When I head to Colorado each spring to teach at Interweave Yarn Fest, I stuff my suitcases to the max with painted tops, roving, and batts. The spinners in my classes make quick work of what seemed like an endless pile of fiber. Like any reasonable spinner, I don’t leave the suitcases empty for long! Here’s my shopping list (so far):
I’m planning to buy at least one new spindle created by a new-to-me maker at this year’s market. I tend to gravitate toward the same types of spindles over and over—do you, too? One might call this a “rut,” if acquiring beautiful tools that seem made to fit my hand could be described that way. Eugene Textile Center, or ETC, often has a display with a range of spindles, so that will be my first stop. The ETC staff brings a large collection of tools, books, and supplies for spinning and weaving—an important addition to the marketplace.
I always stop by Susan McFarland’s booth to see the fiber she brought to the marketplace. From beautifully dyed hemp sliver to a Merino/silk/carbonized bamboo handpainted top, Susan usually has something so intriguing that I can’t leave it behind. As soon as I hit her booth, however, I head straight for Susan’s homegrown Teeswater fleece. Who can resist shiny ringlets?
Known for its amazing color, Redfish dyes yarns and fibers for spinners, weavers, and knitters. I always stop by to stock up on hand-dyed silk for thread-plying. Tidy little bundles of 120/2 silk have 600 yards in just a 10-gram skein!
I’m also looking forward to visiting several vendors that are joining Interweave Yarn Fest for the first time. Welcome, Fire Ant Ranch, Melting Pot Fibers and The Fleece Factory of the Rockies. I can’t wait to see what goodies you bring to Loveland!
The market at Interweave Yarn Fest is open to the public. For more information, visit the event’s website.