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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair

First, I have to say my website issue still is not resolved, and in the wee hours of the morning I realized that my *url forwarding* may have expired MONTHS ago?!?!? That *really* sucks. And while it is my fault the domains themselves expired because I wasn't checking that email - if the forwarding actually DID expire back in April like my account stated this morning, well, I would have seen those messages as I WAS checking all of my accounts back then! So, anyways, if you are trying to get to kittygrrlz.com - please check me out on ETSY instead - kittygrrlz.etsy.com

As for the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Festival - it was good. I will be honest and say I was a little disappointed. I hoped it would be *different* than a regular craft show in that there would be more buyers for hand spun yarns, and there would be those who would "get" both my yarn and the pricing. Unfortunately, the crowd wasn't that different from any other show I've done. Most of the buyers seemed to be looking for sock yarn, and hand-dyed "regular" yarn. The ones who did get the hand spun aspect were there looking for fiber for spinning themselves. So, once again, I was sort of in the in-between place of needing just the right buyers to come along. Luckily, there were some that did! There are always a few who are looking for something unique. There are always a couple who want to venture out and try something new. There are always the ones who understand the time that goes into it. So, overall, I did okay. Very similar to the Indie Craft Shows I do like Art vs Craft, Craftacular, and the DIY Trunk Show.

It was *exhausting*, though! I was so spent by Sunday afternoon I just wanted to crawl under my table and sleep. It didn't help that 1. I had a headache all day and 2. there was music playing *right* next to me - which not only made my headache worse but also made it very difficult to talk to customers.

There were a lot of great vendors there, but I managed to be good, and only bought a few rovings from CreativelyDyed. Here are some shots - the first is "SeaWool" a merino wool and Seacell blend, and the second are 2 merino/tencel blends. I actually bought a braid of the SeaWool on Saturday morning and spun it up right away! I'll have pictures of those skeins probably tomorrow morning.

Here are some shots of her fiber and also hand dyed yarn -

Here are some shots of my booth on Friday night -

And, finally, I will end with pictures of a new art yarn finished before the show and now listed and also a couple of kitty pics!

Hippie Boho - both are spun from merino wool hand dyed by the Yarn Wench in color "Magic Bus" and are available on etsy - you can click on the picture to go to the listings.

Bug, sleeping on top of my paperwork and receipts from the show -

and, not happy about being disturbed . . .

more new yarn pics tomorrow!


Creatively Dyed said...

It was great to meet you and I hope we get to hang out with out wheels at the WI sheep & wool festival.

Happy Spinning

Kitty Grrlz Knits & Spins! said...

thanks! it was great to meet you, too, and i can't wait to spin up the other seawool i bought!

TheresaJ said...

That's disappointing about the show, but all of your things are so gorgeous and beautifully displayed. I just love looking at them!

Kitty Grrlz Knits & Spins! said...

thank you!
& i don't mean to make the show sound bad - it was pretty good for me, i was just hoping that more people would "get" it . . .