I know this blog attracts readers from around the world, but today I’m writing especially to those of you that are in or near North Carolina to make sure you aware of some really fun local fiber events that are coming up locally.
Carolina Fiberfest (May 18-20, 2012)
This is one event I look forward to all year. It is held at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh as part of the annual Got To Be NC Ag Fest. This year’s Fiberfest will include over 70 vendors, plus demos and other fiber-related events. For full information on Carolina Fiberfest events and a map of vendor locations, see the official website.
My husband and I have enjoyed walking around the Ag Fest every time we’ve gone (this year will be our third time). He especially enjoys the charity Pig Jig—an all-you-can-eat Carolina BBQ contest—held on lunchtime on Saturday. The festival also has carnival rides, tractor shows, local food and wine exhibits and more.
Admission and parking to Fiberfest and the larger Ag Fest are free and open to the public.
Durham Bulls Stitch N’ Pitch (May 19, 2012)
Yarn + knitters + Durham Bulls Baseball = a great summer evening! This Saturday night, May 19, area knitters and crocheters will take over Bull Stadium (or at least a section of it) and watch the Bulls take on Charlotte at the annual Stitch and Pitch.
In years past, each knitter has received a swag bag full of goodies at the door. There may also be door prizes.
Tickets to this event are $9 and must be reserved in advance through your local yarn store. Some of the stores are taking orders over the phone via credit card. Full details can be found on the Durham Stitch and Pitch website.
Other Stitch and Pitch events are taking place around the country, so if you aren’t in NC or you are traveling around the United States this summer, you may want to check the national Stitch N’ Pitch website.
NC Maker Faire (June 16, 2012)
The North Carolina Maker Faire is happening next month at the NC State Fairgrounds Kerr Building in Raleigh.
This event includes fiber artists, but it is also open to all kinds of other craft and hobby groups. Favorite highlights for us a last year’s event included a great exhibit by Spoonflower, a locally-based company that offers printed fabric that you can design yourself, local craft and yarn vendors, and even a greyhound rescue association. I also enjoyed getting to see one stall that featured a memorable antique machine for spinning rope and twine.
Adult tickets for the event are $10, kids prices are less. For full details, see the Maker Faire website.
So there you have it: three fun local fiber events. If you happen to see me at any of them and recognize me from my occasional FO photos, please come introduce yourself—don’t be shy! I’d love to meet you guys and see what you are knitting.
Anyone know of other events coming up that I’ve missed? Feel free to post them in the comments.