Salida Fiber Arts Festival

Last month I taught at what I believe was the fourth annual Salida Fiber Arts Festival in Salida, Colorado. I taught two three-hour classes (Socks At Any Gauge and Introduction to Sweater Design) one day, then Sweater Basics and Finishing for the next two days. The three-hour classes are mostly lectures, but students knitted sweaters (and sewed them together) in the two-day class.

Class sweaters

I can’t remember how many booths of yarn and knitting, weaving, and spinning goodness there were, but I do remember that there weren’t a lot of places to sit. A bar across the street made the most of the situation.

Patient husband waiting zone

I stayed with my friend Jane (on the left), who I met when teaching at SOAR (SpinOff Autumn Retreat) several years ago. Like me, she has yet to knit a sweater out of the yarn we spun in class. The festival was sponsored in part by Serendipity Yarns, a fantastic little yarn shop in nearby Buena Vista, Colorado, owned by Sheryl (on the right).

Jane and Sheryl and bloody mary's

What you see on the table are the bloody Mary’s we enjoyed at the end of the day.


There’s a little bit of everything in these drinks–I think all the major food groups are represented. The one I ordered is called “dinner.”


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