Yarn Fest is yep you guessed it, a yarn and fiber sale hosted by the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo every year. According to their Facebook event page it is a "Premiere event for those loving yarn and fiber related items." That's pretty much me. So I went this year for my first time. It was an awesome display of mostly yarn and some fiber by talented indie dyers and spinners form New York State and Pennsylvania. The bulk of the event took place in one of the meeting rooms at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Amherst, NY. But my favorite part of the event was just outside in the parking lot. There was a yarn truck! I just think that is the coolest thing. Maybe I live a sheltered life over here to 1. get that excited over a traveling yarn truck and 2. not know that they existed. The truck is owned by buffalo native Jenna of Knitbuffalo. She's an extremely talented knitter, spinner, dyer, and all around sweet girl. I took a few photos in the truck but it was a little tricky because there were so many people clamoring to get in and shop. Check her out on her website . It has all her events listed so if you're ever in the area you can go see her in person. She told me a secret that I can't divulge about one of my very favorite knitwear designers coming to Rhinebeck this year and possibly doing a small local event with her just prior. That will also be posted on her events page closer to the Rhinebeck Fiber Festival. If you're interested in online shopping for her squishy goodies take a peek at the site ! I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and she had a few colorways named with quotes from the show. I love finding a fiber friend who has the same geeky interests as me.
Moving along inside there was a table set up for people interested in joining the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo. I've been told they have something like 200 members which totally intimidates my introverted self so I did not check them out. I should though because resources! Then in the next room over was the main part of the event. There were many vendors set up with such beautiful yarns and fiber. I purchased a beautiful skein of a lusterous alpaca blend in a dark navy color from Golden Oak Farm. The yarn base is called Astral and every single colorway they had it in was gorgeous. I had a hard time picking just the one. You can check them out at www.alpacasetc.net. It came with a one skein pattern for a cowl that I can't wait to knit up. I have to finish the mkal I'm currently working on though first. And I also purchased a stunning skein of hand dyed roving from The Spinning Bunny. Is roving in a skein? The color is called Aurora Borealis and it is to die for. I can't wait to spin it up into some chunky art yarn and weave something with it. Click here for the Spinning bunny etsy shop.
There were just so many beautiful yarns and fibers there. There was even one woman selling chicken items there...like chicken feathers in a mason jar with a chicken-y print fabric on the lid. And she was selling pictures of her chickens as well. My mom used to have a chicken theme in her kitchen when I was growing up and I almost bought a jar of feathers as a joke gift for her for Mother's Day...I decided to be a good daughter and get her a flamingo shaped bird house to hang in her garden instead.
All in all I think it was a very successful event. I love supporting the fiber community and small businesses. I hope you all can go and enjoy fiber related events in your community and support people doing what they love! Plus you never know what goodies you will find. There are so many talented people out there in the fiber world that are hidden gems. Go out and find them!