I wasn’t sure what to expect as we drove up to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this weekend. My only other festival experience has been attending Rhinebeck the past two years. I know that is one of the shows held in high regard, and its size and scope was always a bit intimidating to me. Would OFFF be as big/diverse/interesting? Either way, it was a gorgeous day, I had knitting time in the car, and plans to meet up with 2 friends, so even if the festival was a bust I planned on having a great time.
Good news: the festival was fantastic! First of all, let me tell you this, Rhinebeck: FREE parking and FREE admission. That meant more money to spend on yarn and notions! I tend to go one of two ways at these sorts of things; either I get really overwhelmed by all the choices and end up paralyzed, unable to make up my mind about purchasing anything, or I go into a free fall of fiber purchasing, buying up everything I like. On Saturday, I think I experienced both phenomena alternately. The morning was a total spending spree. We took a break to eat lunch and let the baby play, then spent a couple more hours wandering around the booths and animal exhibits. I didn’t buy a thing during this time! I found myself wanting to buy a certain type of yarn but was ultimately unable to decide on a skein. Sigh. Oh well, I did get some gorgeous stuff that I will have to photograph properly before sharing.
In all my excitement over yarn, fiber beasts, and knitting-related treats, I made sure to coordinate a meetup with a blogging friend, PDX Knitterati. It was wonderful to meet someone face to face who has been such fun getting to know through blogging. Here we are in our hand-knits despite the heat; she’s wearing her newly released shawl, Pacific. Hey, a knitter’s got to wear something she knit to these events, whatever the cost!
Sweetie was even wearing wool socks I made her. Peaceful Baby did very well all day, enjoying the sights atop her other mother’s shoulders. We also met up with a dear friend from college, Unlce Burk. This was his first time meeting little PB, and I think it was mutual love at first sight. I think Burk also may have fallen in love with some yarn from Abstract Fibers and, after a long love affair with yarn, has taken up the needles. I love men who knit!
The yarn selection was fantastic, and there seemed to be so many other things there to look at! Plus, if you’re a spinner this was probably even more heavenly as there was no shortage of fleeces, fiber, and spinning accessories to peruse. Overall, I am so happy I got to enjoy a fantastic fiber fest in my new state. Thanks again to PDXKnitterati for telling me about it before I even moved; it was so nice to have this to look forward to as I packed up all of my yarn and cancelled hotel reservations with my friends for Rhinebeck. And you know what else happens in Oregon? Sock Summit. Just saying. ; )