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We try to offer a wide range of free events here for those interested in either learning more about a topic, trying out something new, or simply socializing with other fiber fanatics!

As we schedule such events, they will be added here on this page. Scroll down for details.

 

 

Free Clinics: Knitting, Spinning & Weaving-

these meet 6 p.m. - 7 p.m on the dates specified

These are free, but space is limited, they won't run unless I have at least 3 people registered .... AND..... they will be cancelled a week ahead of time if registration is not met.

Magic Loop (or, how to avoid using double pointed needles for a mitten, hats or sock!) Sept 18 Bring scrap yarn (enough to cast on about 48 sts and knit a few rows, and needles of appropriate size for yarn gauge

Seams & Seaming - Let's get those pieces put together and put together nicely.Oct 16 Bring your sweater pieces, a Chibi/wool needle and your yarn.

Planning a Weaving Project - For those new to weaving or who maybe haven't woven in a while and need a refresher, I'll review the ins and outs of planning a project (from loom limitations to consider to calculating the yardage required, to figuring stripes, options for winding the warp etc). Nov 20 Bring a calculator, pencil and paper....and of course, an idea of what you want to weave along with a sample of your yarn

Drum it Up! - whether you felt or spin, you will have a blast blending bits and pieces of lovely fibers to create a one-of-a-kind batt to play with. You'll get an introduction to using a drum carder and leave with an exciting batt you designed. Dec 11

How to Shop a Sale - for felters and knitters! Sat Sept 20th

On the first Friday of every month (but stay tuned to Facebook posts, because if its a holiday or when I have my twice annual big clearances, the First Friday event can get moved!) I put all the odds and ends of dyelots and discontinued yarns on clearance in the back room.

The discounts are at least 50% off....some even more (in this last First Friday there were some $21 hand-dyed gorgeous skeins of yarn going for $3).

Traditional felters (yes....I'm talking about you wet, needle and nuno felters out there and not about the knitters who use the washing machine!) never come to this event and miss out on some great opportunities to incorporate interesting yarns into their feltwork.

And although knitters do consistently come, they often miss some really GREAT deals on some GORGEOUS yarns because they are stuck looking for the exact yarn for a particular project. And although there is often enough yarn in several of the clearance yarns for complete projects, there are some gorgeous yarns that can make some incredibly unique, one of a kind, gorgeous XMAS gifts that knitters are missing out on.

So Lynn and I put our heads together after she found me drooling over this pile of odds and ends that were left from the last sale. They may not be colors that speak to you, but there they were all on the $3/skein table - 1715 yards - enough yardage for a sweater, a cowl, a hat and/or a pair of mittens at this gauge and all for $36!) and I loved them. So I am knitting up several small projects using them...just to show you what can come from a pile like this.

And Lynn and I decided to put together a little event to help you approach a sale in a different light so you can really take advantage of deals on amazing yarns that you might not otherwise buy because of cost.

For Knitters: 1-2 p.m.

Come join me for a couple of fun color exercises to get your creative juices going (that also teach/remind you of some basic color theory principles that are helpful) and then we'll talk about how to work together different gauges of yarn and we'll explore some really great stitches to use to work varying yarn gauges and colors together.

I'll have several knit examples that illustrate how you can put together odds and ends in appealing ways and I'll provide you a few basic patterns that you can bring with you to the October Frist Friday to test out what you learn here.

For Felters: 2-3 p.m.

Lynn and I have pulled together all our felt pieces (and next Wednesday we'll be working up some more creative samples to share) that show interesting ways to incorporate yarns in your nuno, needle and wet felting projects. From using ribbons to railroads, traditional wool to polys and silk!