January 13, 2019
What a year it's been! So many adventures at events, new indie dyers discovered, Shawl Pins shipped out, and #ShawlPinStyle shared!
1. Thistle in Bronze
2. Celtic Knot Round
3. Celtic Knot Quaternary
4. Silver Dragonfly
5. Beading Tool
6. English Rose Pin
7. Animal Fiber Arts Progress Keepers
8. Pearl Pin in Silver
It was quite a prolific year for pattern releases. There were 12 patterns released on Ravelry with 1 additional pattern that is Exclusive to Dragonfly Fibers Club for a few months. Warwick Reflections and In The Rough MKAL really stretched my skills as a knitter and a designer. The Go Anywhere collection was fun to start. I've been longing for a while to create designs with stitch patterns that look like butterflies. There are 2 patterns left to complete the collection which will be released early this year.
1. In a Book
2. Ways to Grow
4. Crystal Helix
5. In the Sky
6. Dunalastair MKAL
7. Warwick Reflections
8. In The Rough MKAL
I enjoy traveling and seeing the world. Attending Fiber Festivals from coast to coast is one of my favorite parts of my job. In 2018 I added a few new events to the line up: DFW Fiber Fest, Hoosier Hills fiber Festival, Michigan Fiber Festival, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, and Stitches SoCal. What a whirlwind this fall was! For 2019's full line up of events Click Here
1. Sharing DFW Fiber Fest with my mom. It was the friendliest event. Sharing it with my mom was a memory to treasure. Read more about it in Blog Post Linked Here.
2. The lambs at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool that I watched a couple hours after they were born. They were figuring out how to nurse and it took a few tries. Read more about it in Blog Post Linked Here.
3. This was so adorable, I wish every festival had this event. There were children and sheep in costumes. First they presented themselves to the judges, then they paraded around the festival led by bagpipes. Check out the video on my Youtube Channel linked here.
4. At Great Lakes Fiber Show brought my two sons and my friend's daughter. It was a great learning experience for them. They did spend some time running the register. Thomas learned how to weave on an Inkle Loom. Drefan spent a lot of time exploring the festival with Fiber Optic's kids. For more details check out the Blog Post Linked Here.
5. Stitches Midwest was the event with the most #ShawlPinStyle shared. Attendees showing off their favorite shawl and pin combinations in the booth is a highlight of every event. I was also delighted to share this weekend with Kat of Why Knot Fibers.
6. Traveling to events is also a great excuse to do a smidge of sightseeing. This year at VKL NYC I got to see Wicked on Broadway. It was an amazing experience! For more details check out the Blog Post Linked Here.
7. Stitches SoCal afforded the opportunity to see the Holywood sign in person! My helper was kind enough to chauffeur me around to see a couple of sights before the market opened Thursday eve. The top of my list was the Holywood sign. What I didn't realize was that it's only visible from a fairly specific area.
8. My Booth helpers are the BEST! I will cherish the memories of adventures shared and the blessing of their support at each event. Thank you to: Bonnie Harden, my Stitches West Guardian Angel, my Mom, the DFW volunteers, Debbie Quigg, Dawn Craig, my sons, Miriam Harden, Kat Eldred, Sheila Macomber, Carmella Harnishfeger, Joanna Romaniuk, Deb Melaragno, and PJ Kaylor for being booth helpers this year! I enjoy what I do so much more because of your support!
Since there were so many amazing Indie Dyers I had the honor of sharing the Marketplace at fiber festivals, this list is a bit longer than 8. I look forward to knitting something stunning with each of these skeins. Can you tell I have favorite colors? What are the colors you are always drawn to? Each Indie Dyers name is a link to their website. It continues to amaze me to see each indie dyers' unique techniques and the scrumptious range of yarn bases that they dye on.
Pictured above from left to right:
Why Knot Fibers
Yarn Geek Fibers
Big Foot Fibers
Deep Dyed Yarns
Twisted Fiber Art If I had to pick only 1 yarn as the absolute favorite from 2018; it would be this one. It is a stunning gradient of my 2 fave colors that they dyed with me in mind. I cannot wait to turn it into a stunning pattern.
Pictured above from left to right are:
Blue Mule Fiber
Dizzy Blonde Studios
Stunning String Studio
White Birch Fiber Arts
Pictured above from left to right are:
Fiber Optic Yarn
Mode Knit Yarn
Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm
2018 has been an amazing year thanks to your support! Thank you to everyone who commented on a social media post, stopped by the booth at an event, shared a pic of their #ShawlPinStyle on social media, purchased a product, knit or crocheted a pattern, left a review, or showed their support in some way. Your encouragement brightens my year! Cheers to another fabulous year ahead!
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