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July 2013

Two Favorite LYSs Close in Iowa

crazygirlWe are sad to report that two locations of Crazy Girl Yarn Shop in Iowa have closed: one in Cedar Falls, and one in Coralville. Owner Leslie Matheson, who had put her life savings into these yarn shops, reports that sales were down 50% last year. She attributes the drop in sales to rising internet sales.

Leslie plans to stay active in the knitting community. She vows to continue the popular Crazy Girl wine and knit night (details to follow), and she intends to start a local chapter of the The Knitting Guild of America. Leslie will keep in touch with the knit/crochet community through her Facebook Page.  We wish her the best!

The Intermountain Weavers’ Conference for Fiber, July 25-28

iwcThe 30th Intermountain Weavers’ Conference for Fiber (IWC)  is a three day event with workshops, exhibits, a fashion show, a market place and raffle in Durango, Colorado.

The main exhibit will be a non-juried “Celebration of Fiber”, which will gives all IWC members a chance to show their work. Monetary prizes will be given in various categories, including hand-weaving, spinning, knitting, and felting. Here’s an overview of the awards being given:

Saco Valley Fiber Artists Summer Textile Workshop

KSm_lambsHere is yet another option for summer learning: the Saco Valley Fiber Artists Summer Textile Workshop in Maine, where you can try out new fiber skills in a  farm setting.  The workshop is Fri, July 19 and Sat, July 20, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Shearbrooke Farm, 400 Saco Road, Standish ME 04084. The cost is $65/day plus materials fees.

Classes include:

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A New LYS Opens!! The Knot House in Frederick, MD

theknothouseToday we welcome The Knot House, a new LYS who had their grand opening  in Frederick, Maryland this past Saturday. Owned by mother-daughter team Cathy and Heather, with help from good friend Dee-Dee, the three have set out to create a community based yarn shop with a little bit of edge. The shop’s specialty? Hand-dyed yarns! Check out their Facebook page or visit them at 129E Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland. Best of luck to the Knot House!!

New England Weavers Seminar, July 11-14

newenglweavThe New England Weavers Seminar for 2013 is  July 11-14 on the Smith College campus in scenic Northhampton, Massachusetts. Classes vary in length from ½ day to 4 days and target beginning to advanced weavers. Preregistration ended June 1, but on-site registration for open classes will begin July 11 at 10AM. Participants can register for the entire seminar (15 hours of workshops), the Beginning Weaving workshop, or for individual workshops. The full seminar is $285 while individual classes are $65/ 3 hours of class time. Participants can stay either in the Smith College dorms or off campus.

Here is a quick overview of the class offerings:

Interested in Machine Knitting? Here’s a Course for You.

machknitOn your 56th hour knitting a sweater on number 4 needles, have you ever fantasized about learning to machine knit? I know I have.  Maybe some of you have even taken the next step and actually bought a knitting machine. Maybe some of you have even learned how to use your knitting machine! For those of you who have a knitting machine (or plan to get one), there’s a pretty cool week long course being offered this summer in machine knitting at the Haliburton School of the Arts, about a two and half hour drive from Toronto. Students bring their own machines and learn everything from basic skills such as casting on and off, hems, and edges to more advanced skills like entrelac, weaving, lace and short-row techniques. The 47.5 hour course costs $313.50, which if you break it down to cost per hour is pretty darn reasonable. Accommodations can be found in the area for about $100-150 week. The highlands area is supposed to be beautiful- overlooking Head Lake.

The course is July 15-19. See the Haliburton School of the Arts website for more information.

Pridie Collection- Boutique Yarn Shop, Peterborough, Ontario

pridieToday’s interview is with Christina Pridie, knitwear designer and owner of the Pridie Collection- Boutique Yarn Shop in Peterborough, Ontario. Christina’s designs are available on Ravelry.

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?

The Pridie Collection – Boutique Yarn Shop is a quaint little place that is filled with eye candy everywhere you look. There is tables and chairs inside and outside to ssk (sit, sip and knit) a while. We have a self serve station where you can purchase hot & cold beverages to suit your stay. We teach classes in both knitting and crocheting for the beginner to advanced levels. We also do some charity knitting where our customers get involved making mittens for the kids in the Public Schools and also chemo hats for The Canadian Cancer Society. Everyday is a stitch in but we also host a Knitting Bee every Thursday afternoon and evening for those who like a scheduled day and time. Everyone has a great time, especially me.

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A Month Long Yarn Crawl: Get Your Knits in Virginia


The Get Your Knits Cinch Bag

So here’s a slightly different twist on the yarn crawl idea. The Get Your Knits Yarn Crawl in Virginia lasts the entire month of July and includes 21 shops across the entire state. It costs $25 to participate, but that buys you a cinch bag and 15% off all regularly-priced items at each store (needles, books and notions are excluded) for the whole month.

With the cinch bag, you’ll receive a Your Knits Yarn Crawl card or passport. When you spend at least $10 at a shop, you can get your card stamped at that store. At the end of tour, turn in your card; those with the most stamps will be entered into a prize drawing. Additionally, there will be raffles for $50 gift certificates at each store- each $25 spent at that store buys you a spot in the raffle.

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