London has I Knit, New York (State) has Rhinebeck, and now Nieuwegein has Breidag. This two-day festival celebrating yarn and fiber crafting - held today and tomorrow - is new, funky and cool! I went today and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I did have quite a strict schedule, and was still on a yarn diet, but that didn't mean I couldn't have some fun!
The fun started a few days ago on Ravelry, when a certain Mrs. Merina Zwartehamel sent e-mails to people who were going to attend today, promising them a try of her Black Angora Gold, if they would bleat at her as a secret message. Immediately, the talk started on the forum: who was this mystery woman? What was this magic Black Gold she was talking about? Today it all came out: this was our Mrs. Zwartehamel, alias Snorrepot, alias Anna, who was handing out black liquorice (goat's) drop(ping)s for everyone to enjoy. Great fun! (Remember what date it is today?)
Dutch Wool Diva (shop back online after the fair). I also fell for a black/dark blue/shimmery batt for spinning I had already seen in Zwolle.
My attempt at brioche, with homespun yarn (yes, I'm a show-off..).
Kantwerk, and meet more Ravelrists. This shawl is absolutely stunning, STUNNING! It is huge, and the detail and designs are amazing. I feel beyond jealous! More proud actually, because she's a good friend too :D
I also 'splashed out' on two hangers to identify myself as a knitter and spinner. If people don't know what my hobby is now, I don't know what to do anymore...