We love all the fiber festivals we go to. If we didn't we would stop going. But of all the festivals, Oxford, MS has a special place in our hearts.
Oh, let me count the ways. Oxford, Mississippi is a lovely little college town with hills and trees and gorgeous red brick buildings. The people are friendly and welcoming. We love Patsy Engelhard who owns and runs Knit 1 Oxford, our most favorite not hardly local yarn store. Patsy and I have a very long history. We met when we were 6 or 7 years old and where friends all the way through high school. We went in different directions after high school and lost track of each other along the way but found each other again seven or eight years ago. Patsy has wonderful people working in her shop and we love seeing them all each January.
The Oxford Fiber Arts Festival offers great vendors that we don't see at other shows. The venue is the old Oxford Powerhouse built of cement and old brick so it's querky and wonderful. And the people of Oxford know all about winter like people here in central Texas do not. We have had shows up there where the temperatures didn't rise above freezing the entire time, or the hours of driving in driving rain that turned to sleet and then to snow, or the time it was sunny and 60 degrees and totally wondeful.
Yes. We love going to Oxford.
Peggy and I usually teach several classes each during the festival but this year is different. We are only teaching one class and it will be on Sunday at Knit 1 Oxford after the festival closes on Saturday night. The class is Beginning and Intermediate Weaving on a Cricket Loom and it's already filled. Yea! I know it will be wonderful, like all our teaching experiences in Oxford.