Get your fleece on! Lots of fun spring fiber festivals and fairs coming up.
This weekend alone, there’s a number of great events all over the US:
- Shepherd’s Extravaganza in Puyallup, Washington
- Wisconsin Spin-in, in Waukesha, Wisconsin
- The Denmark Sheepfest, in Denmark, Maine
- Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase, in Germantown, NY
And later in the spring, looking further afield, there’s more:
- The New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society Creative Fibre Festival, Blenheim New Zealand, April 26 & 27
- 103rd annual (!) Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival, April 28 & 29
- Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells, April 28 & 29
- Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, West Friendship, MD,Â May 5 & 6
- New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival, Deerfield, New Hampshire, May 12 & 13
- Great Lakes Fiber Festival, Wooster, Ohio, May 26 & 27
If you’re looking for events near you, or planning a yarny vacation, consult Clara Parkes’ comprehensive calendar on the Knitter’s Review site.
A fascinating piece about knitter and artistÂ Saki Chikaraishi, who describes herself as ‘hyper-knit creator’. Â See more of her work at her website. Â Her ambition is to “wrap the whole world up in knitting”, and is clearly a compulsive knitter in a way we understand. She says “as long as I have my fingers and any stringlike object, I can knit anything”.
Author Ann Hood talks about how knitting helped her recover from grief over the loss of a child, and kick started her writing again.
Fundraisers in Coventry attempted to break the record for most knitters in public, previously set a group at the first Sock Summit.Â Hundreds of people packed into Coventry Cathedral for the second annual Coventry and Warwickshire Knit-A-Thon.
Do you think Jon Stewart wears hand-knit socks? A profile of Beth Shorr, talent coordinator for The Daily Show and knitter.
Residents of Las Cruces New Mexico should look out for a yarnbomb being installed at New Mexico State University today.
Knitters in and around Torquay, Victoria, Australia, are participating in the fourth annual Torquay Beanie Festival. This month-long festival encourages knitters to make items to donate to the needy, and local businesses are getting involved by hosting displays of all sorts of knitted headgear. There will also be outdoor displays, and a display at Torquay Uniting Church where the beanie festival began.