Attention all NW fiber fanatics: there is gorgeous fiber to be had this weekend at the annual Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.
For the last few years, I’ve loaded up at the marketplace, carrying off more bags than two arms can hold. Among the treasures I’ve bought are hanks of handpainted merino roving, naturally dyed blue-faced leicester, and a very springy targhee roving. There are luxurious blended rovings made with combinations of merino and bamboo, merino and silk or tencel. Don’t forget silk roving, silk hankies and silk caps, ingeo (corn fiber), casein (milk) fiber and soy silk. Regardless of whether the vendors have an online store, this is a rare opportunity to see and touch fibers in shades more subtle or more vibrant than your computer screen can convey.
In addition to handpainted roving, there are booths full of yarn both independently and commercially produced. There is always a large cohort of spinners relaxing in the rotunda and numerous vendors willing to demonstrate how to perfect your spin on a drop spindle. If you would rather just sit and knit, there is always room for that too. I hope to see you there!