Carolina Fiber Fest Visit

Hello my fiber friends! This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Carolina Fiber Festival in Raleigh, NC! I wandered around the beautiful booths, met up with some fiber friends, and got myself into some fibery trouble! Well, according to my bank account anyway. 🙂

There were so many amazing vendors! I had a lovely conversation with Natasha, from Unplanned Peacock Studio, who kindly offered to dye a special skein of singles up for me! She went through a few of her colorways and even wrote down my favorites so I could decide and put in an order. Yarn dyers are the best!

I also got to see my knitty Facebook friends! We stopped traffic in the isles to take pictures and recruited a very sweet gal to snap our picture. Fiber festivals are great mini retreats for fiber friends, and it turns out, a great place to make new friends! I met some wonderful new friends while manning the booth for the Ol’ North State Knitting Guild, which I had recently joined. If you are in the Raleigh area, do check us out and come knit with us!

The Carolina Fiber Festival isn’t just about yarn, there were all sorts of spinning, weaving, needlework, and other vendors as well! Seeing some beautiful spinning wheels and these gorgeous drop spindles made desperately want to practice my spinning! I have a wheel and spindles – and fiber! – so now I need to make time to spin. If you are a fiber lover, there was something here for you, too! The wheel above was part of the display for Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild; the drop spindles are made by The Clay Sheep.

Just for fun, I got myself some Henna tattoos from the Sonali Club of Raleigh. Love them! Although, admittedly, I was not able to sit still long enough for it dry completely and did happen to smudge one on my shirt. Oops!

Of course, last but certainly not least, the trouble I got into! Last year at Fiber Fest I passed up some gorgeous tweed yarn from Iria Yarn Compay, and kicked myself for it all year! This year I was determined not to make the same mistake, so I picked up 4 skeins that I will fade together, either in a sweater or a shawl.

The second set of yarn is from the very dear Shellee of Haute Knit Yarn. I am smitten! This is on her Trever Morgan DK base and it is absolutely perfect for me to finally knit a Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. The rich pink and mint green colorways jumped out at me, and happened to be named after a song I love, Color Me Once by the Violent Femmes. I chose the other two colorways based on those two (with the help of a new friend, Tracy) and I can’t wait to get started!

All in all, I had a wonderful time and had a healthy dose of yarn fumes! I hope you have enjoyed this entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade’s fiber adventures! If you click affiliate links above and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission. This means you are supporting my yarny dreams, and for that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee!

 

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Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy Feelings

Happy Friday friends! HalesBee here with just a bit of knitty news! Well, maybe more just a bit of knitty chat. I have been in the Clayton area near Raleigh for about two years now. I have met a few knitty people, but mostly engage in the virtual fiber community. Where I’m at, its at least a 30 minute drive one way to most knitting meet ups and local yarn shops, but Thursday night I finally decided to just brave the traffic and go make some new knitting friends!

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My Flax Sweater in my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop.

I packed up my Flax Sweater by TinCanKnits and drove to Cary to Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy yarn shop, where they have a knit night every Thursday. I’m so glad I went! I met some lovely knitty people and had a lovely knitty time. Rebecca, the owner, was super sweet and welcoming! They had wine, which I would have loved to take part in drinking, but I did have to find my way back home. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful time and I’m definitely going back!

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Of course, while I was in a yarn shop, I had to allow myself a bit of indulgence. Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy has a fantastic selection of yarn, and Rebecca does sell online. I reccommend visiting her site if you’re looking for some great yarns! I found the two colorways above by Olann, which I may pair with some yarn from Machette Shoppe and put into a fade of some kind. The orange colorway is called Inferno, and the blue with multi color speckles is called Troublemaker – no wonder they spoke to me!

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Naughty little knitter that I am, I couldn’t help but pick out two more skeins! They’re self striping! I had to! These beauties are from Biscotte Yarns. The bright top colorway is Wonka, and the darker colorway is called Les ailes d’un papillon (which Rebecca clued me in is “the wings of a butterfly” in French). I cannot wait to cast these on!

I’m so thrilled to have met some new fiber friends and I am excited to go back next week! If you are in the Raleigh/Cary area, I highly reccommend checking out Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy – maybe I’ll see you there!

I hope you have enjoyed this little entry into the diary of HalesBee’s adventures! Have a wonderful knitty weekend everyone!

Love from HalesBee

 

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