Last Sunday, my local knitting group hosted the ArtFibers Yarn Tasting at Moe's, a bar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sarah and Zawadi were the ones that arranged the whole thing with ArtFibers, so a huge thanks goes out to them for their hard work.The limit was 25 people, so the spots were first opened to our knitting group, and then to the rest of NYC. Zawadi posted all over Ravelry in the Brooklyn Groups and NYC Groups to let people know about this event. It was a free and a great opportunity to try out the yarns from ArtFibers.So, for 4 hours, we got to knit or crochet swatches with the ArtFiber's yarns. Each card was labeled with how much yarn to unwind and how many stitches and needle size to make a swatch. After the event, we are given a discount code (15%) to buy the yarns that we like from the ArtFiber's website.The beautiful yarns were overwhelming. The colors, textures and combination of fibers were a delight to behold and to touch.Here is Wanett knitting away on her swatches.And this is Wanett's swatches in progress.
Someone even brought their Weavette Loom to make a woven swatch.
Lissa, who is a crocheter in our group, made crochet swatches. I loved the way they turned out.
This is Sarah's beautiful swatches. It looks like it could be a beautiful knitted wall hanging.
These are the swatches I knitted up while sipping on a Mango Martini. As soon as I find the pattern to go with the yarn I chose, I will be placing my order. I can't wait!!
I had a lot fun and would totally recommend other knitting groups to give this a try. The event was 4 hours, but I could have knitted for another few hours. I also thought it was a eye opening experience. There were some yarns that I didn't think I would like based on the texture or colors and I ended up loving it after I knitted a swatch. It also helped to see what others were knitting with because I was quite surprised at what the knitted fabric look liked as opposed to the yarn sitting on the card. Yes, the adage about "not judging a book by it's cover" definitely holds true to yarn also.