel and getting lost in it. It was magical. Now I know I have to get one someday.
The problem is this completely shaped how I shopped. I like to do a round of browsing and then go buy my stuff. The stop at the spinning wheel was at the end of the browsing. Well, when we got started shopping, I only bought spinning fiber. Oh, and a cute magnet!
From the top left, the rainbow color is Poppyseed. It’s 4 oz of 100% Polworth Fiber from Western Sky Knits. The bright color roving next to it is Carnivale. It’s 4 oz of 100% Falkland Wool Fiber, also from Western Sky Knits. Below is Whirligig, which is 4 oz of Superwash Merino from Gritty Knits. Then the little guy is from Jacob’s Reward Farm, I think. Ken named him Ebenezer.
I don’t have a picture of it, but my mom also bought an Alpaca/Silk blend (90% alpaca, 10% silk) from Trinity Ridge Alpacas. She sent it home with me to make her a new shawl, a smaller one this time. It’s the softest stuff, oh my. All of the loot is so soft!
After the fiber fest, we went to the British Emporium, just up the street. Ken loves going there. It’s the only place he’s found where he can get, his words, “proper” bacon. We tend to load up when we stop there. This time the loot included Crunchie bars (my personal favorite), Whatsits (cheese puffs), Mr. Kipling Cherry Bakewells, and a Doctor Who magnet for me.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend! After a kind of crazy week, I needed a nice refreshing time, which was exactly what I got. Ken and I came straight back home and curled up on the couch together. Then Sunday, he went golfing and then bowling, while I relaxed and finally got some more work done on his sweater. All in all, I’m very happy and had a lovely time.
How was your weekend?