This year as I wandered the barns. There was a wonderful vintage button dealer, with fabulous collections. Just the thing for the sweater you have on the needles right now. These wooden ones to the left are from Lazy Day Farms. **Slurp** (A little knitting drool!)
The felted poppies at right are another product on offering, with vintage button centers. They make lovely lapel pins, hair clips, and bag decorations. The colors were great, and Fenwood-Designs.com was generous enough to let me take these photos.
Valentine Arts had these unique yarns in their booth. Each ply is hand painted separately, and then plied together to make these beautiful yarns. And, each yarn is hand-spun. Fiber Festivals are one of the few places where you'll find a wide variety of hand-made yarns. For fiber fans who are looking to break out of the commercial-look mold, it's terrific to have several yarns to choose from.
As wonderful as all the "stuff" is at all these festivals, the best part is getting to spend time with the people. I love getting to visit with my students, who have wonderful stories and knitting styles that we build on in class. The owner of Battenkill Fibers, Mary Jane Packer, and I got to have a quick visit about sock knitting, and the preferences we have for the same type of long wearing heel patterns. Stephanie Grieger, of Dirty Water Dye Works, introduced me to some terrific new sock yarn, and we're brewing up something for the Rhinebeck 2013 Sock. Laurie Perrin, of Silver Moon Farm Fiber Arts, led me to some lovely superwash superfine merino which will allow me to finally make Louie's blanket.
These are all parts of why I love these events. If you haven't gone to a fiber festival yet, it's time to get off the couch, and go! Meet some fiber people, and make some new fiber friends. See things in person that will inspire you. I hope to meet you at a festival soon!