I didn't get any sewing done this weekend because yarn. And I mean serious yarn. The 10th annual DFW Fiber Fest was bigger than ever! It all started Thursday evening with a 10th anniversary kick-off event featuring the Yarn Harlot herself, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She premiered a new talk, "Knitting: Can't Stop, Won't Stop," written just for us, and we all laughed and laughed and laughed. And for those knitters who didn't already have all her books autographed [read: not me], she did that too.
The vendor hall opened and classes commenced on Friday, though I did not attend either what with the whole "work" thing. However, I was able to witness the return of Franklin Habit on Friday night - his third time at DFWFF, but my first time hearing him speak. His presentation, "Five Women, Five Shawls," was also a brand new talk and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Afterward, he was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for me and grace me with a photograph. (He also called me a "mad woman" for the time that went into my Mini Mania shawl.)
On Saturday and Sunday, the vendor hall was packed to the rafters, it seemed, with glorious yarn, fiber, and tools of the trade, along with many a knitter, crocheter, spinner, and weaver basking in the glow of it all.
It hung from the walls.
It filled cubbies and bins.
Some was twisted up in neat, color-coordinated hanks.
While others were allowed to hang free.
Ultimately, I showed great self-restraint, bringing only three of them home with me.
Before going shopping, I gave my stash a once-over on Ravelry. I noticed an abundance of blues and greens, so I decided to lean toward reds and oranges on this excursion.
I found [left to right below] a lovely hank of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply fingering weight yarn in French Marigold, some hand-dyed Merino Lace from Gynx Yarns in the Rustic colorway, and a tasty morsel called High Wire 3-ply from Yarn Carnival aptly named Damnation!
Just don't ask me what I plan to make with them. I honestly have no clue yet. But I can assure you whatever they become will be gorgeous!