The town of Leipzig in central-east Germany was the last stop of our trip to Europe in April 2015. The town dates back to the year 1050 when it was mentioned for the first time and since then it attracted lots of celebrities through the ages such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the famous German writer, Johann Sebastian Bach, the iconic composer or Felix Mendelsson Bartholdy, another composer who was so very important as a conductor for Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, just to name a few. Another thing the town of Leipzig is famous for is its trade fairs. The fair grounds go back to the middle ages and so it is no wonder they also host a great yarn show there.
Leipzig Wool Festival “Wolle – Fest” started as a small backyard meeting to sell organized yarn. The wool festival blossomed within a few years and has since become an event attracting knitters and needlework enthusiasts from all over Germany and many other countries. The longest yard was too small and the logistical challenges too big. So they pulled the wool festival 2014 into the glass hall of the New Leipzig Fair. The organizers were right: This was the place to show and sell all the beautiful yarns.
We visited the “Wolle-Fest” for the first time. After arriving at the fair, we had to face a long line at the register. The Wool Festival in Leipzig provides a stage for a riot of color and the seductive pleasure of beautiful materials and creative ideas. We really were impressed and it was busy!
Finally we arrived at the booth from our dyer. They were busy too, selling their products. You can read a full feature on our dyers here.
Still amazed from the show, we found a booth showing wonderful colored yarn balls with migrating long color repeats. We ordered some colors to knit samples and to present this yarn to you in Fall. Another good find was the handspun yarn from Ralph, a man we never thought he would be the creator. We will offer this yarn to you soon. Ralph promised to keep his hands busy.
Now we are finally back in Florida diving back into our daily business which is offering you the best yarns on the planet and creating exciting new models with the help of our partner vendors located in the US and Europe.
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* All photographs in this post are courtesy of Leipziger Kreativ- und Strick-Café