Interweave Yarn Fest: It’s Like Spring Break for Weavers
In college, I never had the stereotypical spring-break experience you see on TV and in movies. I had plenty of friends who went to Cancun or Padre Island—and I easily could have gone with them—but, frankly, I never saw the appeal. To be honest, I still don’t. Now, though, as a thirty-three-year-old woman, I am already actively planning Spring Break 2019. Where am I going? Interweave Yarn Fest, baby!
I have been to two of the three Interweave Yarn Fests—the only reason I missed one was because I had recently given birth. Both times, I had a ridiculous amount of fun. First, Interweave Yarn Fest takes place in gorgeous Loveland, Colorado. If you’ve not been to Colorado in the spring, it’s a special kind of beautiful. You can see the very first signs of spring as things start to green up, and the grape hyacinths make their annual journey up and out of the soil. The view of the mountains is spectacular, and, quite simply, with all that going on, it’s hard not to be inspired.
Even better, though, it’s usually still pretty chilly, so you have a good reason to bring and wear all your favorite handwoven scarves, shawls, jackets, and anything else you want to show off to your fellow attendees. Because, honestly, what’s even the point of going to a fibercentric festival such as Interweave Yarn Fest if it’s too hot to wear any of your weaving?
You’ll want to show off your weaving, too, because you’ll be in a convention hall with hundreds of like-minded folks. Pretty much all my friends here in New Mexico are scientists, and none of them weaves. When I go to Interweave Yarn Fest, I am among my own kind. It is an absolute joy to be around people who love the same things and who understand the lingo. Last year, I got to teach an intro class on pin-loom weaving, and it was such a joy getting to teach groups of enthusiastic weavers-to-be. There’s even Sip & Stitch, where you can enjoy some snacks, a complimentary glass of something, and relax and chat with your fellow attendees.
Speaking of classes, there are a bunch of amazing classes and workshops every year at Interweave Yarn Fest. I didn’t get to take any last year, but I did get to hang out with the teachers between classes and after hours. I had great fun chatting with Deb Essen, Sara Bixler, and other amazing weavers. 2019 has an equally good line-up of teachers, too, including the one and only John Mullarkey.
Oh, and then there’s the vendor hall, which features wall-to-wall fiber, fiber tools, and other goodies. Last year, I picked up a truly fabulous, one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed skein of Tencel that inspired me so much that I warped my loom for the first time in more than a year.
Like any good spring break, Interweave Yarn Fest takes place all in one location: the Embassy Suites in Loveland. This way, you can wake up in the morning, enjoy your complimentary breakfast, and head straight to the fun without leaving the building. Easy peasy! Of course if you don’t mind driving, this area of Colorado has much to offer, including more than a few excellent breweries and lots of wonderful restaurants (I still dream about the eggs New Orleans at Lucille’s in nearby Fort Collins).
Featured Image: A veritable cornucopia of cotton cones on display at the 2017 Interweave Yarn Fest. PHOTO BY TIFFANY WARBLE.