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.

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.