Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Market at OFFF

Saturday, Sept 22nd, came in bright and shiny, if a tad cool.  The weather just got better during the day, never too hot but hot enough to burn off the heavy dew and allow us to leave our sweaters in camp.

Shopping at OFFF is something of a contact sport ~ the event officially opens at 9:00am but the crowd gets there at 8:00, growing by at least 300% by 9.  You can't walk fast from one booth to the next ~ it's more like swimming upstream, gradually insinuating yourself into the actual environs of the booth of choice while about 25 other shoppers are attempting the same thing.  In short, OFFF is very like every other fabulous fiber festival and it's all good.

Well, most of it is good.  We get there early so some other knitter or spinner doesn't buy 'our' stuff, and unfortunately sometimes we're not early enough and we see someone carrying off the exact thing that we wanted.  Darn!

In spite of that, this year we we're very happy with our shopping experience.  We did Toots, Carolina, Clouse, Michael & Sheila, Lisa, the other Lisa and then all the rest or at least most of them.  There seemed to be hundreds.  They were in two big buildings, the barns, the grassy plaza, everywhere.  It was awesome.
Michelle LeBlanc of Toots LeBlanc, purveyors of fine and rare yarns.
Sheila & Michael Ernst, makers of awesome glass needles, buttons and more.
Cheryl Newhouse of NewHue Handspuns
Lisa of Dicentra

We were buying for ourselves and also door prizes for the upcoming early November Knitters Retreat at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA.  Our plan was to not go discount but to go with quality over quantity, hence the above mentioned vendors.  It's so fun to spend other peoples money!

We did manage to find some of 'our' stuff in there, so we bought:
Mystery Fiber from Fantasy Fibers ~ P
Shetland Fleece from Whistlestop Shetlands ~ P
 This is Brandy Chastain from Whistlestop Shetlands & a good shot of the Sunday Fiber Sale
Corriedale Fleece ~ R
Cashmara Sock Yarn from Fly Designs ~ R
Corriedale Fiber dyed by Lisa of Dicentra ~ R
Merino Bamboo from NewHue ~ R

By the end of the weekend we were ready to go home.  The awful traffic at/around Tacoma is becoming an annual ritual, not something we look forward to but at least it means we're only an hour (once we get through it) from home.  Sometimes that means 90 minutes, sometimes 2 hours, but we have our books on cd, snacks from the cooler and plenty of patience. 
A very satisfactory way to spend 4 days.
We must do this again sometime.
Maybe next year. 

1 comment:

Jody said...

Wow lots of cool stuff to choose from!