December 19th, 2011
Just after Thanksgiving I was able to attend the Arkansas Fiber Extravanganza. It was a great weekend in Hot Springs, AR full of new friends, fun & fiber (of course). We got there on Friday and enjoyed all of the festivities, including an inspiring talk by Annie Modesitt, speed knitting and crochet competitions, a fashion show of great finished items, shopping and other fun on the exhibit hall floor.
All of the festivities wrapped up with the Ravelry party on Saturday night, complete with ice cream & giveaways. I was blown away by the number of folks who stuck around to come hang out with us Saturday night and had a great time mingling and chatting with all of the Ravelers that came by.
Having grown up in Arkansas, this event was a bit like coming home. I made several new friends, including Heather (pictured with me above right) who did a great job coordinating the event and The Knit Girllls, Laura & Leslie (with the spinning wheels in the top photos). And, I got to meet people I had been friends with for a long time, but hadn’t met in person like Aimee (seen in the bottom picture below).
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all those who held the baby so I could shop and knit. I got more knitting done that weekend than I had in ages! It helps when you have lots of extra hands. It was a great event and I hope I can make it back in the future!