This last weekend was the DFW Fiber Fest. I was there for part of all three days and had a wonderful time.
I took the Design Inspiration and Pinstripe Knitting classes by Lily Chin. They were both fantastic. I loved getting to see all of her pictures of her original inspiration and the finished designs. During the design class, she had me show off my Nouveau Beaded Capelet, not realizing at first that it was my own design. Then as one of my classmates put it, “Lilly Chin complemented your shawl up one side and down the other and then wanted to buy the pattern on the spot?!” Yes, Lily Chin bought my pattern from me in the middle of class!
I learned some interesting techniques in the pinstripe knitting class. I really like the look of pinstriped cables. Be on the lookout for pinstripes in upcoming designs.
I loved all the vendors. It truly took me all three days to see all the booths completely. Of course, I was wrangling Kelton and Taevin half the time (my mom had them the rest of the time) so that took up some of my time.
I was on the lookout for shawl pins to use while photographing my shawl patterns. I needed lightweight pins that would hold the shawls securely, without falling out. With two little boys, my pins tend to “disappear” as one of them grabs at it while I’m carrying them. First I bought these two pins from MsPurdy at PurdyThangz.com. These pins are really small and oh so pretty. Bonus, they have a sharp pin, so I can pin it through my top underneath the shawl, and they have stopper so I don’t stab myself or one of the boys.
Then I found the lovely twisted wire pins by Misty from Knitting Lagniappe. She hasn’t put pictures of her pins and jewelry on the site yet, but believe me, they’re gorgeous and fun. But I didn’t find one that was quite what I wanted. Just as I was walking away, I saw a beautiful coiled wire necklace with hanging pearls that I later learned were stitch markers. I commented to Misty that I wanted a shawl pin that looked just like that pendant. She immediately pulled it off it’s chain and stole the pin from another piece. Now I can use it either with the pin shaft or twist it into the lace. And since the stitch markers are removable, I can wear it with and without the pearls.
Here are all of the pins together with a dime for scale.
I got to meet Mary-Heather and Sarah at the Ravelry Meet-up on Saturday. Sarah’s baby is sooo adorable. He has the cutest smile! Then, Mary-Heather tried on my capelet and I got a picture with her. (yes, another fan-girl moment from me…) Doesn’t that color look gorgeous on her?
I also brought home these beautiful skeins of yarn that I’ve been commissioned to use in new designs. First is a skein of Budding in Iroquois by Lise of KnittingRose.net. Budding is a 10% Bison, 90% Superwash Merino sockyarn. It is so squishy. The Iroquois is one of my favorite color combinations, teal and brown. Look out for a sock pattern featuring this soon.
While talking with Michelle the Fiber Lady, we discovered that people switch up the names Melissa and Michelle in both directions. I constantly have people calling me Michelle and she says that people call her Melissa. Neither of us knew the names get switched the other direction and we don’t understand it. The names don’t seem related to us.
Anyway, I’ve admired her bamboo spinning fibers and yarns for a few years now at Kid n Ewe Fiber Festival. Now I have a beautiful skein of Chiku bamboo lace yarn with 1000 yds in a lovely spring colorway called After Dinner Mints.
I’ll be making a new shawl pattern with it using these beautiful beads from The Artful Bead.
Each tube contains about 500 beads. I don’t know how many I am going to need, so I played it safe and bought all 6 tubes that were left. 😉 Can you truly tell me that you wouldn’t have done the same.
All in all, I had a lot of fun and met a lot of wonderful people. I can’t wait for next year. It will be great!