*** # 02 Twist Festival, August 2015 ***
I had addressed the subject in the previous articles, here I am back in Quebec since the end of July! New stay in Canadian lands, new address in Montreal, indefinite, life is an adventure …
And this weekend, I went to Twist Festival!
Located 1h30 from Montreal to Ottawa, the Twist festival presented this year its 4th edition. I went with a friend of the knitting group that I frequent (group that I found with happiness on my return here ♥) and one of her friends.
I was eager to discover a festival in North America, where knitting is more culturally widespread and democratized for a longer time than in Europe. What to say except that it was great! I spent the day with sparkling eyes, stunned by the 134 exhibitors present.
There was a lot of spinning fiber and also an impressive stand Ashford, the famous manufacturer of wheels New Zealand, with demonstrations of spinning wheels and looms. I do not spin, but by crossing spindles and spinsters at each festival, it tickles me and I think I will end up testing!
I was able to discover and touch fibers of surprising origins, such as milk, soy, seaweed or even steel. There were pretty reseller stands like the one of The Knitted House based in Montreal or Pompon Wool Coffee located in Trois-Rivières that made them want to visit them at home. There were stands of breeders, creators, designers, manufacturers and dyers to no longer know where to turn. The atmosphere was super warm, full of passion and enthusiasm.
On the booty side, I stayed pretty good again. With my recent transatlantic move, the knit budget is unfortunately not at the heart of the priorities. But I still find my happiness with two skeins Gateway Fibreworks alpaca wool in Ontario, natural gray and yellow in their hand-dyed EmilyBlueThumb range. I also fell for a skein of hand-dyed wool from Sweet Paprika and two beautiful wooden buttons for recovery at Mirdi creations .
As a good epicurean tourist, I also greatly appreciated the marquee of the gourmet fair. I ate a tasty buffalo smoked meat and a barbapapa with maple syrup!
I made many discoveries during this festival and here is my small selection of favorites:
♥ Violet Yarn Co. , beautiful and nuanced colors. I almost crack for a big gray wool but without a reliable project to associate I preferred to abstain but keep this name in mind …
♥ Julie Asselin , I finally could see in real Julie Asselin pretty yarns of which I have been for some time the course on the internet. We find some in Montreal and I can not wait to test it on my needles.
♥ Roving Winds Farm I touched a skein of goat’s wool cashmere and I think I will not recover. It was incredibly sweet! This farm is located in Ontario.