My knitting bestie, Cheryl, and I enjoyed the East Texas Fiber Festival so much last year that we decided to go again this year. We turned the entire day into a fun girl’s day out (of town) and it was a blast.
But first: yarn!
There were so many more vendors this year!! Leading up to the festival, I was amazed at all the new vendors posting on Instagram. Soon I was worried that this festival would be as overwhelming as the DFW Fiber Fest. Thankfully, it wasn’t!
One of the new vendors was a favorite of mine, Suburban Stitcher! It was so cool being able to browse her booth! Some other newbies included Leading Men Fiber Arts, The Modern Skein (a yarn shop from Montgomery, TX), Wander Luck Fibers, Shipwrecked Sheep, Quixotic Fibers, Panorama Fiber Arts, Night Owl Fibers, Mohair and More, Graceful Fibers, Haute Boheme Fibers, Euphoria Knits, Jems Luxe Fibers, and Blue Mule Fiber.
So much fiber goodness!
The festival changed venues this year and it was definitely for the better. Instead of the pavilion in Lindale that had no climate control, this year’s festival moved indoors and about 20 minutes down the road to Canton.
That being said, a part of me really missed all the lights strung up in the old pavilion. The Canton Civic Center is serviceable but…..bare, like a convention center.
I went into this fiber fest wanting yarn for one shawl and a gift for my FibreShare partner. As expected, I bought a lot more than that! And the skeins that caught my eye were variegated/speckled skeins. I really, really need someone to make me purchase only solid colored skeins! Perhaps Cheryl will hold me to be stricter with my purchases next time.
But I bought all new-to-me dyers, which made me extremely happy. I love finding new yarns and meeting new, friendly dyers. And everyone was super friendly and welcoming at this fiber fest. Considering that’s what East Texans are known for, they did me proud!