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I should remind folks occasionally that we carry things besides yarn. So here it is - the reminder - We also dye fiber and have supplies for that - Ashford acid dyes for wool and silk, silk scarves, Knaked yarn for dyeing and books on how to do that. We also weave and spin and I can order equipment for doing those from Ashford and Louet. So if you have been coveting that new Victoria spinning wheel or an 8 harness table loom - you can get it here. Ashford has better delivery and stock that make it quicker to get but Louet is usually good too. I just got in some plain old white wool roving for spinning and am going to be playing with that this week. By the end of next week there ought to be some colorful fiber for sale. Maybe I'll be able to get around to playing with the 1000 yd cone of mohair I have been looking at for a month or so and wondering what colors it should be.
There'll be email about this next week but I did also want to remind folks that there's a class on Weaving on an Inkle Loom in August. The deadline for signing up for this is August 6th. I will need a few days to get looms in for people who sign up for the class.
Maizy is the new corn fiber sock yarn made by Crystal Palace. There's a bit of elastic thrown in and it is suprisingly soft in 31 yummy colors. Also in is a new assortment bag of Panda Cotton. And some books.....
It is going to be a sweater and she just did some swatches and decided on these cables. It is out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca. Kadri has been knitting a long time and seems to be able to make it up in her head. You too could design your own sweater - the next design class is September 1st. We'll use knitter's graph paper and some math and start a bit simpler.
I cannot believe how beautiful this thing is...I would never have attempted this sort of knitting without the Knit Along. Forgive the bad picture...
I have become addicted to lace. I usually manage to get to bed early and am staying up past midnight a lot lately....If I look tired this is probably why. I also started another shawl with a lace border out of my handspun. And am doing another large square shawl that is a combination of knitting and crochet and is fairly free form, but has a cat theme. The Sheep Shawl is calling, but will have to wait until I get through the mystery stole. I am quickly approaching project overload, and have to finish something soon.
There's Kool Aid Dyeing this Saturday. Please register for this by Friday at noon. Carole needs at least three students in order to teach it.
Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters is here....I have to take one of these home, but there are a few left. Also in today: Getting Started Knitting Socks...and some new Crosspatch Creations fiber - though Jan took half of it......I ordered more this morning cause it is amazingly beautiful stuff. There was some sock yarn too. Lang came out with a limited edition very prettysock yarn. Unfortunately I only have 2 left.....and hey you could make yarn for your twisted sisters sweater in the koolaid class...
This year the Red Scarf Project has changed a bit. Apparently we knitters and crocheters overwhelmed them. Donors are now requested to send no more than 5 scarves to:
Orphan Foundation of America Attn: Red Scarf Project 21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 130 Sterling, VA 20191
We will not be collecting them to send this year due to the 5 scarf limit. The other thing is that the deadline has moved - now scarves should be sent between September 1st and October 15th. There's time to get a few done between now and then. You can go to their website for more information. And.....this is also a great time to start planning and knitting all those Christmas gifts! It's too hot to be out gardening and if you get it started early - you might not have to stay up past midnight every night for the two weeks before Christmas to finish.