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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.

 


 

Be sure to check out our classes , as well.

Noro Blankets & Pillows Trunk Show

Sat Feb 8th 10 - 5

We'll have the blankets/afghans from the Noro Blankets book here on display, along with some great pillows from the Noro Magazine Issue 9!

Stop by to get inspired for some "home decor" ideas using these colorful yarns and add a splash of fun to your den, family room or living room this month!

More details to come...

Be sure to check out "Classes" to see some interesting workshops this winter focused on home decor projects!

 

Quinquennial Fiber Challenge!

Sat Jan 11th and Sat Mar 14th 3 p.m.

It's time again to host a Fiber Challenge! Fiber because it involes yarn and fiber! Challenge because I put together a set of materials for each person to use that isn't in the usual range of choices for people to work with - and on top of that, I commit to a "theme" for the creations! (Tho' there is quite a bit of leeway in the interpretaion of the theme, I've noticed!)

This is open to knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, and spinners of any and every experience level!

The only criteria to participate are that:

1) you can make it to both the Kickoff and the Show and Tell gatherings (so both Jan 11th and Mar 14th (the only exception being for Fiber Challenger extraordinare, Dorian McGowan -should he be able and interested in participating - since he lives so far away!

2) you can complete your "challenge" in the 2 months given

So here's how it all works:

I provide the same set of "materials" free to each participant ("materials" will include both yarn and some fibers) in a "challenging" group of colors and textures

Each participant must use every "material" which I provide, plus 1 "material" which is unique to each participant AND, they can add one "material" of their own choosing (like buttons, wire, beads, yarn, fiber, tapestry warp, branches, tin cups, etc!).

On Jan 11th, particpants come for a few exercises at 3 p.m. and to pick up their materials. We review the parameters and in the "exercises/games" the "unique" items are exchanged.

Then each participant has 2 months to "create".

On Mar 14th, we gather again in the afternoon for Show & Tell and refreshments.

It is always so inspiring and AMAZING to see how differently the same set of materials can be interpreted thru the various fiber arts we love. And also, how the addition of 1 other "material" can bring such a different look to essentially the "same" set of "materials".

It's a lot of fun and good for all experience levels. And it gives you something to focus on during the short days and long nights of winter!!

So stay tuned to my email newsletter for more details about the colors and theme for this coming Fiber Challenge!

If you want to see some of the creations from previous Fiber Challenges check this page out from the very first one.

And here one for the 2nd and 3rd.

And here, for the last one I held!

Knit for Your Neighbors....Show & Tell

Nine customers came by last Saturday to help knit hats for kids for the Williston Food Shelf. I donated chunky and bulky gauge yarns to the cause and we had a lovely afternoon sitting by the fire and meeting new knitters. And in the 4 or so hours of the afternoon, we knit and crocheted 14 hats for toddlers, kids and tweens between the 9 of us!

I had already ransacked the store for "retiring models" to donate so that took care of a lot of adult hats. So with the kids hats we made Saturday and a few that other customers dropped off because they couldn't join us on Saturday, we have 39 hats to pass on to Ginger for the shelter!

Here are some photos of the event-

Skill Building: Traveling/Twisted Stitch Hat or Headband

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/

Date TBA