Knitting festivals

I’ve been lucky to visit a couple of knitting festivals in the last month or so. The Twist Fibre Festival was in St-André-Avellin at the end of August. I went with my friend Jenn and ended up with a new skein of Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in Shamrock. Someone put it back on the rack and I took it right away. She had bought the other matching skein & although I did offer it back to her in case she needed both, she held firm, so it came home with me:

Twist is also where I received the spindle I showed you recently. I’ve decided that I’m going to be a physical art installation. I’m going to keep spinning the 50g of yellow merino at school when dropping off & picking up the kids. When it’s finished, I’ll ply it. Then I’ll knit a hat from it when I’m dropping off & picking up the kids. Then (if one of the kids is willing to wear it), I’ll take them to school wearing it. I’m not sure that anyone will make the connection, but that’s part of the fun of it.

Last weekend I went to the Almonte Fibrefest with my friend Janet. Part of the festival was in the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. We were both quite taken with an exhibit from local artist Noelle Hamlyn. And there was another amazing tapestry exhibit that I’ll tell you more about later on (when I’ve gone through the photos).

I was a good enabler and introduced Janet to such lovely creators as Kathryn Drysdale (Riverside Studio), Windblest Farms (and their lovely tweed yarn), and Geneviève from Turtlepurl. Despite all the temptations, I only ended up coming home with some interesting new-to-me buttons, including some larger Bakelite ones:

And in surprise news, Louise Hunt over at the Caithness Craft Collective podcast has just announced that she’s running a knit along for any of my patterns. It’s going to run during the month of October. Go see the Caithness Craft Collective Ravelry Group for the details. And while you’re roaming the Internet, go have a listen to Louise over on her podcast page. I love her podcast for her news, chats, the drams with her husband, the visits with her mum, and her lovely accent.

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One Response to Knitting festivals

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I didn’t even know there was an Almonte Fibre Festival. I’ll have to go next year. I’m off to the Wolfe Island Fibre Fest this weekend. Know anyone who’d like to go to Rhinebeck? I’m offering a bed at the Beekman Arms in return for the drive. What a deal! Also, I’m off to TO for Twist’s 5th Anniversary Fashion Show next week. I’ll have time to kill–is there a yarn shop you just love there and would recommend?
    P.S. I just love the Ladybug, and am in the process of spinning for a version of my Zora cardigan. I can’t seem to start small.