Fiber Festivals

Hi everyone! I have been searching for a resource that lists all of the Fiber Festivals in the United States and just when I thought I had a lot of work to do to create a list myself…I found this website and it’s updated for 2017!

Here is where you can find a list of fiber festivals broken down by region and date. They also have links to the festival websites (awesome!!!): http://fiddleheadfibers.com/fiber-festivals-list/

Here is where you can search for fiber festivals near you (someone pinch me): http://fiddleheadfibers.com/fiber-festivals-map/

Thank you for all the hard work, Fiddlehead Fibers!

P.S. If a spinner is reading this post, would you PLEASE read this post and let me know if you can help me find out what kind of spinning wheel this is / approximate years built/used? Or pass it along to anyone who may be able to help. Thank you!

Took a picture of this guy or gal a couple years ago at a fiber festival 🙂

What Kind of Spinning Wheel?

I bought this spinning wheel in an antique shop and am trying to find out about it. After lots of searching, I THINK it could be Turkish but I really don’t know. Is there anyone out there who could help? I’d love to know what estimated years it’s from, where it’s from, the proper name for it, etc. It is missing some parts and it would help me possibly replace them if I knew more about the piece. Thank you for your help!

Spinning wheel


Spinning wheel

Spinning wheel

Spinning wheel

Spinning Wheel

New Pottery!

At a local arts & crafts festival today, I found an AWESOME booth. Clement Clayworks out of Springfield, MO. The owner had so many beautiful items.

Well, you know I just had to scoop up a yarn bowl. I love it!

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It also has two holes on the side you can put your needles in when you’ve put your project down.

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I’ve already put it to use!

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On the bottom, it says “Clement / Enjoy Life!”

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Like I said, the owner had absolutely beautiful items. I couldn’t pass up a bread bowl. He even added several free bread recipe cards to the purchase!

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Can’t wait to use it!

Here’s to the Weekend Scarf

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I am SO EXCITED! I made up the pattern to this scarf and love it! It’s a quick, easy knit and is great for beginners and experienced knitters alike. It’s a casual, chunky scarf that will add a nice touch of sophistication to your casual outfits. You can make this as long or as short as you want. It looks really great with a pair of jeans and cream or other light colored shirt. It is GREAT to knit over a weekend!

Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA, Sioux City Tweed (Super bulky)

Needles: Size 15 (US)

I used a little over 1 1/2 skeins (each skein of this particular type is 64 yds).

Pattern:

Rows 1-6: Knit

Row 7: K1, *YO, SL1K (Slip stitch as if to knit), K1, PSSO (pass slipped stitch over), continue from * all the way across until last stitch, knit last stitch.

Rows 8-13: Knit

Row 14: Same as row 7.

Continue pattern until you finish row 202. Then bind off.

For design: Rows 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77, 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 119, 126, 133, 140, 147, 154, 161, 168, 175, 182, 189, 196.

The pattern might intimidate some of the more beginning knitters, so I decided to make a video tutorial so that you can learn the techniques and realize how EASY it is to make this great fashion accessory that will keep you warm all winter long. So, I’ll shut up now and get to it! (I realized that in the video, I call the design part a “new technique” but I mean that it’s new for beginner knitters, not a new technique all together. Just want to clarify!).

And here are some more photos!

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If you like this scarf, please comment and let me know!

My First Time Knitting Without an Already-Written Pattern

Hi Everyone!

I decided to do something a little different and knit my own pattern. I decided something like a washcloth would be good to experiment with. I made it a little bit bigger than a normal washcloth, but that’s okay! I’m just happy I didn’t go off of an already-written pattern.

If you new to knitting, this pattern would be great practice for you. More experienced knitters should be able to modify it pretty easily to get the size they want.

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Here is what I used:

I used 4.0mm needles (size 6 in US and size 8 in UK/Canada)

The yarn I used is Peaches & Creme, color is “Sail Away Stripes” (worsted weight, 100% cotton).

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Pattern:

Cast On 52

Rows 1 – 3: Knit

Row 4: K3, K2 P2 to last three stitches, K3 (knit the last 3 stitches)

Row 5: K3, K2 P2 to last three stitches, K3

Row 6: K3, P2 K2 to last three stitches, K3

Row 7: K3, P2 K2 to last three stitches, K3

Continue rows 4 – 7 until you have a total of 59 rows (including the first three that you initially knit), THEN…

Rows 60 – 62 – Knit

Bind Off!

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If anyone tries this and you can’t understand how I wrote the pattern, please let me know.

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I think I will use the same pattern to maybe make a smaller washcloth and even a dishtowel. Maybe even a little scrubbie!

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