Gram didn't want to go, hubby and kids did not want to go, so I drove 8 hours and 45 minutes all by my lonesome to
St-André-Avellin, QC, Canada. And man, was it totally worth it!
Did I get bored driving it all in one day? Nope! My tweenie music obsessed and iphone obsessed little girl has 2 playlists she created on my phone. I learned how to attach my phone to the "aux" outlet on my van stereo and cranked the tunes! I even had Google gps thingy working so the voice would come through the stereo. So cool and VERY helpful. Had to laugh at some of the pronunciation of the female voice.
Quebec drivers were a pleasure to share the road with. No tail gating, no blocking the passing lanes, and very understanding about a mini van missing it's turn off, immediately swerving to the side of the road, backing up and driving over the pretty grass and flowers to make the turn. (Yeah, that happened a couple of times.) Thanks Quebec!
For my first fiber festival, I had decided to go all out and spend 3 nights in a motel. Originally, I had considered sleeping in the minivan, ('cos I'm so cheap, as my Tressa says) to save money to buy glorious memento fibre, but man, was I EVER glad I splurged for the motel. 8 hours and 45 minutes of soreness was very glad to have a proper bed to sprawl on. I chose the "Bel-Eau Inn" in Montebello, a 15 minute drive away from St-André-Avellin because it was super cute and, well, cheap price-wise, in comparison to other hotels/motels in the area. I'm happy to say my room was cute, very clean and the staff were super friendly. I would and will stay there again. It is on the main road and has tons of sweet little bistros, cafes, and restaurants within walking distance. Which I ignored. Ah, maybe next year!
Swan's Island Company in Maine, USA. She, by her own words, is a "detailed" dyer. Formulas and precise notes are her constant companions. Don't get me wrong, she is very into experimenting, but she likes to capture the details so it can be done again. That, I think, is fabulous. I'd go nuts if I found the perfect shade and had no clue how I did it.
Here is a sample ring of the colours Jackie created for Swan's Island. Gorgeous, huh?
And look at that fleece! Delicious.
And my favourite table... the sales table!!!! I really made a dent into my wallet here. In fact, this is where I blew my festival budget! Did I regret it? Heck no! I wish I had budgeted more to buy more dye extracts. :)
"Cold to hot, worry not.
Hot to cold, cannot be sold."
Now that will come in handy!
And so we finished the day with a ring of coloured skeins for each of us. If you ever get a chance to take a natural dyeing class with Jackie, DO IT!!! The woman is a wonderful teacher.
Up next, day 2 at the Twist Fibre Festival!