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October 2013

Verdant Gryphon Yarn Studio Open House is Saturday in Easton, MD


how pretty is this yarn??!!

Verdant Gryphon Yarn Studio is hosting its annual Open House on November 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm. It is the public’s chance to see the studio in full operation. On the agenda are custom dyeing, knitting, food, and music. Baby alpacas,  and “the real live soap guy” will make appearances. In addition, there will also be a fashion show, a knitting relay race for charity, and a raffle. The Verdant Gryphon asks that folks RSVP to either their Ravelry event page or Facebook event page.

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The Fiber Festival of New England, Nov 2-3

FiberFestival2013NEThe Fiber Festival of New England is a fiber festival replete with a fleece show, fiber workshops, fiber demos, a Fiber Festival Fashion Show, a Make it With Wool Competition, and a fiber marketplace of over 150 vendors.

Workshops include:

  • Lacy Felted Scarf
  • Needle Felted Landscapes
  • Crazy Mixed-Up Slip Stitches
  • Hairpin Lace Scarf in a Day
  • Felted Jewelry Shapes & Design

See The Fiber Festival of New England Website to register for a workshop or for additional information.

The Fiber Festival of New England is this weekend, November 2-3, 2013 at the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave, East Springfield, MA. See the

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Show and Sale Begins Thursday!

seatweavshowSeattle Weavers’ Guild 2013 Annual Show and Sale showcases quality hand-crafted goods- everything from rugs, blankets, tapestries, towels, pet accessories, children’s items, wall art, apparel, basketry, liturgical weaving, tools to hand-spun/dyed yarns. In addition to the marketplace, there will be fiber arts demos such as spinning and weaving.

The event is  Thursday, October 24, 5-8pm; Friday, October 25, 10am-8pm; and Saturday, October 26, 10am-5pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245-10th Ave East, Seattle, WA.

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival- Worth the Trip!

nyffThe New York Sheep and Wool Festival is a huge fiber festival north of New York City worth the travel. In addition to a marketplace of over 260 vendors, there will be an enormous selection of workshops that will appeal to fiber enthusiasts of all stripes: basket makers, dyers, felters, knitters, rug hookers and spinners.  Also of interest to fiber lovers are the Wool, Mohair and Alpaca Fleece Show and Sale and a host of competitions, including Skein, Handmade Item, Designer Item, Fleece To Shawl, Drop Spindle, Spinning, Chop Stick Knitting, and Make it with Wool.  Add to that cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and sheep herding demos, and this festival promises fun for the whole family!

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival is being held October 19th and 20th at The Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY. Hours are  Saturday, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, 10AM-5PM.

The Central Kansas Yarn Hop starts tomorrow!

centckaycThe 7th Annual Central Kansas Yarn Hop is a 3 day, 10 shop yarn crawl beginning Thursday, Oct 17 and concluding Sunday, Oct 20. In order to participate, stop by one of the shops on the tour and purchase a passport for $5 (passports will cost $6 once the crawl begins). The passport is your ticket to participation in prize drawings- note that you must visit at least 8 shops to be eligible for 10 different prizes worth $100-125, and you must visit all ten shops to be eligible for the grand prize valued at $500. And there is an added perk- you will be given a ball of yarn at each shop you visit. You can then combine these yarns to make project (the pattern will be included with your passport).

We have put together a map of the Central Kansas Yarn Hop for your use with a little bit of information on each participating shop.

Peace, Love and Yarn- A November Retreat in Vermont’s Green Mountains

inn-front-autumn-2We just learned of lovely retreat in the beautiful mountains of Northern Vermont, November 8, 9 and 10 called Woolstock. Organized by Mountain Fiber Folk, a cooperative that brings together fiber enthusiasts with wools and yarns produced in the foothills of the Green Mountains, Woolstock will be held at The Phineas Swann, a charming nationally recognized bed and breakfast (think the second Bob Newhart Show). Workshops on tap include:

  • Needle Felted Santa Face
  • Knitting With Roping
  • Experiment With Crochet
  • Needle Felting Cards
  • Try Your Hand At Drop Spindling

Here’s a link to the brochure. To register for the retreat, call 802-236-4306.