I love meeting crocheters at Interweave Yarn Fest. The halls of the Embassy Suites Loveland have comfortable chairs and nooks for gathering, and I always look for hooks in the hands of the people sitting there. It’s a great place to see what other crocheters are working on (and maybe recruit some new crocheters)! I love finding new connections in our community. Big yarn events can feel like they’re all about the knitting, but here are some of my favorite crochet-centric things to do at Interweave Yarn Fest.
Imagine if you could stop the models at New York Fashion Week to get a good look at the garments, see how they were made, and find inspiration for your own work. Maybe the haute couture houses wouldn’t go for it, but the Saturday night Fashion Show is your opportunity to see your fellow crafters’ work up close and personal. Anyone at the Fashion Show can bring up to 3 pieces of crochet, knitting, weaving, and spinning (or other Yarn Fest crafts) to show off to an appreciative audience. This was one of my favorite events at last year’s Interweave Yarn Fest, and it will be even more special this year with a special exhibition of Latvian mittens.
There is so much information available in books and videos, but there’s still nothing like sitting down to learn from an expert who has encountered and solved every problem you come across. If you can’t get enough of Tunisian crochet, there are 5 different classes from complete beginner through challenging. There are foundational classes in stitches and design, and everyone can learn something new from Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips and Tricks class.
The Yarn Fest 2019 marketplace has vendors you’ve never seen before—it’s a great mix of fun and functional, affordable and aspirational. This year the vendor hall will be even bigger than past years. One of my favorite booths last year was Front Range Bags, a one-woman shop with beautifully made project bags. By the close of the market on Saturday night, she had sold her entire stock, so I’ll be lining up Thursday morning this year!
Although there are Yarn Fest events from March 27–31, the marketplace is only open 10–6 on Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30. The market is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
If you know someone who doesn’t crochet but should, this is the place to bring him or her. Seeing those projects in the Fashion Show would make anyone want to pick up a hook. See you there!