This year Fibrefest was at the Ag-Rec Centre instead of the huge Tradex like last year, and it was quite different from last year. It's true that I didn't buy anything but a lemonade last year (technically I think Stu bought it), and this year I did buy a bunch of sock yarn, but still I think it was better last year.
There were a lot more animals last year, including a llama show, and an alpaca shearing, and angora rabbits. This year, there were only a few alpacas (they were definitely beautiful, just not plentiful!), two llamas, a sheep and a lamb, and two cashgora goats.
There were also way more shoppers last year.
On the bright side, we did get to see some awesome vendors, including Yummy Yarns and Rabbitworks Studio. This was the first big show for both of these local indie dyers and they both had really fabulous yarns.
Local-ish yarn stores including Fun Knits of Quadra Island and Knitopia of Langley - I think, were also there. These were the stores I scored my sock yarn from, oh and I also scored some teal lace weight merino from Knitopia.
I had intended to take a ton of pictures, but really, I only got the one of the Fibrefest sign a few blocks away from the building. I know, it's pathetic. I had given Stu my camera bag so I could shop with both hands, and I never got it back from him to take pictures. Caliope and Stu each got pictures as well, but it was only of me spinning (the most exciting part of yesterday).
We ventured into the Birkeland Bros. booth to take a look at the spinning wheels, which I have always been curious about, but they've always intimidated me. The knowledgeable staff showed me how the wheel worked, and I started spinning! On a wheel! An Ashford Traveller to be precise. It took me about 2 minutes before I got the hang of it.
It was funny, because as I was spinning there were people coming up and saying to the other people they were with, "We'll I'd like to spin, but I'd never be as good as that", referring to me. Other people thought I worked there! I think I have found my calling!
I am seriously contemplating buying a wheel. Maybe today. It could happen. Seriously.