Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friends and Fibre Festivals
Knitting In Public Day was a great success. We sat in the sun on the lawn outside city hall; there must have been at least 25 of us knitting away. Lots of people saw us (which is the whole point - promoting awareness of the craft) and some curious onlookers stopped to chat. I was pleasantly surprised by a few friends, like Curlysalamander, who stopped by to knit their stuff.
The day was organized by Marilyn who is also the organizer for the upcoming Victoria Fibre Fest and Knit-Out (June 20-22). In honour of this fibre fest and of fibre festivals everywhere, I dedicate this week of blogging to The Fibre Fest and many things it has to offer. Each post will explore a different aspect of fibre festivals. There is so much to talk about that I realize now, a week isn't going to be enough. There is the shopping, the classes, the people, the talks, the fashion shows, the friends you meet, the demonstrations, the way a single day can change the direction of the rest of your life. There is also the element of how what you picked up at the fibre fest stays with you during the year, whether it be the skein of yarn or a new friendship. There is a permanent element to, what by it's very nature, is a transient event. Even if you cannot make it to this fibre fest (and I hope you can as the grape vine tells me it's going to be even better than last year), don't let the fibre festivals in your area pass you by. There is nothing quite like it.