I’ve lived mostly in the Bay Area for the last 25 years, but not once have I made it to the local fiber festival known as Lambtown – at least until this past weekend. My secret to attending was a. not being employed on a Sunday, making the whole weekend available for fun, and b. signing up for a class.
I attended just for Saturday because I played with a friend on Sunday, but I managed to have a pretty good time. The signage for the festival was extra good – I never had to ask where something was because the map was good, and the signs even better!
There were two full rooms of vendors with yarn, fiber, tools and accessories. Some don’t go to the “big” events because they cost a lot, so it was fun to see new-to-me folks.
My strategy for the marketplace was to have a strict budget, and not buy any fiber until after the spinning class that I took called Self-Striping yarn- with the amazing Abby Franquemont. I had taken a class on spindling with her several years ago at Rhinebeck, so I knew I’d get a lot out of the class. This is one of her “on the floor” exercises for taking solids and playing with how to make strips.
This is what I bought, ending up under budget this time:
The braid is 100% BFL wood in the Norwegian Gold heather color way from Greenwood. I love the darker natural fiber mixed with the heathered colors! The buttons are from a new-to-me button company from Oregon called Wooly Moss Roots – it was a group of “seconds” (they look fine to me) for only $5.00. They were at Stitches West last year, but won’t be back because they are small and that event is pretty expensive. I love their buttons but didn’t have a reason to buy more.
The yarn is from Invictus Yarns – and oh, I love her hand-dyes. This is the Tenacity yarn, which is an 80/20% superwash merino/silk blend in the Dream Magic Colorway. Such great color sense! This will be part of secret project so mums the word! It wasn’t until I took the photo that I realized how similar the fiber and yarn color ways are.
There wasn’t time to go see the sheep, but one of them did stop by the vendor area and was dressed mighty fine!
All in all, there was more than I could see in the time that I had, and for a $5 fee entrance, this event is really a bargain. The only downside was that there were only three food vendors, so next time I’ll bring some food for lunch and avoid that crush!