Knit City 2016 Recap

Whew. What a crazy, nerve racking, exciting, and wonderful weekend we had! Knit City was this past weekend in Vancouver and I’m so pleased that we were able to attend for the very first time as a vendor… albeit on a small scale. I’m so grateful to my good friend, Keryn, from Farm Fairy Fibre for being willing to sell my batts for me! Thank you so much, Keryn! (As a complete aside, you should seriously go and check out her hand dyed yarn, it’s awesome!) I loved being there and seeing people find their perfect batt and adopt it. So much fun 🙂 And for those of you who follow us on Instagram, we’ll be uploading our remaining batts to our Etsy shop later this week. We’ll post the link to Instagram when the shop update goes live!

I’m a naturally shy person, so one of the things I find hardest about being in a booth at a trade show, is talking to people. After setup on Friday night, and celebrating my anniversary with my husband, I came home and made myself a mini batt. I figured, if all else failed, I could spin on my little turkish spindle and that would give me something to talk about.

This is the batt I made for myself, using my hand dyed BFL fiber and a little bit of sparkle!

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

Little did I know, just how engaging it would be for people to see me spinning. I had so much fun talking to people, who would sometimes just stop and stare for a minute before asking me what I was doing! I loved keeping my hands busy, but at the same time, still being able to engage and chat.

I managed to finish spinning all but 5 grams of the batt that I’d brought with me. So last night, when I got home, I finished it up and plyed it on my wheel. I was really excited to see what it looked like and there was the added benefit of being able to share something that got finished in a weekend!!

These were my little turtles. Aren’t they cute?

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

I love how you can see the gradient when I flip them upside down!

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

A lot of the conversations I had this past weekend were about how to spin from a batt. For this batt, I just started ripping manageable strips off the side, starting with the green and continuing in order until I reached the end. I’ll do another post about it soon and go into more detail.

Here’s what it looked like before I took it off the niddy noddy.

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

And the finished skein.

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

110 yards of DK weight from 50 grams of fiber. Now I just have to figure out what to make with it!

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK's

©Katrina Stewart/Crafty JAK’s

Till next time, happy spinning! (or knitting or crocheting or crafting!! 😉 )
~Katrina

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  • Rachel

    Absolutely beautiful!

    • Katrina Stewart

      Thanks so much Rachel 🙂

  • Val

    You are so talented Katrina!
    You going out of your comfort this weekend truly inspires me. I’ll remember that next time my heart starts racing at the idea of trying something new and scary.

    • Katrina Stewart

      You are so sweet Val, thank you 🙂 It’s always hard to engage in something new, but it’s also so much fun!

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