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February is for Fiber Fans!
January 26, 2013

Advantages of hanging out with other fiber fans:

lightmatter-flickr_3281237120_9c2dc10fb51. Fiber fans won’t stare at you blankly or snicker when you use terms like “rigid heddle,” “singles,” “bottom-up,” or “thrum.” Well, they might snicker (hi, Guido!), but at least they won’t stare at you blankly.

2. Fiber fans are usually pretty tolerant of your compulsion to fondle their hand-knits while they’re wearing them.

3. Fiber fans won’t look askance at all the fibers, lint, and/or loose threads stuck all over your clothes — or at the stacks and piles of fibercrafting equipment and paraphernalia filling up every corner of your home.

4. Fiber fans might show you something beautiful and amazing they’ve made, or teach you something incredibly cool, or let you show or teach them something beautiful or cool, or happily — and with every appearance of genuine interest — engage in a conversation entirely about fibercrafting.

Yay for fiber fans! In fact, Common Cod loves fiber fans so much that we’re sponsoring two informal events during the month of February for fiber fans to hang out together:

First, we invite members and friends to come fibercraft with us on Sunday, February 10, from 4-7 PM in Room 095 of MIT’s Building E-51 (the Tang Center). Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, tatting, naalbinding, hand-sewing, or other fibercraft of your choice and hang out with like-minded fiber enthusiasts. If you feel so inclined, bring snacks to share! Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. For those who attended FiberCamp, Room 095 is in the basement, where the Swap Table was. For those who (tragically) missed FiberCamp, there’s a map here. Driving directions can be found here, but note that the building is also very easily accessible from the Kendall Square T stop on the Red Line.

Second, Willa told us on Ravelry about the fantastic-sounding Farm Fiber Days at the Wayland Winter Farmers Market, and we thought it would be great to have a CCFG meetup there on Saturday, February 16. The market goes from 10 AM-2 PM. To quote Willa, “It’s a fabulous market even on regular non-fiber days (and usually a couple of yarn vendors come on regular weeks), but the fiber days are really fantastic. Yarn, spinning fiber, wool bags made of recycled suit jackets…I’ve gotten some super awesome stuff there.” If you’re interested in coordinating and/or carpooling for the market, join us in the Ravelry thread, or email Karen at

We hope to see you at one or both of these Guild-sponsored events!


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