The weather was perfect. The fiber was plentiful. And everyone was excited to be there.
Carolina FiberFest 2013 was tons of fun. I spent three days in Sanford helping with setup, listening to demonstrations and purchasing fluff.
I spent all day Friday checking in vendors, folding programs and setting up the information table. The day gave me some insight into the amount of time and energy required the weekend of the event by all parties involved. Organizers work hard to make sure the vendors have everything they need including lunch while they setup their booths. Kudos to all of the organizers and volunteers who made the event happen.
Check out this Sheep Herding by Dave Thomas video I took Saturday afternoon. I was amazed at how hard the dogs worked and the level of communication needed between the sheep herder and dog to effectively round-up the sheep.
I enjoyed listening to Elaina Kenyon from Avillion Farm talk about how to select the perfect fleece for your next project. She passed around samples of fiber from different sheep breeds and gave a great tip on how to test lock strength.
Mari Chiba from Mari Knits chatted with a small group of fiberistas curious to hear about what it’s like being a knitwear designer. I had no idea designers mostly submitted swatches and sketches instead of completed pieces and that just because you envision a pale yellow sweater with gray buttons doesn’t mean the publisher has the same vision.
My growing stash of fiber included some yellow fluff from Gerschubie Fiber Arts and BFL Superwash Top in Merlot and undyed 80/20 BFL and silk roving from Misty Mountain Farm. And I scored some very cushy cashmere from From The Mountain. I can’t wait to spin that up one day soon.
I had so much fun. I can’t wait until next year! If you’ve never attended a fiber festival or you’re curious to learn more, check out Wooly, wooly.