And the Michigan Fiber Adventures just keep on coming...
My Dallas buddies, Dia and Vicki and I scurried down to Charlevoix, Michigan last Sat. for the Fiber Festival. Sheep, rabbits, fleeces, yummy rovings, hooked rugs and supplies, yarns, dyed and undyed. It was a glut I hadn't experienced since my last visit to a Taos Wool Festival six years ago. Three high spots for me were first, finding My8Kidsmom from Etsy and Ravelry and her gorgeous rovings. Bought super soft merino and tencel blends. Next was the dynamite booth of Colortura Yarns and their giant skeins. These men have taking color to another level with subtle shades and textures all named after operas.About four big racks of the jumbo skeins had us oogling and touching for a long time. Dia, of Legalpot on Etsy bought the Tosca colorway to make the chevron shawl she is grinning over. Next my fiber maven lady, Martie, has me checking out hooked rugs, as that is her new passion. The fish felt like an oil painting with texture. Sheep Thrills focused more on hooking and less on promotion as they had no business cards or website. Rather refreshingly pure as they focused on their passion for hooked pieces such as the Rooster.
Angora rabbits add another aspect to wool festivals. This grey bunny endured countless kid caresses.
Next late July will find me prowling the 2010 festival for sure.
I'm a sure enough Dallas native who spent a good part of my life in northern New Mexico, where I learned the arts of spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Combining those skills with my long time love, knitting, is what I do best these days.