Fiber Festival FOMO

Fiber Festival FOMO

 Fiber festivals are like a vacation for makers. We can look forward to an event just like it’s our favorite holiday. Gathering with like-passioned individuals is soothing and inspiring. New patterns, squishy yarns, and selfies with friends lifts our spirits. Each month brings another fiber party we wish we could attend. Even waiting for the event tickets to go live keeps us breathless.

As we are breathless and caught up in the excitement, we can escape our present reality. Realities like an unemployed partner, caretaking for ill relatives, small children whose schedule depends on our presence, no paid vacation, or lack of disposable income. Real life sinks our dreams back down to earth. Fear of missing out is truly a heart ache that can lead to the blues.

Maybe we will never be able to attend a big-name fiber festival. We watch the fun from afar and want to be in the mix. Scrolling through photos is not quite the same as experiencing it live. Acknowledging this can feel disappointing. Feeling this as a loss can also make us lose our maker’s mojo. Why bother if we can’t join in the group fun? When this strikes your heart, here is a suggestion to turn that thinking around. Extrapolating from Rosalind Wiseman’s book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” is the notion that our collective attention to an event is what makes that event ‘important’. Consider mentioning a fiber event to a non-maker. They would have no clue what you are even talking about let alone it’s supposed significance. I adore fiber events and look forward to them as much as the next crafter. I am trying to refocus our feelings of missing out by showing there is another way of framing it. I am not dismissing any event, only our feelings associated with them.

We can do the same thing individually. What we focus on reveals its value to us. If we are fortunate enough to attend an event or splurge on a sweater’s quantity of cashmere, let’s cheer for that. If we are lucky enough to have a local wool festival that brings a smile to our face each year, let’s cheer for that. If we have a big box store in walking distance that supplies all of your crafting needs, let’s cheer for that.

Inspiration and imagination are all around us. We don’t have to travel anywhere to experience joy. Spend an afternoon in your crafting space. Marvel at the tools at your fingertips that help bring beauty to life, from strings and threads and fabric to finished garments. We are the party, the pretty, and the passion. No one has to witness this for it to be true. It just is. So, the next time tickets are on sale for the next big thing, send an exhale of warm wishes to all of those who choose to attend, pick up your craft and let the smile form on your face and in your heart. You aren’t missing a thing.

Kelly Olsen

@KellyKnits

Kelly Olsen