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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.

 


 

 

Knitting Social

with Nalbinding tutorial for those interested

Sat. June 22ndth 1-4

Rain or shine, take a break from getting the garden planted to come join others for an afternoon of social knitting and sharing. Perhaps you have some WIPs or UFOs that you want to tie up before summer? Or perhaps you just want a little down time for yourself before the kids are out of school and your knitting time plummets!

Having spent the last couple of months (in between a lot of other things!) teaching myself to nalbind like the Vikings, I will have some show and tell to share of this very old form of needle arts (some consider it the precursor to knitting, but in some ways is a bit like crochet) and I will be happy to help anyone interested to get started with the basic stitch(s). Nalbinding makes a very dense fabric, but one that has a surprising amount of elasticity to it given it's density. You can work it in the round (like a hat or trivet) or flat back and forth (rug, etc).

If you're interested in trying this, you'll need some singles yarn (preferably heavy worsted or bulky) and if you don't have a nalbinding needle (we'll have some for sale if you want one), bring a large eyed Chibi or other brand of blunt tipped needle (also available at the store)

 

Knitting Social

with Indigo video showing traditions and techniques from around the world

Sat. July 6th 1-4

Another opportunity for you this summer to gather socially with others to knit, crochet, stitch, or spin.

I have a terrific video showing the growing, harvesting, production and technqiues of indigo around the world and will pop that in the workshop tv for viewing. I figured since this is prime time of the year to do some natural dyeing, you all might find this interesting to watch. I can also do an indigo demonstration for you, if you like, since I keep a couple of 32 gallon indigo vats going thru the summer. And if natural dyeing is a topic that interests you, be sure to check out the Natural Dye workshop we have planned for July 20 & 21st here.

So grab your current project and come on over to join us. Tell your friends, too, since the more the merrier.

 

 

Knitting Social

with help on finishing steps, if you like!

Sat. Aug 17th 1-4

Here is the last summer opportunity we are offering to gather socially with others to knit, crochet, stitch, or spin.

Based on the input from the ladies who took the Finishing Workshop here last Saturday, it sounds like a lot of knitters have projects in their stash that just need to be put together! So I decided to dedicate this gathering to UFOs!

On the premise that the blocking, seaming and finishing steps are the least popular aspects of knitting and that unpleasant tasks are easier in the company of others in the same boat, I decided to direct the focus of this Knitting Social on the idea of bringing knitters together in a sort of "support group" for getting those UFOs done!

That will help clear your project plate for a new fresh start when the new fall yarns arrive!

So grab one of your UFOS and come on over to join us. Tell your friends, too, since the more the merrier.

Batting Practice!

Wed August 7th 5:30 - 7:00

If you are in the market for a drum carder - and every felter or spinner should be if they don't already have one! - please join me for this evening and we'll put the drum carder thru its paces so you can see all the amazing and endless possibilities this tool offers for blending fibers, colors, textures, as well as how useful it is for processing raw, washed fleece too!

I'll show you several ways to approach loading the fiber for very different end results as well as ways to put this tool to use for using up all those bits and pieces of fiber you have left over from previous projects.

Registration required. Please call the shop or email if you want to attend.

 

 

Mittens with Moxie Contest featuring NFAC Kettle Dyed Sport or Fingering Yarn

Dates - TBD

I've run this before, but not for many years. And in the past, I have opened it to any yarns.

But this year I have decided to highlight a couple of the kettle dyed yarns we have here.

From the merino fingering to superwash merino sport/dk, you'll find some lovely colors to work with. So come on by and purchase the yarn for the mittens at a "contest discount". Then knit them up over the holidays and January, drop one (not a pair) off the first week in February for display here for 2 weeks so customers have a chance to vote for their favorite.

There will be several categories so I can give out more prizes! There will be generous gift certificates for the top winner in each category and lovely and useful prizes for the runners up.

So if you needed a little extra incentive to put on your creative hat and work on some mittens, maybe the possibility of winning a nice prize will help!

 

 

Fiber Challenge- The Occasionally Biennial Event!

Dates: TBD:

Coming soon. Keep your eyes on our email newsletter or Facebook for details!