I just got home from attending Twist. It was the first time I’ve been to a fiber fest, and pssibly the last. I’m just not a festival person. The festival was really well organized. There were plenty of vendors selling a variety of fiber related items. But I hate crowds, and after an hour and a half I was ready to go.
One of my favourite parts was the mini fiber farm set up outside. It really was mini. There were 5 or 6 Shetland sheep and 3 alpacas. I fell in love with the alpacas instantly. They’re so cute. They really seemed to lave all the attention they were getting, they were even posing for the cameras.
There was also a sheep shearing demonstration. The shearing was part of a sheep to rug demo. Throughout the festival they’re going to spin fleece and weave it into a rug. I watched the sheep shearing and went inside and the team was already carding the fiber to prep it for spinning.
I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful items in the artisan room. I’m amazed at what some people make out of wool. My favourite was the stall by felt artist Maggie Glassop. Her felt images were framed like paintings. I don’t know how she turned a bunch of wool into a beautiful landscape. I hope that someday, when I get around to learning how to felt, I can make something half as good as her. Now that I’ve seen her work I think I’m going to have to take the class on felting she teaches at my LYS.
I made a few purchases. I’m quite proud of myself for spending less than 100$. I regret not buying a new drop spindle while I was there, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend 60$ on a spindle this early into my spinning career.
My first purchase was a lifetime supply of fiber from The Black Lamb. I ended up buying a total of 2.5lbs of fiber from them. I ended up buying 4 different colours. All the fiber that I bought was priced at 5$/lb. I couldn’t say no. I’m pretty sure it’s all superwash merino, I probably should have asked.
Then I want to the Cottage Craft Angora stall. I really wanted to like this vendor and I wasn’t disappointed. Most of vendors didn’t seem very approachable, which deterred me from buying anything from them. But this vendor was different. He was friendly, greeted everyone as they approached and jumped in to help if it looked like you had a question. Personable, without being a pushy salesman. I had planned on buying a skein of there shetland wool. I ended up buying 2 and I couldn’t resist the qiviut roving. Qiviut is so expensive but I just couldn’t resist. 50g cost me 75$, but it was worth it. I can’t wait to try spinning it.
By this point it was getting pretty crowded so I decided to leave. I would like to mention Purlin J’s Roving Yarn Co. I didn’t buy anything from them but they were one of my favourite vendors, the service from them was excellent. I also love that they sell yarn out of a truck. It’s like a food truck but it’s filled with yarn. Who wouldn’t love a travelling LYS. I wish I had gotten into knitting sooner, I would shop there all the time if I was still living in Kingston.
When I left the festival around 11:15, the line to get in was crazy long. There was easily 100-200 people in line. I was glad I got there soon after they opened because I would have hated to be around that crowd the whole time. I feel bad for the people waiting in that line. It looked like a long wait and it was hot outside. And they probably had a long walk from their cars to get to the line. There were cars everywhere when I left. I was lucky to get there early enough to park in the parking lot, maybe a 2 minute walk from the entrance.
Now I have to go deal with my laptop’s power cord. My laptop just decided to take a swan dive onto the floor and now the power cord isn’t working.