A few weeks back I visited the Michigan Fiber Fiesta with Melissa whose blog is Needle and Wheel Designs who also owns Lissabeth Alpacas and works at my favorite local yarn shop, Your Local Yarn Shop but most importantly has been a wonderful friend. Really, with credentials like those she should be...just kidding. She is an amazing lady and super fun to have around for a day full of fiber arts. If you haven't had a chance to read her blog or follow her, you should. Every time I turn around I am learning about more talents that she has either mastered or dabbled in.
Anyways, we left our farms for the day to check out this event which was in it's second year. What we found out is that we are two well-connected ladies. Between the two of us, we knew just about every in building. We spent the day catching up with fellow fiber artists and meeting some of our blogging and Ravelry friends for the first time in person. Twirly Curly Bird aka Melissa Plank who also contributes to Fiber Arts Friday via her Curly Bird Express blog was one of the vendors along with Tamara Miller from Via Verde Farm, whose blog you will also find linked in on most Fridays. Now, Tamara and I have known each other for quite some time because of the Alpaca community but Melissa is someone who I have admired from afar.
Now Melissa only lives about two hours from me but it seems likes more since I never seem to make the various Spinning meetups that the Grand Rapids Area Spinners have. I love the yarns she creates and the beautiful colors she dyes and sells in her Etsy shop. Her color palette and mine are definitely not the same but I am always longing to play with her creations. I finally got to see these colors in person and her photos keep true to the beautiful colors and textures she promotes. I bought one of her kits in colors that are un-Andrea like. The Art Yarn kit included an art batt, braid of wool and dyed tulle. The goal was for me to break away from my traditional yarn and experiment with different textures. Here is the LINK to what Melissa created with the same kit last December and as you can see from the photos I'm posting today, I came up with a totally different yarn. I ended up with 200 yards of two-ply yarn full of tulle bows that I plyed into the yarn and lots of textured "nubbys". I would spin thick then thin and just let whatever the art batt had in it drive the thickness of the singles so when I plyed the yarn I ended up with a very inconsistent but lively yarn.
Now, I am totally bored with scarves but I envision either a sassy cowl or a funky hat being knitted out of this yarn. It was a lot of fun and I think I am going to experiment with her dyed cocoons to add to my yarn next.
I am so happy to have finally met another amazing blogging and Ravelry friend. Fiber Festivals, no matter the size, are a perfect place to meet up. One day I hope to meet you too. Now...share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
Fiber Arts Friday Blog Carnival!
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