SAFF Special Episode!

October 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm 3 comments

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’re really excited to be doing a surprise giveaway for this episode! The kind gals at The Unique Sheep gave us a set of their gradient sock yarn to give away.

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:

We went with our friends flutterbys (Lori) and crazyangel (Christine), and stayed at the Mountain Inn & Suites in Hendersonville NC (just one exit away from SAFF).

Dana’s Classes:

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!!).

The Meetup!

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! 🙂

Dana, Cristi and Brittany at SAFF 2011 (shamelessly stolen from Cristi's blog, haha!)

The Dinner:

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!)

Gales Art (Brittany got 2 Corriedale one-off colorway braids, Dana looked at new arms for her Trindle)

Miss Babs (Dana’s Yowza skeins in Ocean View)

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!)

Fibro Fibers (Dana bought a large skein of Nightfall in Wine, and Brittany bought a Nightfall sock set in Royal Blue)

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)

Tot Toppers (Dana got the Math for Hats booklet, Brittany got the Twisty Violet Cap pattern)

Lunabud Knits (Dana and Brittany both got knitting bags)

HippieChixFiber (Brittany got some Noro Kureyon sock yarn)

Dana also got 2 Schacht travel bobbins from a friend’s destash


Entry filed under: knitting, podcast, shownotes, spinning.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Meg F.  |  October 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    OMGoodness! Love the clip- laughed so hard- needed that this cold morning!!

  • 2. Sally HEndricks-Bauer  |  November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    With this beautiful yarn I would knit the just yer basic sock by Alyson Johnson.Thanks, SallyFromIdaho on Ravelry.

    • 3. craftygirl83  |  November 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Just a reminder that no comments left on the blog will count for this contest! If you’re interested in entering to win the prize, please leave your comment on the appropriate Ravelry thread. Thank you!


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