SAFF Special Episode!
Hey y’all! Today’s episode is our special SAFF recap. We talk about what we did, some of the people we met, our first meetup, and of course- what we bought!
We want to know what specific pattern you would make if you won this beautiful set of 25% tussah silk, 75% superwash merino yarn. Please leave a comment on the SAFF special episode thread on the Ravelry group, and you’ll be entered into the random number generator. This contest closes at midnight (Central Time), November 15.
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SAFF Recap Notes:
Dana took a class with Esther Rogers aka JazzTurtle (WildCarding) on Friday. She learned how to make funky and chunky art batts using her own Fancy Kitty Kitten carder. Esther recommends anyone who is looking for a carder to take a class on drumcarding before you buy, so that you can try different types and see what kinds of carders are right for different applications. The most basic carder anyone could go for is the medium cloth carder, 72tpi (teeth per inch). If you get the opportunity to take a class from Esther, please do so! She’s one of the most amazing teachers Dana has ever had.
Dana and Lori took a class with Susan Stevens aka Fleegle on Saturday (Supported Spindling). Fleegle’s technique allows the spinner to get both hands off of the spindle, so you can use long draw, short draw, or any combination- whatever you like! It was a very interesting class, and both Lori and Dana highly recommend taking it if you’re interested in supported spindling (especially production supported spindling!).
The SAFF Party:
We had a great time, although the crowd was so large and so loud that it was quite overwhelming at times. There were tons of door prizes (we lost count at 50). We had an opportunity to spin, chat, and catch up with old friends. We met a few listeners who had come to the party, and really enjoyed talking to them. Brittany also taught Christine how to spin! We got to see an electric spinner by Heavenly Handspinning, which was very intriguing (10oz bobbin!!).
We were so very appreciative of all of you that came out to meet us at the Fibro Fibers booth! It really warms our hearts to know that you enjoy the podcast and would take the time to come introduce yourselves to us. We hope you enjoy your JOMR buttons, and come back and see us next year at SAFF! Also, we really want to publicly thank jenhintz and her wonderful mother 3hints for hosting our meetup! They were incredibly sweet and gracious to us, and we enjoyed spending time with them so much.
We had the chance to meet Cristi Brockway (turtlegirl76) in person and had such a wonderful time talking to her! She’s the designer of the Breaking Heart Socks pattern that Brittany made earlier this year. We wanted to remind you that she has given us a coupon code for that pattern, good through the end of this year. Enter ONEMOREROW in the coupon code box at Ravelry checkout for $1 off!
We went to Tupelo Honey Cafe for dinner on Saturday night, and it was absolutely amazing as always. We really enjoyed the sweet potato pancake, the cat’s head biscuits, the Charleston chicken sandwich, the sweet potato fries, and the wonderful homestyle mac & cheese. Everything is organic and cruelty-free, and the food is really healthy. They have vegan and gluten-free choices too! If you’re in Asheville visiting, be sure to go there for lunch or dinner! The Hendersonville Road location takes online reservations.
Booths We Visited:
HeatherLane Farms (goat milk fudge!)
Susan’s Fiber Shop (Dana got merino sparkle roving in Redwood Forest from Frabjous Fibers, 4 bags of Himalayan Sari Silk threads, Abstract Fiber Yak20/Merino60/Silk20 in Peacock; Brittany got merino sparkle roving in Chipoltle and BFL roving in Chipoltle from Frabjous Fibers) (we met sillyfru in line at this booth!)
KnittyandColor (Dana got Ultralight at Night merino/silk roving and a Street Spirit batt, Brittany got Stormfront Falkland roving and Frabjous Day Falkland roving)
JazzTurtle Creations (Dana got locks in: Wensleydale/Border Leicester, Wensleydale/Coopworth, Wensleydale/BFL, Border Leicester lamb, Teeswater lamb, Alpaca, Cotswold/Suffolk, Montedale, Romney)
Lunabud Knits (Dana and Brittany both got knitting bags)
Dana also got 2 Schacht travel bobbins from a friend’s destash