On Friday Jane and I drove up to the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair. It's a ways--about 80 miles north (Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake), but well worth it.
I took a class with knitter Judy Chang first thing. A friend turned up in the class which made it extra fun. The class was to learn knitted on i-cord edging. Our swatches at the end of class are above. Phyllis's are on the left and mine on the right. First we tried picking up and knitting the edging. I had a hard time gauging how many stitches to pick up and getting them picked up from the correct side. After that the i-cord part was very easy! Our little swatches were begun with an i-cord cast on, have i-cord side edges and mine has an i-cord bind off. How cool is that? Judy was a great teacher and it was a fun class. We all left full of inspiration.
I like this fair a lot because it's "more." It's a day to be with friends and family. It has variety. It's not just knitting or even yarn things like spinning and weaving. There's quilting, beading, fabric, some antiques, trims and buttons, felting, baskets, ceramics, displays of challenge pieces and a gallery, music outside, music inside, and just lots of good vibes from the happy people (and the angora bunnies and llamas). You can be sure I'll post next year's dates as soon as they're available and encourage you all to come.