Sunday was Fibrations Victoria, the annual gathering of fiber lovers in the gardens at St. Ann’s Academy near downtown.
It was a wonderful gathering of incredibly talented and dedicated artists and small business people.
I have to say, one of the things I love most about the fiber community is supporting women-run businesses. It is a joy to hand over my money to these (mostly) women.
On a side note, I need to get my fiber spending under control a little. I budgeted $120 to spend at the event, and only spent $60. So, was this a victory or a failure of budgeting?
Anyways, on to the photos and wonderful people I met.
This is Evid (pronounced like “evidence”). She is using copper wire on bobbins to make intricate and delicate lace. I loved meeting her and her passion and love for her craft poured out of her.
Isn’t she gorgeous?
Evid said that this bookmark will take 15 hours to make, and it seems to be 15 hours of pure joy for Evid.
These women from Through Fairfield Seasons Eco-Arts Project are weaving sculptural pieces from blackberry stalks. After removing the thorns (use gloves!), they weave them to make these lovely sculptures.
I loved watching Erica work, she is beautiful and so talented.
This woman is weaving soaked willow into gorgeous baskets. When I swung back around an hour later, this piece had doubled in height. I didn’t get a chance to speak to her as so many people were gathered to chat with her.
This is raw wool locks being knit as a scarf. Each lock is knit for just 2 or 3 stitches before the next is knit in giving the finished product about 3 inches of fuzzy texture.
Hand spindled, 2-ply lace weight yarn from Peru made with natural dyes like cochineal! I am in awe of the talent of the Peruvian men and women who make this yarn – and the price was so affordable, between $4 and $12 per ball.
While I wouldn’t likely wear this, the colours are magic!
Great colour choices from Katikloo Fibre Studio.
From Kamloops, Mary-Anne spun this gorgeous multi-coloured BFL roving. It is so soft to touch. For less than $20, I took home this treasure.
As you would expect with such bulky yarn, it is only 116 meters – so I guess a cowl is now on the “must make soon” list. I’m canvassing for pattern suggestions.
My New Yarn Crush
Okay, I promised to tell you about my new yarn-crush. But this is more than a crush, it is love at first site.
Caterpillar Green Yarns is a brand new yarn company in Victoria producing gorgeous long-striping cashmere blend sock yarn.
Yes, long striping!
Yes, cashmere ( 20%)!
Yes, it is dyed in Victoria!
And, they sell mini, large, and XL skeins – which is genius.
I was able to purchase 4 mini skeins at $10 each which I will likely use as accents in mittens and fingerless gloves
When I bumped into Amanda from KnitSocial, I gushed: “You HAVE to check out this amazing new dyer” and guess what she pulled out of her bag? Yup, the skein I had been fondling just a few minutes prior!
I can’t write about Fibrations without a huge shout out to Ryan and Stephanie of Knotty by Nature, a wonderful fiber shop in Victoria. They lead the organizing to bring together this fantastic event. You could see the joy and love of fiber just beaming out of them at their booth. I only have one complaint, I wanted to win at least a dozen of the raffle prizes, which just didn’t happen.
much love always,
p.s. I went to the event with my friend Jayne who describes herself as a new knitter. It was great fun to talk about the booths from the perspective of someone relatively new, though Jayne has already knit a “scrabble blanket” and a 15 foot scarf, so by my best calculation, that must be over 10,000 stitches!
p.p.s Andy would like credit for the title of this post, which was originally “Victoria Fibrations” and he suggested “Good Fibrations Victoria.” Cheeky.