Edmonton's First, and Hopefully Annual, Fibre Frolic

As you may have seen on Instagram, I cleaned up at the Fibre Frolic here in Edmonton last weekend.  I went in armed with ideas and a credit card, and I wasn't disappointed.  I arrived a little after ten and the place was packed -- for some of the more popular booths, it was impossible to get in because of all the people hauling away yarn.  It really was so exciting, like Christmas for fibre-lovers, and I really hope it becomes an annual thing.  In any case, I think I picked up enough yarn to keep me busy until the next Edmonton Fibre Frolic; I ended up with a huge pile of yummy, plummy yarn that I just want to roll around in!

I picked up some more Ridley Sock in the Rainbows and Unicorns colourway from Sarah at Sea Turtle Fibre Arts, which is based in Calgary.  I knitted my Rainbow Valley Pullover sample in the Rainbow Brite colourway, and I'm going to work up a larger size with this new colourway -- I can't wait to get the yarn into cakes!

I also stopped by Flock Fibre Studio's booth to pick up an order with two sets of mini skeins, two skeins of their Fireside DK base in the Peach Pit colourway, and then I couldn't help also picking up a skein of their Take a Hike sock yarn in the Tulip Festival colourway.  The two ladies who run Flock Fibre are based in Calgary as well.  Check out their Etsy store, they have a lot of beautifully speckly skeins in several weights.  I'm planning a couple of cowls with the mini sets, a cardigan for H in the DK yarn, and a pair of socks for my MIL in the sock yarn.

After I'd been there a while, I thought I should start looking around for a worsted or DK weight yarn that I could buy enough of to make a sweater.  It did surprise me how few options I found, in that, being indie dyers, no one dyed a lot of skeins in any one colourway.  I was comparing skeins between Poppy Yarn and Fibre and Prairie Dye Studio, and I ended up going with Prairie Dye Studio's worsted base in her Columbia Icefields colourway, because I'm a sucker for blues.  Melissa was also really helpful with her suggestions about sweater yardage and how to blend the skeins -- I can tell a fellow knitter when I see one ;)  I also really admire her energy:  she's organizing a Prairie Fibre Festival that will have its first annual event on September 24, in Lacombe. 

It was so hard to even get to the Haven Fibre Arts (from Beaumont) table, because it was so surrounded by people petting and admiring (and buying, of course), but I squeezed myself into an opening and put together two skeins of True Sock (in Mother Earth and Heart Throb), which I think I will turn into a shawl.  I seriously cannot get enough of speckles and tonals lately. 

My last stop was Deranged Dyeworks (from Drayton Valley), where I found a sock yarn dyed in a neon gradient, and the yardage for a pair of socks was conveniently split into two smaller skeins, so the socks will be identical.  I'm going to give this one to my sister, along with the sheepy needle gauge fromMaple and Rose (based in St. Albert).

I had such a good time browsing and choosing and dreaming at the Fibre Frolic, and it feels so rewarding to support other local artists and makers.  Now it's time to get knitting!