It was a lovely weekend at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY. The weather was perfect. There were animals, yummy food, classes, demonstrations and lots and lots of shopping!
The only downside to the weekend was that Jacey Boggs Faulkner, our featured guest, was stuck in Chicago all weekend. This poor woman spent the night in the airport Friday night and tried to get a flight all day on Sat. At midnight Saturday with her luggage and wheel somehow in D.C. and still no flight to NY in site she decided it was time to make her way back home. So Boucle and Coils will have to wait.
One of the things I really love about the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild (besides the fact that they're a bunch of fun loving fiber fans) is that they really care about others. This year we made Hats and Mittens for Preemies at Strong; Hats, Gloves,and Scarves for Veterans and Domestic Violence Victims; and last but not least Knitted Knockers for Breast Cancer Survivors (These were a lot of fun knitting in public :)
The Guild also had displays for our Pillow Exchange and Anniversary Fiber. For the pillow exchange each member exchanged 8oz of fiber, spun it up and then made a pillow for the person who donated the fiber. They all turned out so beautifully it was hard to chose who to vote for.
For GVHG's 30th Anniversary all the members recieved 2oz of BFL fiber in one of three colourways. We spun it up however we wanted and then returned them for display at the Fiber Fest. You can see them all hanging up in the top right photo. In the bottom photo is the one I spun and chain plied.
Here are some pictures of the Skein and Garment Competition.
I was so excited to find out that some of my entries won prizes.
And of course no festival would be complete without shopping!
In back 8oz. of 19 micron merino from WinderWood Farm, 5oz of Finn
Front 1.5 oz of llama from Black North Fiber, souvenier cup and Greener Shades dyes from the Fuzzy Bunny. I had a great time, saw old friends and made some new, I can't wait 'til next year!