Fiber Fusion Fun

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Fiber Fusion Northwest and it was a blast. I got to pet a llama, source some yarn for the store and I even bought my first raw fleece. What a day!

The event took place at the Evergreen Fairgrounds and was spaced over three buildings. As we walked into the first building a lady was walking out with a plastic bag filled with wool and I knew we were in the right place. Inside we saw this...

 Got wool?

Got wool?

Tables and tables filled with fleeces. There were a wide array of sheep's wool along with alpaca, llama and even goat. This was my first time at Fiber Fusion and I had read that there would be fleece judging but I didn't realize to what extend. I also didn't realize you could buy them! More on that later. 

After perusing the wide variety of wool on offer we decided to head into the next building to check out the finished products. But before we got inside we were greeted by some four legged fleece ambassadors. 

 Did you know there were registered therapy llamas?!?!?

Did you know there were registered therapy llamas?!?!?

This handsome fella was the first to greet us and rightly so. He is a registered therapy llama and goes to a variety of venues to bring happiness to people. I can certainly say he made me happy! Especially when I got to pet him later when he made his rounds through the venue.

 What big eyes you have.

What big eyes you have.

These sweet little alpacas stuck close together and seemed to be chattering to one another. If you look closely you can see the incredibly long eyelashes on the brown one. 

 I always travel with my own pillow.

I always travel with my own pillow.

This curly haired goat was tired from all the hub bub and used himself for a pillow. There was also a sassy sheep that wouldn't hold still for a photo and a camel who was equally uninterested in the camera. Did you know you can get spinnable fiber from a camel? It's great that you can but I think sheep are still the easiest animals to manage. 

Once we got into the market section of the event it was a smorgasbord of yarn, fleece and related items. There was a booth focusing on the history of weaving which showcased a variety of weaving techniques and designs from around the world.

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Then there were a number of vendors, such as Seattle Skye Dyeworks and Yarnarchy who showed off their hand dyed or spun yarns. 

I was delighted to finally meet Jami at Cooke Creek Sheep Company. I have some of her thick wool yarn in my shop and it is just glorious. Below she is demonstrating the thinness of a particular yarn. I opted this time around to stock her aran weight yarn but now I'm pondering placing another order for this lighter weight. Let me know if you would be interested.

I also got to chat with Lydia of Abundant Earth Fiber Mill which is a small yarn mill on Orcas Island. She mills fabulous custom yarns and I am seriously considering having her make an exclusive yarn for the Wavoki shop. What natural fibers would your dream yarn contain?

There is no question that I will be at Fiber Fusion next year and you should be too. This is a great chance to meet the amazing people (and some of the animals) that produce the high quality fibers of Washington state. 

Oh! I almost forgot. I also bought a raw alpaca fleece and plan to card it, dye it, spin it and then knit it into something fabulous...hopefully. I'll be doing a series of posts on this fiber adventure so subscribe to my newsletter to get notified of new posts and items in the shop.

Happy Crafting