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May 2013

Deadline for Workshop Registration at Maine Fiber Frolic is Sat, May 25


Alissa Allen Will Teach Exploring Mushroom for Dyes

So this is a shout-out for anyone planning to attend the Maine Fiber Frolic June 1 and 2 in Windsor, Maine: the  deadline for workshop registration is Saturday, May 25,  a week before the event. I’ll post more comprehensive info on the festival  next week, but I  wanted to give folks a heads-up in case they were interested in signing up for a workshop. Here is an overview of the selections:

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7th Annual Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival

tennfibfestJust wanted to give a shout out today for the 7th Annual Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival. The festival is being held at the Dickson County Fairgrounds, which is about 45 minutes west of Nashville, and the line-up of workshops looks terrific.

In all there are 4 dyeing workshops, 7 felting, 5 fiber preparation, 5 knitting, 8 spinning, 4 weaving workshops. The choices are too many to go into here, but they appeal to varying levels of expertise from beginner to advanced.

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The 39th Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair


2012 1st Place Single Sheep and Champion:
Dorothy Benedict, West Brookfield, MA

The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, May 26 and 27, promises to offer city dwellers a bit of country life this weekend. The fair kicks off with a Sheep show Saturday morning, followed by a Fleece Sale Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Other events include contests, a host of great fiber workshops, fiber demos , sheep dog trials, and a fiber market with over 50 vendors.

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Space Still Available at The New England Fiber Arts Retreat

newenglandfiberretreatThere are still openings for a terrific week long retreat July 28-Aug 3 in coastal Maine (is there anything more beautiful than mid summer coastal Maine?). The New England Fiber Arts Retreat has something for all stripes of fiber enthusiast: knitters, spinners, weavers, and dyers. Here is a quick list of the workshop offerings:

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The 18th Annual Great Lakes Fiber Show


Fleece Sale

The Great Lakes Fiber Show, in Wooster, Ohio, gets bigger and better each year. In it’s 18th year, the Great Lakes Fiber Show, this weekend, May 25 & 26, will feature a sheep show,  angora goat show, wool and mohair fleece shows and sales, fiber workshops for adults and kids, expert presentations and a lively market of over 90 fiber related vendors.

The workshops will appeal to fiber lovers of every stripe. Broken into fiber interest groups, they include:

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Yarnbombers Sought around Grand Rapids, Michigan

lowellyarnbombLowell Arts!, an arts organization in Lowell, Michigan, a town 20 miles east of Grand Rapids, is recruiting knitters and crocheters to yarnbomb their trees in preparation for their Riverwalk Festival, July 11-13. Each volunteer gets her very own tree to yarnbomb! Twenty-seven trees are up for adoption, with more to follow if there is demand. Participants are encouraged to use bright colors and their creativity. Acrylic yarn should be used because it can withstand the elements better than natural fibers. The installation will remain in place until the Harvest Celebration in October. See the Lowell Arts! website for photos of the trees and sign-up information.

Madrid Knits! Knitting Group in Madrid, Spain

madridknits1Today’s interview is with Kim of the knitting group, Madrid Knits!, in Madrid, Spain.  It sounds like a great group of people, and they have extended an invitation for all travelers (who handicraft) to join them!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your group?

Madrid Knits! meets every Friday and one Saturday a month to knit and/or crochet while we unwind from our busy weeks. It was founded by a couple of friends in 2009 and started off small, but nowadays you can find up to twenty people there on any given Friday! We enjoy relaxing and both chatting with old friends and meeting new people while we knit, crochet, embroider, etc…and, of course, enjoy the delicious food and drinks available at the Starbucks that has graciously saved us a spot from the very beginning.

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A Yarn Crawl in the Pacific Northwest: The 2013 Northwest LYS Tour and Map

northwestlysWe have a big yarn crawl happening this weekend in the Pacific Northwest from the Canadian border, around Puget Sound, to the south Seattle suburbs.   A whopping 24 yarn shops are participating in the 8th Annual Northwest LYS Tour.

Since the tour is self-guided, participants may visit as many or as few shops as they like; however, the more shops visited, the bigger and better the prizes.

It works like this. You begin by obtaining a passport at one of the participating shops, then get your passport stamped at each shop along the way. If you earn 8 stamps, you are eligible to win one of two $100 gift certificates; for 16 stamps, you become eligible to win one of three $100 gift certificates & one $250 gift certificate; and for stamps at all 24 shops, you are eligible to win either a $250 gift certificate or a $500 gift certificate.

In addition to the monetary prizes, there will be a daily raffle at each shop, and a pattern give-away with an accompanying 10% yarn discount.

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Should Children Knitting be Taught in School?


A First Grader at a Waldorf School Works on her Hat

After my husband’s question the other day about whether knitting requires smarts, I started poking around the internet to see what other people thought. I discovered that there was indeed a group of people who recognized the brainpower behind knitting- educators. Apparently, there is a growing movement to use knitting in the classroom, and ground zero is Kent, England.

At Worth Primary School in Kent, England  a group of teachers noticed the positive impact a lunchtime knitting club was having on students. Headmistress Lynne Moore told the British paper, the Daily Mail that the knitting club improved behavior and communication.

“Instead of playing on their phones or computers, the children knit and talk to each other. They have proper conversations,” said Ms. Moore.

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The Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

Long Island Fleece & Fiber FairThe Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair is a two day event that promotes the fiber arts through demonstrations, workshops and a marketplace of about 25 fiber-related vendors.

Budding fiber enthusiasts will be interested in demonstrations of carding fleece, (detangling the fleece so the individual fibers align); dyeing fleece, and spinning fleece on a wheel. There will also be basic knitting, weaving, felting and quilting demonstrations and instruction.

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