By Anne Merrow

Alpaca Bag: Why Travel to Interweave Yarn Fest 2018?

I’m lucky enough to live a few miles away from Interweave Yarn Fest http://interweaveyarnfest.com, which happens again on April 12–15, 2018. But some students and vendors come from all around the country to take part. I asked a few what brings them back year after year.

Find Everything in One Place
Suzie Liles of Eugene Textile Center, a premier sponsor of Yarn Fest, is an accomplished weaver and designer. She brings a wealth of yarns and weaving materials from Eugene, Oregon, but you can find supplies for just about every fiber craft in her booth. I always stop by to find special spinning gems and demonstrations. “We go to Yarn fest because the people are so nice,” she says. “Everyone is very supportive of Eugene Textile Center and they thank us for coming so far with our product for them to buy.

See Old Friends & Learn New Skills
My friend Lundie from Hawai’i was one of two guests who traveled over 3,000 miles to attend last year. “I’ve continued to come to Yarn Fest to see my ‘fiber family’ and to explore new facets of these ancient arts that we love, she says.” This year she’s learning two new subjects: machine knitting and spinning for bandweaving https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/287572%20. “And we like happy hour,” she adds. “(Just kidding.) (Sort of.)”

Discover Special Treasures
Each of the last 3 years I’ve left the Sincere Sheep booth with an armful of yarn or fiber. This will be the fourth year that dyer Brooke Sinnes has made her way from Napa Valley, California, with her yarns dyed in rich, vivid hues using only natural dyes. “I get to see customers from the Rocky Mountain West and the Midwest that I wouldn’t see otherwise,” she says. “I appreciate the mix of classes and vendors that the event provides.”


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