Conference/Festival Recaps

DFW FF Recap

Hi all!

I know I promised you a blog post or two while I was in Dallas, but I got so caught up in everything that I totally forgot to post! I’m sorry! But I’ll do a nice big recap post here today for you.

Sheepy nails done!
Butterflies and Beads.

Once I had my nails done and my stitch markers made (for the stitch marker swap!) I was ready to head out.

I arrived in Dallas Fort Worth on Wednesday morning, and rented a car. I had to kill time before my hotel room was ready – so I found the nearest Target and bought some water and a few groceries plus a couple other things I forgot (I always forget something!) I grabbed lunch at Panera, and then was able to check into my room.

I met several TKGA committee members for dinner Wednesday night – and it was so nice to finally meet a few in person – as well as to see the others – the last we had seen each other was in 2016 in Charleston (or before then even!)

Master’s Day on Thursday went very well – we had a couple hiccups at the start, but overcame those quickly – and everyone seemed to enjoy the day! I had so much fun teaching my 3 classes and interacting with the Master’s students. It’s an amazing thing to be among other people who are as dedicated to this craft as I am!

TKGA Master Knitters present at DFW FF

The next day (Friday) I had a class with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Knitting for Speed and Efficiency. It was very good! I want to order a knitting belt so that I can practice my lever knitting without having to shove the needle in my armpit, lol. There were lots of things I could apply to my current knitting style to improve my efficiency, too.

Kaleidos shawl kit from Panorama Fiber.
Czech Glass shawl pin from Crafty Flutterby. (It’s very hard to catch the many colors in the glass! It’s so pretty and iridescent in person!)

Oh, and I made sure to hit the vendor floor asap Friday morning before my class because there were 2 things I wanted that I knew from Instagram were in limited supply! One was the shawl kit from Panorama Fibers, and the other was the Czech glass shawl pin from Crafty Flutterby.







I helped man the TKGA table on the show floor every chance I got – it was so nice to not only interact with Master’s students on a more one on one basis, but also socialize with my fellow committee members!

Saturday was my free day, so I walked over to see the Las Colinas Mustangs, and then hung out at the TKGA booth all day (and shopped too, lol!)

The Mustangs of Las Colinas. Artist: Robert Glen.
Linen Lace for a lightweight top!
Lace yarn! Merino wool from Lost City Knits, Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere from October House, Merino/silk from Lazy Cat Yarn.
Zipper Bag from Graces Cases.
Two skein medium bag from Graces Cases.

Sunday I hung out at the booth in the a.m., and then had a class with Franklin Habit in the afternoon: Photographing your Fiber. That was an excellent class, and I came away with some better knowledge for my photos going forward. And I won a door prize in that class – some Miss Babs yarn!

Door Prize! Yay!
My stitch marker haul from the swapping over the weekend. I didn’t swap as much as I thought I would – there was just so much to see and do that I missed out on catching some folks. Oh well – it was loads of fun! If I swapped with you – thank you!! <3

I came away with some really neat stitch markers, too.

Show floor from the TKGA table looking to the left.
Photo booths in the Fiberatory. Awesome idea!!
Braid to scarf competition – these are the ‘Wonder Women’ team spinning and weaving away! (They ended up winning by one point!)

It was a fantastic weekend. My first trip to DFW FF, and I can tell you now it will not be my last! This show was run SO well by all the volunteers (it’s a non-profit and all volunteer run) – the show floor was fantastic, the ‘Fiberatory’ was a brilliant idea, they treated us Master’s Day teachers really well – overall it was a super positive experience! If you can make it to a future DFW FF, I highly recommend it!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!! <3

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