Living in the heart of PA Dutch country has some benefits. Besides our starchy foods, funny “Dutchy” sayings, and farming culture, southeast Pennsylvania has a great crafting heritage. At the heart of the heritage is the Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown, PA. The festival itself started on June 30, when I went, and runs to July 8. If you live in the area or can travel there, GO.
This is a huge festival. There are tents and buildings full of artisans and crafters. There is a ton of PA German food and drink to be found, my favorite being red cream soda. The festival is full of demonstrations, activities for kids, and many beautiful things for sale.
The yarn booth had beautiful handknit items there. Gorgeous, yet accessible. They also sold hand-dyed and handspun yarn (a bunch of local 4H-er’s were there spinning), as well kits for you to knit. One such kit was a needle felting kit, which I looked at with a little interest, at which at that point, the needle felting artisan there swept down on me and talked to me about the joys of needle felting. I looked at the needle felted stuff there and how it was used to decorate and embellish knitted item. I told her I’d think about it. I thought about it, and bought a kit as before we left.