It’s Fiber Festival Time!

Sheep Fiber Festival

Sheep Fiber FestivalCooler days mean it’s time for fiber festivals. If you’ve never been to one, you don’t know what you are missing. They are great family activities, and my now-grown children have fond memories of the hours we spent watching -and sometimes petting – the animals, eating great food, and petting and buying yarn. (Well ok, maybe the yarn thing is just my fond memory.)

Most festivals also feature workshops of all kinds. You can hone your knitting and crocheting skills, learn to spin or weave, learn about animal husbandry and dog training, and more.

Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials

Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials at MontpelierThe Virginia Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials in Montpelier takes place October 7 and 8. It’s a nice regional show and a long-time favorite of mine. It’s manageable in a day but offers plenty of variety and entertainment. I’ll be there on Saturday, October 5, signing books and demonstrating rigid heddle weaving in the demo tent. This year, unlike last year, I will remember to bring the heddle.


Rhinebeck New York Sheep and Wool FestivalThe New York Sheep & Wool Festival, known affectionately as “Rhinebeck”, is October 21-22, 2017. Fiber enthusiasts of all stripes descend on the small Hudson River town of Rhinebeck, site of the New York State Fairgrounds. This one’s a biggie! Bring your comfy shoes, your shopping list, your fat purse, and your hungry stomach, as you’ll need all of those to navigate the show.

I’ll be at the Merritt Books booth all weekend, doing book signings and exclaiming over beautiful handwork.

If you are there, please do me a favor: Buy out my book inventory, because if I sell all they have, I’m free to wander the show!

What’s your favorite fall fiber activity?

Instagram Takeover @StitchesEvents!

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Stitches TexasStitches Texas is coming up at the Dallas Convention Center in Irving, Texas September 14-17, and I’ve taken over the Stitches Events Instagram for a few days! Here are some more details about what I shared:

Crochet ConfidenceAt Stitches Texas, students will leave my Crochet Confidence class with their crochet questions answered, techniques mastered, and “what if’s” explored. In other words, we will be creating a lot of new Crochet Bosses!

Edie Eckman designsCheck out some of my self-published designs—both knitting and crochet. Clockwise, from top left:

a) Folly Scarf, a zig-zaggy knit featuring a unique closure and which can be worn a bunch of different ways;

b) Cascade of Color Scarf, a crocheted riot of color from a single skein of yarn, with both text and charted instructions;

c) Modern Granny Scarf, a new take on a classic, using long color-changing yarn;

d) No Gauge Custom Knit Gloves, gloves that really fit in a variety of yarn weights—no gauge swatch required!

Solve your too-tight foundation chain problem by leaving out that pesky chain altogether. Find out how in Foundation Crochet Stitches at Stitches Texas on September 15.
My cute knitted Halloween Neckwarmer in Sueño Worsted from Skacel HiKoo features Jack-O-Lantern, Ghost and Skull Motifs. Start knitting now, and you’ll have it ready in plenty of time for October festivities.
Stitch Dictionaries are my favorite type of knitting book, and we’ll explore LOTS of them in Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries at Stitches Texas. We’ll look at lace, cables, textures and more. Bring your favorite stitch dictionary (or three) and join the fun! 

Melbourne Shawl close-upMy brand-new Melbourne Shawl pattern gets compliments wherever it goes. A five-sided open square creates the generous drape of this season-spanning wrap. The extra side means that it wraps securely and stays in place. How many different ways can you style it? Choose your favorite three colors of fingering weight yarn, or go for broke with a novel color combination as shown here. The sample was made with the yummy Haiku from Anzula Luxury Fibers.

And, of course, join us for knitting and crochet fun in Irving on September 14.

Save the Date: The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

The Knit Show Logo

The Knit Show LogoIn early August I spent a couple of days in Austin, Texas, shooting a segment of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.

It was a great experience, and Vickie–the ultimate knitting/crochet cheerleader–is building a great community of fiber enthusiasts.

Exploring Austin

The fun started the day I got there, when I met up with Michele Muska from Boye/Simplicity. We walked down South Congress, looked at boots at Allens, soaked in some of the weirdness that is Austin and had a great dinner at South Congress Cafe. 

Behind the Scenes

The next day Vickie’s son chauffered me to the studio (it’s a boot-strapped operation). Taiu Landra of Koigu and Amanda Jarvis (photo), the brand-spanking-new owner of Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby were also guests.

(It was a bit odd arriving all dressed up but with no makeup, but we knew that would be taken care of.) Taiu and Amanda and I had a great time hanging out in the Green Room, talking business and knitting. You know what happens when a bunch of knitters get together, right? Rowdiness often ensues. We were having such a good time that they had to keep coming down from the set and telling us to be quiet.

Amanda Jarvis knitsFinally, it was time for my make-up, then my seemingly-brief time on camera. Producer extraordinaire Karin Strom had made sure I was prepared, and everything was ready to go. Vickie is such a pro, we just breezed through in no time at all.

I demonstrated adding a crocheted border on a cute tea-towel apron. I’ll be sharing more details about the project and how to make your own apron, in future posts. And, of course, you’ll be able to watch my demo on The Knit Show October 5. 

What is The Knit Show?

The Knit Show is a web-based series from Vickie Howell, the host of “Knitty Gritty” and “Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell”.  This is something we fiber enthusiasts really want: the Kickstarter campaign has gotten a lot of support from individual knitters as well as fiber-related companies. Take a peek at the huge list of backers; you are certain to recognize a name or two. 

The entire Season 1 will be released online to everyone, everywhere, on October 5, so mark your calendars and plan your binge-watching accordingly.

For another perspective, check out Heather Walpole’s blog post.