May 2021 festival

Day 2: Atlantic Canada

Welcome Video

Welcome to day 2 of the Online International Fiber Festival! Let’s meet our vendors from Atlantic Canada and see what we’ll be up to today!

Join the discussion in the Online International Fiber Festival group on Ravelry or Facebook. And be sure to follow the festival on Instagram.

Vendors from Atlantic Canada

All of these vendors can be found in the marketplace. (Click the link then scroll down to the marketplace section!)

Belfast Mini-Mills Ltd. designs and manufactures fiber processing machines. For those not ready to take the dive into fleece processing, the also offer a wide range of yarns including handpaintet skeins and exotic blends.
Jillian Hewitt designs crochet amigurumi patterns and offers them online for free, as well as selling inexpensive downloadable versions of the patterns in her shop.
Amanda Clarke dyes with a colorway in mind or just plays and lets it all happen. Her bases include sock, DK, mohair, bulky, slub – and even mini skein sets. She loves taking on custom colorways & special orders!

Recommended Classes

Choose one (or more!) of the following classes for your morning learning. You will need a subscription to Craftsy to take the classes. Please note: if you have a subscription, you do not need to purchase the class unless you want to. Simply click play on the video!

Plug & Play: Custom Scarves and Shawls with Amy Singer

Mittens and Gloves Galore with Marly Bird

Stashbusting: Make the Most of the Yarns You Have with Clara Parkes 

Explore the Region

Spend your afternoon on a virtual tour of today’s region.

Videos From Our Vendors

Troy Martin of Belfast Mini Mills on Prince Edward Island takes us on a tour through their training mill so we can see all the steps involved in producing a hank of yarn from a fleece. Be sure to stay to the end to meet the mill mascot!

For an upgraded experience, subscribe to CuriosityStream! CuriosityStream is a streaming service like Netflix, but just for documentaries. Their videos are commercial free and available at a higher streaming quality than many of the options available through YouTube, and a portion of the cost of your membership will help defray the costs of running the festival. Once you have subscribed to CuriosityStream, click on the titles below to go directly to the recommended videos.

Gander International: The Airport in the Middle of Nowhere — Gander Airport in Newfoundland is key to the history of air travel and has ties to many historical moments. And interesting and unexpected documentary.
Soul on Ice — The first game of indoor hockey was played near Montreal in 1875. Twenty years later, the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes was founded in Nova Scotia and revolutionized the game. Learn more about this forgotten history in this documentary. Please note: This documentary does deal with the racism many players had to deal with, using the words they were called.

The following videos are available for free on YouTube. Consider taking advantage of the free trial of a YouTube subscription, which will block the commercials YouTube usually adds to their videos. The trial lasts for one month and they will send you an email a week before you are charged, so be sure to cancel at the end of the festival or when you get the email, or stay subscribed if you find it worth your while.

Take a 6-minute wander through Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Mi’kmaq are the First Nation people of Atlantic Canada. This brief documentary provides a history from thousands of years ago to the modern day.
Many outside of Atlantic Canada or Louisiana don’t realize that the Cajuns began as the Acadians of Canada. The British forced the Acadians from their lands. Many were settled in Louisiana, so we’ll be slipping back to day 1 of the festival in the second half of this documentary!
Fishing is still an important part of the economy of Atlantic Canada. Learn about it’s history in this short documentary about the fisheries of the 19th century.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, where she set her delightful series of books about Anne of Green Gables. This documentary does delve into various aspect of LM’s personality and you may not find it suitable for children.
Halifax was the site of the largest man-made explosion before the advent of nuclear bombs when two ships collided in the Narrows toward the end of 1917. This documentary talks about the explosion and its aftermath.
Prepare for your evening entertainment here! Natalie MacMaster is a Cape Breton-style fiddle player from Nova Scotia who has toured and recorded with some of the best known names in music, including Carlos Santana, Faith Hill, and Yo-Yo Ma. In this Ted Talk concert, she and her husband talk about Cape Breton fiddling and piano and their musical background.
Cheticamp hooked rugs are a craft local to Nova Scotia, but there were no Craftsy classes available for it. Enjoy this video showing what the Cheticamp rug hookers have produced from the Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life in Cape Breton.


Click the menu items for the recipes. The shopping lists are available to be downloaded by day and by the entire event. Print off your preference and head to the market!

Newfie Fries
Clam Chowder
Blueberry Grunt

Evening Entertainment

Hop into this House Ceilidh from the 2017 KitchenFest, a music festival held on Cape Breton every year! You may find you need to set your knitting aside from time to time to get up and dance along!

We hope you enjoyed your day in Atlantic Canada!
Join us tomorrow as we visit Norway!

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