Last weekend, I drove down to Newbury, MA for the Fiber Revival at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm. It would appear from past photos of the event that this year was the third year, and the plans are already underway for next year. Admission to the farm was $5, and there was a very nice trio of young musicians for background music, a few well-selected vendors, and of course the crux of all such events, fiber fanatics. Knitters, spinners of all ages.
I met one young lady who was 11 years old. She's been crocheting since the age of 4 and already spins, knits and is starting to sew as well. There were vendors with ice cold water and soft drinks, burgers and hot dogs as well, and indoor plumbing to boot! The location beautiful, the historical buildings a feast of texture in building materials, and the weather cooperated.
I finally met in flesh and blood, Sara of Fabric 'n Fiber Fanatic and Julie of Noolie Knits. There have been other occasions we'd planned to meet, but they didn't work out, since we all know life happens and others have plans for our time... We had a wonderful afternoon spinning, lusted after the baby alpacas for sale (pet prices, since there was a large escape of male alpacas, leading to unknown heritage in these babies, who now cannot be registered - can't you see Sam with an alpaca to guard?), got Sara going on taking weaving lessons (she inherited a rigid heddle loom & has never woven), and caught up with Heather of Sereknity. I was hoping to see Amy of Spunky Eclectic there (she was there last year apparently) and have her sign her book for me, but alas, it was not to be.
While I went to this event intent not to spend money, but to visit with friends and make more friends, I did manage to spend some anyway. I bought one sweater kit for a gift sweater (fall birthday), some yarn and some fiber.
Before heading home on the 3 1/2 hr drive, a couple of us had dinner together in "downtown" Newbury. We ate at the Town Tavern, before the Saturday night crowd. The food was awesome, the company better, the atmosphere quaint and welcoming, and the extension of a wonderful day was welcome. This fiber event is definitely on my radar for next year! Hope to see more of you there!