Nancy Knits and Crochets

Great Lakes Fiber Festival, Part 2

Posted on: May 27, 2009

I have some more to tell about the Great Lakes Fiber Festival that was held over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Did I tell you that there were five, yes, five exhibition halls full of fibery goodness, spinning wheels, drop spindles and other assorted goodies?  S.C. was like a little kid in the candy store.  She didn’t know what to buy first. I took my time and looked at everything, and then went back to the vendors that I had seen things that I couldn’t leave without.

Drop Spindle from Trading Post

This is my new drop spindle. I purchased it from Trading Post for fiber arts. These two ladies were the most kind people the I have met in along time.  S.C. purchased a spindle from them too.  They took the time to show us how to use the drop spindle, since both S.C. and I are both newbies to the fine art of spinning. This spindle was most least expensive of their line, and they felt it was the best for us to learn on. I haven’t had the time to try spinning anymore this week. I have heard from S.C., and she says she is having a blast with her spindle.  I have some roving that I will get out in the next day or so to see if I can get the hang of it.  They also, had some lovely rovings for a reasonable price, and lots of yarn, mainly sock yarn at a very reasonable price. To bad they are located in Indiana, because I would be there on a weekly basis taking spinning classes, and fondling yarn. I want to thank these kind ladies for their patience with S.C. and myself, as we learned some very basic spinning tips from them.

They can be located at the following website:      Theirbrick and motar store is located at: 8833 South 50 W., Pendleton, IN 46064

These next items were purchased from the 7 Yak Design.  They can be found at

Cat Stitch Markerscat stitch markers

Red Shawl PinRed Shawl Pin

Sign reads: ‘Because my psysciatrist told me to knit if I ever feel like killing someone again!’

Sign-Two needles


They have lots of fun and useful things for the knitter, crocheter, and needlefelter.  They were selling dyed roving in 2 oz. bags to be used for needle felting or spinning. They had lots of colors. Shawl pins in lots of different colors. S.C. bought a white shawl pin, and I had to have the red one.  They had lots of different stitch markers, felted cap nip toys, little boxes  that you could hide little treasures in, lots of different signs like this one, or made out of foam to hang on door knobs. They had sock blockers. They had small kits to learn to dye using koolaid. They had kits to make felted balls for your kittehs or dogs.

The owners of 7 Yaks Design were very kind and helpful. Their etsy store will be carrying  the following items knitting, crochet and felting supplies. Wool roving and batts. Bead and jewelry supplies. Yarn and custom colorways. Hand dyed fabrics.  The owner’s name is: Chris Price. She said the etsy store would be ready this fall. Sounds like she has her summer planned with lots of fiber shows.

I don’t remember the vendor that I purchased this yarn from. She was a very nice vendor. She had lots of yarn that looked like she had dyed, and she also had some yarns for weaving.  This yarn is a lovely shade of aqua.  I am not sure what weight it is. I can tell that the yarn was spun to about a fingering weight, and than plied with a single thread. The single thread reminds me of sewing thread.  I have weighed the cone on my kitchen scale, and it weighed in at 38.6 ozs. The label inside the cone reads:  1663, which I think could be the color number. 870yd/lb, which I think could mean for every pound of yarn there is 870 yards. Aqua, which I know is the color. Lot Ny: 227, which could mean the lot number. So, if I did the calculations correctly, I could have appromiately 1,740 yards of yarn, if not more.  The vendor stated that she had no idea what this yarn was, since it was out of her stash.  She though the basis yarn was arcylic. I haven’t done the burn test as of yet to know.

aqua yarn

small project bagThis is a small project bag. The prefect size for a pair of socks, scarf, or hat.  I have a scarf that I am working on that is going to be finding a new home in this little bag.  The vendor had several of these bags, and they also had a larger verision of the bag.  They were selling a wool and angora roving. I would have loved to had some of the roving, but since I am a newbie I decided against it for now.  Maybe next year.

pattern from Briar Rose FibersThis pattern is from Briar Rose Fibers.  This was a great stall to be in.  The fibers were just lovely.  I think they may have had the majority of their stock with them.  This pattern is called ‘after hours shawl’.  It is made with  Briar Rose Sea Pearl.  This yarn didn’t impress me as it was laying in the basket, but it is really a lovely yarn worked into a project.  They had two projects on display that they had used Sea Pearl for.  They had this shawl and a multidirectional scarf.  The yarn just shined and it was oh, so soft. The cost of Sea Pearl was $25.00 for 500 yards. I think what gave the shine to Sea Pearl is it is a blend of wool and tencal.  Their other yarns were just as lovely as the Sea Pearl.  

I thanked the owners for sponsering one of my favorite podcasts. They are a sponser for Cast – On by Brenda Dayne.

That is all for now.  I have some more things to talk about, but that can wait for another day.

2009-05-17 Shadow and NahalaShadow and Nahala says it time for a break.


1 Response to "Great Lakes Fiber Festival, Part 2"

I can’t believe I missed those cat stitch markers! Loving your kitties! 🙂

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