I was pretty psyched to hear about the Ply Away retreat in my hometown of Kansas City (brought to you by the editors of Ply Magazine), and knew that it was quite likely I'd end up going, since I had a free place to stay in town with my family. This year has been off to a busy start, so why not include a short little jaunt to Kansas City this month?
I flew down on Thursday with the intention of spending part of Friday and Saturday at the marketplace, and then taking my first-ever official spinning class on Sunday morning - Fractal Spinning with Jillian Moreno. That's more or less how things played out, though there was the added element of some family stuff mixed in - my grandpa was released from rehab after emergency hip replacement surgery a few months back, only to fall down, sprain his wrist, and - eventually - be readmitted to the care facility he was released from 48 hours prior within the time span of my visit. Thankfully he is doing quite well now, and I was glad I was there to help out at least a tiny bit, since usually I'm in Chicago and just hear about such things after the fact.
The event took place downtown at the Westin, which I haven't been to in years - but I do remember seeing the indoor waterfall there when I was a kid. It was fun to go back, and I spotted a little yarnbomb nearby!
favorite tote bag from Gleener and would cut myself each day once I had filled it - and though fiber can be squished down quite a bit, there are limits (thankfully!).
Yarn Geek Fibers since I didn't get around to it at YarnCon earlier this month.
Greenwood Fiberworks in the Carolina Homespun booth. There were so many gorgeous color combinations, but I finally decided on Mallard.
Louet North America, most notably (I hope) as their Team Captain for Spinzilla 3 years running. Louet sponsored this event and had all of their wheels on site for folks to try out - in fact, I ended up lending them my Victoria for the event, so if you gave it a try at Ply Away, that was my wheel you were spinning on! It just so happened that my wheel was in need of a tuneup, and Dave was able to get it back into tip-top shape in no time flat.
October House Fiber Arts, and it was pretty tough to pick just one, because they were all so beautiful (and the folks who own the company are super duper nice, too).
Yarn Hollow to pick out a few Foxy Batts, which are a variety of fibers to spin; these two include a variety of Michigan roving, superwash fibers, merino, silk and tencel - I think they will look great together.
The Corner of Knit and Tea, who is an excellent blogger and podcaster located in the KC area, and afterwards we wandered the marketplace some more and did very little to discourage further purchases. The Huckleberry Knits booth in particular kept pulling me back, and I ended up having a mini-blowout, purchasing two braids of Polwarth/Silk (aka, Stefanie's Kryptonite, apparently) and a lovely Mixed BFL, as I can't seem to resist roving that includes natural cream and black fibers which are then hand-dyed.
Needle Keepers for my WIPs on circular needles, and they are my new favorite thing....in fact, I went back to buy a third on Saturday (one of these three is already in use, so it is not pictured below). Also, a very thoughtful person in my Sunday morning class gifted everyone commemorative stitch markers and orifice hooks - I will have to get a better photo of both other than what you see below, and I think she might have an etsy shop I will need to track down and share here at a later date.