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.
Friday July 17th - Sat Aug 1st
This is the third year we've participated in this New England regional LYS event, and while covid-related health concerns may cause some of the previous year's participants to sit this one out it may be that other avid knitters and textile enthusiasts in New England may view it as a welcome excursion to get out of their own neighborhood and enjoy a change of scenery!
Each of the Saturday's of the event - so July 18th, July 25th and Aug 1st, I'l also post an online special so those of you who can't make it around to the store in person, can participate online!
Please note, we are requiring masks and practicing social distancing.
In case you don't know what other shops are involved or what this event is all about, here is a pdf you can see who is involved.
I have a couple of specials I'm offering here at the store if you happen to be in the area on one of the Saturdays of the event:
Sat July 18th - I'll have out fiber and needle felting needles (free for those participating in the Yarn Haul) and instructions (and in between customers in the shop can give you some live "how-tos") to get each of you Yarn Haulers who drop by an opportunity to learn to needle felt. The project is a jack-o-lantern/pumpkin because this is a simple project to learn the basics on. And learning to make one now means you have time this summer, when you need a break from knitting, to shift gears and put this creative and simple technique to use needling a "pumpkin patch" or "jack-o-lantern" display that could even rival Keene, NH pumpkin fest....or just enough to create a lovely center piece for your Thanksgiving meal!
Sat July 25th - The first 5 Yarn Haulers who make a non-discounted/sale purchase (5 for sure, maybe a few more, depending on what nice door prizes I feel like I can come up with!) will receive a great door prize. From luxury skeins of yarn with pattern to a great canvas bag to hold your stash to an interchangeable needle set! Whew!
Sat Aug 1st - I'll have 3 pots of natural dyes going (at this point, I think a madder, a logwood and an osage orange) at 11 am and at 2 p.m. so if you want to pick up a couple or three skeins of white wool at the shop, you can pop them in the dyepots out back in the garden and have some new yarn for a really special project! Please note that this option is time sensitive - if you want to partake in this you really need to be here at 10:45ish or at 1:45ish so you can get your sks in the pots. And they will cook for 45 mins....so bring your knitting! I'll have seats set up 6 ft apart out of doors (beneath the dye canopies so if it's raining, you'll be ok) so you can hang with others and knit while you wait (or do more shopping, of course!).
Sat May 23rd 4 - 5 p.m. - RSVP is important. Call the store or email us to let us know if you are coming.
There are so many ways to use this fabulous fiber and it is available in so many different forms that many knitters, weavers, spinners and felters haven't had an opportunity to explore them all. From making silk paper for notecards or to weave baskets with, to using it as a surface embellishment for felt, or as the base fabric in nuno felting, for lovely kumihimo braids to knitted or woven shawls.
So come on by this afternoon and learn about the fiber itself, how to use the unusual forms it is available in, and see something of the amazing life cycle of the silk worm that brings this fiber to us!
I haven't hosted this event in many years so thought it was about time again. And I'm expecting I'll have even more insight and new perspective on this wonderful fiber after my textile tour thru Uzbekistan in March!
So I invite you to join me for a journey thru the fascinating world of silk!
Stop by this afternoon to learn how to knit directly from the cocoon and harvest silk from the cocoon by either reeling it or stretching mawattas! Yes, this is hands on if you want it to be!
Or if you don't want to get your hands dirty, just come on by to explore the many varieties of silk fiber, yarn and fabric I have out on display so you can better understand what the differeneces are between wild and cultivated, muga and eri, charmeuse and margelin, paj and chiffon, reeled and thrums....just to scratch the surface! Some of you felters may have heard of bricks and lapps, but do you know how they can be used or how they are different from top?
'So much to explore and learn to best understand the various ways you can incorporate this fabulous fiber into your knitting, spinning, weaving and felting creations going forward.
And having raised silkworms here for a couple of summers, I have lots of visuals to share - so stop by to see the silk worm eggs, how they attract mates, and learn about their fascinating life cycle!
I won't be serving any fermented mare's milk, but will have some Uzbeki treats out to compliment the affair!
Postponed - TBD
I have three compendia of Bavarian traveling stitch patterns from which I put together a pattern for this sweet hat knit in Patagonia, by Juniper Moon. They have an interesting way of charting these simple patterns that don't require a cable needle, but give you the effect of intricate and delicate cables!
I also am working up a headband done in Patagonia's heavier cousin, Santa Cruz. Also organic, mulesing free merino, this yarn knits at a heavier gauge. For those wanting to try their hand at the Traveling/Twisted stitches in a quicker and easier undertaking, this headband offers the option of learning all the same techniques, tips and chart reading, but in a smaller project that will work up faster.
I'll teach you how to follow the unique charting to create meandering and highly decorative traveling stitches as shown on the hat pictured above (photo coming soon). Patagonia is a perfect yarn for this technique since it's twist and ply enable a really crisp stitch definition that helps show off this technique. And spun from organic merino, you know it will be soft enough for even the pickiest heads! This is a free class on traveling stitches with the purchase of a skein of Patagonia or of Santa Cruz/