Knitting, Travel

First Fiber Fair

My good friend Karen took me to my first fiber fair a few weeks ago and I fell in love with yarn all over again. The Snake River Fiber Fair is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Snake River

and sponsored by the Weaving, Spinning & Fiber Arts Guild of Idaho Falls. I had a great time talking to local fiber enthusiasts. Now keep in mind when you live out west “local” means your state as well as any state that touches your state and sometimes even a state that touches a state that touches your state.

Everything in green is local (except California)
Everything in green is local (except California)

There were spinners,

Eric Hanson of Butte Shadows Alpacas


Carolyn Greenwood of Greenwood Fibers
Carolyn Greenwood of Greenwood Fibers

alpaca and sheep breeders

Cheryl Smith of Paintbrush Alpacas
Cheryl Smith of Paintbrush Alpacas

knitters, crocheters, weavers and a couple of button makers thrown in the mix.

My first pick was Paintbrush Alpacas. Before the Snake River Fiber Fair I thought baby alpaca was actually from baby alpacas. Turns out, this is not usually the case. Royal baby alpaca is the softest, finest grade with baby alpaca coming in at a close second.

Ron and Cheryl Smith have several adult alpacas that consistently produce royal baby and baby alpaca grade wool. I asked Cheryl what made her decide to raise alpacas. She looked at me like I was crazy, “Are you kidding?  Have you ever been around alpacas?” I guess that answer speaks for itself. This one certainly looks adorable.

darling hair-do
darling hair-do

The two skeins I purchased are natural colors, spun from fibers donated by Rembrandt image Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso image These pics are the actual yarn labels. It’s an episode of Portlandia come true!

I decided to knit the light sport weight Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrandt yarn with this classic fair isle pattern from Country Weekend Socks by Madeline Weston.

work in progress

The pattern calls for four colors, but I’m happy with the look of just two.  My hands are in cozy alpaca heaven when I’m kitting these socks.

My second pick was a skein of 75% superwash wool/25% nylon hand painted sock yarn in my favorite blues and greens from Greenwood Fiberworks. P1030022 Carolyn Greenwood lives in Genola, Utah where she hand paints her beautiful yarns that she imports from the United Kingdom. You can find her yarn and patterns in her etsy shop.  What a wonderful eye for colors! P1030011 I choose this free, easy pattern from ravelry for these socks.

first Wildflower sock completed
first Wildflower sock completed

Feel free to comment with your fiber fair experiences!


9 thoughts on “First Fiber Fair”

  1. You got alot of info out of that trip—I was just too busy looking for my next treasure I guess. The glove you are making is beautiful by the way….

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