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June 2013

Needle Rock Fiberarts, Telluride, Colorado

needlerockstorefrontToday’s featured yarn place is Needle Rock Fiberarts in Telluride, Colorado. Dubbed The Mountain Knitting Store, it is a LYS that appeals to locals and tourists alike. The interview is with the shop’s owner.

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Located in beautiful Telluride, Colorado, Needle Rock Fiberarts provides supplies to all yarn enthusiasts – knitters, crocheters, spinners, needle pointers, weavers & needle felters. We host 2 weekly open knitting circles, offer lessons to beginners & workshops for the more advanced. We’ve been called Telluride’s living room, as ladies love to come & hang out with their stitching, enjoy a cup of tea at our kitchen table & share the latest news, gossip & the chance to show off their projects.

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Support Knit the Bridge’s Indiegogo Campaign

cropped-bridge-project-fi2013-phase-3b2I’d like to give a shout-out today for my hometown of Pittsburgh – folks there are in the middle of the largest yarn bombing project ever attempted in the US and they need your help. The plan is to cover the 1000 foot Andy Warhol Bridge with a series of knit and crochet panels spanning both sides of the bridge. Not only that, but the group organizing the effort, Knit the Bridge, plans to attire the two steel towers that support the suspension bridge in knitwear as well. In order to do that, they must hire professionals to scale the towers, and professionals cost money. Knit the Bridge is asking for community support through an Indiegogo campaign.

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Welcome, Pale Moon Yarns in Andalusia, Alabama!

palemoon1 We’d like to give a shout-out today for Pale Moon Yarns, a new LYS in Andalusia, Alabama. The shop is owned by Louise Walker, who moved to Andalusia when her husband accepted a teaching job at the local middle school.

Louise quickly fell in love with the small Alabama town; her only peeve was the long trip she had to make to Mobile or Fairhope to get yarn. Aware of the uptick in interest in knitting fostered by the internet, Louise began to toy with idea of opening her own shop in Andalusia. That musing became a reality six weeks ago when Pale Moon opened its doors.

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The I-91 Shop Hop Mapped, June 27-30

i91shophopThe I-91 Shop Hop is four day, 11 shop yarn crawl along the I-91 corridor from Putney, VT to New Haven, CT. It works like this: you begin by acquiring a passport, tote bag and map for $5 at any one of the LYSs. The tour is self-guided, so you are free to visit as many or few of the shops as you like. At each shop, you can get your passport stamped and become eligible for a Daily Door Prize. If you manage to make it to all 11 shops on the tour, you will be entered in a drawing for a Grand Prize which includes yarns, supplies and gift certificates for all 11 shops.

The I-91 Shop Hop runs Thursday June 27 through Sunday June 30, 2013. All shop hours will be 10am–6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 12pm–5pm on Sunday. We have mapped the tour for you with info on each participating shop. Enjoy!

Knitting Camp for Kids in Alexandria, VA

knitcampalexSo I thought this was a nifty idea- knitting camp for kids! Fibre Space, a LYS in Alexandria, Va is hosting Vacation Fibre school, a week-long day camps for kids. The two sessions will be July 8-12 & July 15-19. Kids ages 7-11 at all levels of ability are welcome to attend.

In additional to daily knitting lessons, children will be introduced to  fiber crafts such as yarn dyeing, felt making, spool knitting, braiding and knotting, and bead use in fiber projects.

For more information, see the Fibre Space Website.

Want to Try a New Fiber Art? Consider Attending Fiber U, July 13-14 in Lebanon, Missouri

Maybe you are a knitter who would like to try spinning or a spinner who’d like to learn dyeing? If so, you might want to consider Fiber “U”, a fiber arts event with a great selection of beginning to intermediate classes in Lebanon, Missouri this summer. The event is Printsponsored by MOPACA, a network of more than 100 alpaca farms in the Midwest, and includes fiber arts demonstrations and a marketplace of more than 30 fiber related vendors as well as the workshops.

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Marr Haven Wool Farm Shop, Allegan, Michigan

marhaven3Our featured place this week is Marr Haven Wool Farm Shop in Allegan, Michigan. Our interview is with the farm’s owner.

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Our shop is not the typical yarn shop, it is all about wool. The relaxed atmosphere is promoted with the couch and chairs placed so visitors may sit and knit, chat or view the peaceful countryside around us.

Our soft, natural yarns are from the merino rambouillet sheep raised here. An inventory of some items for knitters include knitting needles, patterns and books. We have an extensive supply of unspun wool and exotic fiber for spinners and felters in the processed form of roving, top and batts along with instruction patterns, books and kits.  Continue reading “Marr Haven Wool Farm Shop, Allegan, Michigan” »

Woolfest- June 22 & 23

LlamasandAlpacas515x72dpiWoolfest is a celebration of fiber producing animals and the fiber arts in northern Ohio. Festival goers can meet all kinds of fiber producing animals, including sheep, rabbits, llamas, and alpacas, and see demonstrations of sheep herding, and animal shearing. Fiber crafters will enjoy demos of fiber processing, spinning, weaving and knitting, can try a workshop, or visit the 20 vendor marketplace for yarns, roving, and all kinds of crafting supplies.

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Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Workshop, June 21-23

Natural Dyes & Iron pots smThis is a three day weekend of fiber workshops in the beautiful Lakes Region of Western Maine. Here’s an overview of the selections:

Bookmaking: Buttonhole Books, Three Books – Intro to Bookbinding

Doll Making: Bunting Dolls, Fiber & Folk Art Dolls, Folk Dolls

Dyeing:  Dyeing

Felting: Nuno Felted Scarf, Cobweb Felted Scarf, Three Little Bears, Malleable Felted Bowl, Jelly Roll Trivet, Pin Up Pup and Friends

Fiber Processing: Carding Textured Art Batts

Hooking: Locker Hooking, Rug Hooking, Punch Needle Miniature Hooked RugsKnitting: Twined Knitting, Twisted Stitches of Austria, Introduction to Fair Isle, Friendship Slippers – Knitted & Fulled Clogs, Leftie Scarf; Log Cabin – Go Crazy!

Spinning: Beginning Spinning, Mixing Fibers & Colors at the Wheel, Plying Singles, Spinning Textured Art Yarns; Working with Angora

Weaving: Weavette, Inkle Weaving, Lucet Braiding
 Mixed Media, Basket Making, Tapestry Weaving

Other: Wool Jewelry, Wild Fabric Scrap Carpets, Photographing Your Work

Click here for more information on workshops and to register.

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