When I first mentioned to my fiberry friends here that they might enjoy a trip to the Michigan Fiber Festival, one was quite perplexed. After a moment’s silence she asked, “Is it just a lot of, like, beans?”
All I had to do was tell her about the llamas, and I was in. This girl loves her llamas and, really, who could blame her?
Last year Jason and I schlepped to the festival, conveniently only about 45 minutes away in Allegan, less than a week after moving here. I was so excited: I’d never had a car while being a knitter, and it was my first festival. I got a lot of yarn last year (most of which is still languishing, unknit, in the stash), and we had a great time. This year, he stayed at home with a friend’s husband and played WOW, while I carpooled with two friends to the fest.
As Jason says, I’ve kind of spread knitting like the plague around here. Since I’ve come, a bunch of grad students have started getting together at each other’s apartments and knitting/crocheting, and two new people have learned since I’ve been here. We always have a great time, and I feel that part of this is because knitting and graduate school seem a natural fit: it is a great way to pass the time while in a myriad of meetings, and it’s a wonderful way to relax after a stressful day of teaching and taking classes. When you combine that with the location of our school, smack dab in the middle of Michigan’s “Snow Belt,” you’ve got the perfect storm for a hotbed of knitting activity.
Anyhoo, the two people I went to the festival with are relatively new knitters. They’ve both tackled scarves so far, and are looking to branch out into projects of the non-rectangular variety. I felt such a shift from my trip last year. While a year ago I was wandering around starry-eyed, trying to figure out yarn weights and requirements, this year I was the one answering, not asking, questions. My friends were too funny, calling me the knitting guru no matter how much I explained I have left to learn. They both got some gorgeous, local yarns, and I can’t wait to see what they knit up.
I stuck to my vow to only buy fiber, and came home with some fluffy bags of awesomeness. Head to my Flickr page for details. I’ll be off spinning until the next time you hear from me!