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October 2013

The First Yarnosphere in Orange County, California, Oct 12 & 13


Shop and learn this weekend at the first annual Yarnosphere in Orange County, California. In addition to a fiber marketplace, the event will offer the following workshops for fiber enthusiasts:

  • Saturday morning, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Whip Your Knits into Shape Joan McGowan-Michael $75
  • Finishing Tricks Diana Jimenez $55
  • Crochet an Evening or Wedding Dress Paula Bennett $65
  • Knit Lace! Evelyn Van Orden $55

Saturday afternoon, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Whip Your Knits Into Shape Part 2 Joan McGowan-Michael $75
  • Spinning With a Drop Spindle Nancy Boerman $60
  • Crocheted Jewelry Evelyn Van Orden $65
  • Knit Mitered Poncho Kathee van Horn $55

Sunday morning, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Whip Your Knits into Shape Joan McGowan-Michael $75
  • Japanese Symbols Lucinda Lai $55
  • Crochet for Knitters and Advanced Crocheters Patty Nance $50
  • Machine Knitting for Hand Knitters Helen Koshak $95
  • Sunday afternoon, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Beading For Knits Joan McGowan-Michael $80
  • Make a Felted Pod Sara Smelt $55
  • Learn to Crochet and Make Amigurumis Sharon Shinn $55
  • Bargello Knits: Shepherding Hand Dyed Yarn Patty Nance

 Yarnosphere  is October 12-13, 2013 at the Southern California OC Fair & Event Center (Anaheim Building) from 10am to 6pm both days. Admission $10 at the door; $5 in advance while available. Parking  is $7.

The Vista, California Fiber Arts Fiesta is this weekend!

vistaffThe Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta is a gathering of fiber artists which will appeal to all stripes of fiber folk: weavers, basket makers, spinners, felters, knitters, crocheters, and gourd artists. The Fiesta will host a 30 plus vendor marketplace, as well as an informal spinning corral. Venders will be selling everything from supplies to finished work. The event is October 12-13, 10 am-4 pm, in Vista, California at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 North Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA.  Admission and parking are free!

Hill Country Yarn Crawl, aka “the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas,” Begins Friday!

hillcountryycThe ten day Hill Country Yarn Crawl, aka “the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas”, runs Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 20 and includes 11 great LYSs in central Texas. To participate, purchase a passport for $10 on their website. Since it is a self guided tour, participants may visit as few or many as shops as they like. There is an incentive to visit more shops, however. In addition to a 25% discount on select yarns, each shop will raffle off 10 prizes, and if you visit all 11 shops, you become eligible for the grand prize drawing, valued at over $500!

Weekend hours during the crawl are as follows: 8am – 7pm Fridays and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm Sundays. All other days, shops will keep their regular hours. We have put together a map of the Hill Country Yarn Crawl for your use with helpful info on each participating shop.

The Trailing of Sheep Festival, Oct 10-12 in Idaho

trailsheepRanked as one of the top ten fall festivals in the world by MSN Travel, The Trailing of Sheep Festival is a huge four day annual celebration in Idaho’s Northern Rockies centered on the trailing of 1,500 sheep down from the mountains to winter pastures.  The festival includes cooking classes, champion sheep dog trials, a folklife fair, a sheep parade down Ketchum’s Main Street, a wool and lamb marketplace, and of special interest to fiber enthusiasts, Fiberfest, a series of fiber workshops.

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The Fifth Annual NYC Yarn Crawl is this weekend!

nycyc The Fifth Annual NYC Yarn Crawl is a ten LYS tour in the Big Apple, October 5 and 6, 2013. Crawlers may visit as many or few of the stores as they like. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for a prize at each shop they visit during the crawl. The participating shops will also be offering individual promotions over the course of the weekend (see the NYC Yarn Crawl website for more specific info). Lastly, all shops will be participating in a Scavenger hunt for more prizes. We have put together a map of the NYC Yarn Crawl for your use with a little info on each of the shops. Have a great crawl!

The 2013 Dallas Fort Worth Yarn Crawl, Y’all

dfwycThe 2013 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all is a 13 shop, 9 day tour of yarn shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Oct 4-13. To participate, simply print out a passport from the DFW Yarn Crawl Website, staple it together and you’re ready to go. Visit as many shops as you like, getting your passport stamped at each stop along the way. The more stamps you collect, the more raffles you may enter. At your last stop on the tour, turn in your passport, then check the site Oct 31 to see if you’ve won any. In addition to raffle prizes, the tour will offer free patterns, trunk shows, demos and more. We’ve create a map of the Dallas Fort Worth Yarn Crawl for your use, with a little info on each LYS.  It sounds like it’s going to be a great weekend!

The Arizona Yarn Crawl- The Whole State, The Whole Month

arizycThe Arizona Yarn Crawl is a meandering 17 shop yarn crawl over the entire state of Arizona over the entire month of October. Print a passport from the Arizona Yarn Crawl Website and visit as many or few shop as you like.

To be eligible to win the Grand Slam prize, which is valued over $1000 (!!!), you must receive stamps from ALL participating Local Yarn Shops. To win one of the sixteen Grand Prizes, you need to visit 8 LYS with at least two (2) stamps from Local Yarn Shops in each Region (Northern, Central and Southern – see their website for info on regions). In addition, each LYS has special events planned during the crawl.

We have created a map of the Arizona Yarn Crawl for your use, with info on each LYS and links to their websites.

The 2013 Wool Festival at Taos, Oct. 5 and 6

taoslogo_2012The 2013 Wool Festival at Taos will feature a wonderful wool market with approximately 70 juried vendors; animal exhibits including sheep, alpacas, goats, and angora rabbits; spinning, dyeing, and shearing demonstrations; and fleece, yarn and apparel contests. Not only that, but there will kids activities, a silent auction, live music, and food vendors serving regional lamb and cheeses.

The event will be held Saturday, 9:00-5:00  and Sunday, 9:00-4:00, October 5 & 6 at Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico. Sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family! And best of all, it free!  For more info see the Wool Festival at Taos website .

The 5th Annual Southern Adirondack Festival, Oct. 5 and 6

adirff The 5th Annual Southern Adirondack Festival will host workshops, an Alpaca Fleece Show and Sale, a Sheep Fleece Show & Sale, a Handspun Skein Show and Sale, demos and a huge fiber marketplace of 120 vendors.

Workshops include:

Saturday, October 5, 2013:

  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Fashionable Felt Bracelets $40
  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Inkle Weaving Basics $40
  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Aran Knitting $40

Sunday, October 6, 2013

  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Shibori Dyeing with Natural Dyes $40
  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Felt Collage $40
  • 1:00 – 4:00pm Felted Snowman $40

For aspiring fiber artists there will also be free spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting demos. For the aspiring shepherd/ rancher, shearing demos, dog herding demos, tool making demos, and duck herding (!?) demos.

Animal displays will include Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Rabbits, Angora & Cashmere Goats

Admission Price is just $5 for adults,  and kids 13 and under are free. The 5th Annual Southern Adirondack Festivalwill be held October 5 and 6 at Washington County Fairgrounds, in Greenwich, NY.