This past weekend was the first ever Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in Hood River, Oregon. This event is the brainchild of Yvonne Ellsworth of Lavender Sheep, and sponsored by local yarn store Knot Another Hat. There were classes in spinning, knitting, and fiber selection. I wasn’t able to take classes this weekend, but I did drive out to visit the market on Saturday. I saw lots of fiber friends, old and new.
Knitted Wit (Lorajean) was hosting my patterns in her booth. Thanks, LJ! I see my blue Pacific Shawl as a bit of window dressing here.
Lorajean’s Baby O was having a fine time crawling over this suitcase. Hours of entertainment!
I sent the new Sakura cowl and mitts with her, too. I liked my pattern so much that I knit another on Saturday and wore it on Sunday.
It looks good on everybody! (I can’t believe Mookie let me do this.)
Spindlewood had some very lovely hand spindles. I did manage to resist, but only because I haven’t been spindling at all. These could manage to tempt me back, though.
Cheryl Newhouse from New Hue Handspuns had the coolest little spinning “wheel,” the miniSpinner from Hansen Crafts. It’s electricity driven by a foot pedal so she doesn’t have to treadle (she spins huge amounts of yarn). It’s a very small setup, but it’s highly efficient!
I met another single-L Michele. This is Michele LeBlanc from Toots LeBlanc. They specialize in unique woolen blends in all natural colors, using fiber from animals raised on small family farms in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Lovely stuff.
I stopped in at Knot Another Hat‘s booth, and saw lots of Lantern Moon bags, baskets, and notions in their center display. I also saw a swing bucket bag in a fabric I hadn’t seen before,and now there’s a new thing on my must-have list. I didn’t get a picture of it…what was I thinking?!
I generally don’t buy much at festivals, because I like to have a plan for the yarn before I buy it, and I like to decide that just before casting on. But this came home to me:
One skein of Alpha B‘s Luxe B fingering weight, 50% superwash merino, 50% silk. The color is stainless steel, with lots of shades of gray in it. It has a lovely sheen, and it’s really soft. No, it won’t be socks! I have a new design on the needles, and this will be another version of it. Anne Morrow, the dyer, didn’t want to be in the picture, so here’s a picture of the rest of the Luxe B yarn. Mine is on the bottom right!
It sounds like this was a successful event, and I’m looking forward to it coming around again next year. How was your weekend?