Hello everyone, hope everyone is having a nice summer. It has been awhile since I ve posted here so there is a lot of catching up to do! The last two times IMessage 1 of 2 , Jun 28, 2008View SourceHello everyone, hope everyone is having a nice summer. It has been
awhile since I've posted here so there is a lot of catching up to do!
The last two times I tried to make a post here they were
interrupted... once while I was in a hotel room at the Finger Lakes
Knitting Seminar in New York, and the second time by a thunderstorm.
Let's see if those goes better. ;) I am going to use a Table of
Contents so you can skip to parts of this message that are of
interest to you!
TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS MESSAGE:
1) what we've been up to
2) Machine Knitting Camp follow-up
3) Embroidery Camp info, July 17-19
4) sale items
5) pillow ideas
6) newsletter Summer 2008 Issue
7) travel plans
8) September Seminar
9) THINK GREEN contest
1) WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO... It's been a busy few months at Rocking
Horse Farm! Several weeks ago, Carole taught at the Purls of Joy
Seminar in Minneapolis but had to leave early for her grandson's
wedding. Of course, part of the wedding gift was a personalized
afghan knit with the G Carriage featuring the couple's names and
During that same weekend, I (Jason) was at the Finger Lakes Knitting
Seminar in Cortland, New York. It was nice getting to meet so many
knitters who have been readers and subscribers, as well as new
friends. After the Seminar I had some music industry business to take
care of in New York and Pennsylvania, but I made a point to stop in
Conshohocken Pennsylvania to see if I could find information about
the famous CONSHOHOCKEN COTTON yarn that we used to sell. I wandered
around the town following a wild-goose chase for most of a day, and
it's an adventure I might write up for an article someday. I did get
to meet the nice owner of a Yarn Store called "Crafty Me." Visit
Anita's store here:
In early June we hosted a 4-H Sunday event which included the
opportunity for young people in our city to use our donated fleece
and sewing machines to make fleece hats for charity. After that event
we had a short time to get ready for our annual Knitting Camp. This
year 17 machine knitters spent one or more days knitting in the
fellowship of others.
2) KNITTING CAMP FOLLOW UP
This year 17 machine knitters spent one or more days knitting in the
fellowship of others. Check out the pictures in a new album, in this
group's PHOTOS section.
Camp began with an Opening Ceremony. Jason gave each attendee a piece
of yarn from a single skein. The yarn had several colors, which
represented different people with different fiber backgrounds coming
together for one shared Knitting Camp experience. Everyone hung the
yarn on their nametags.
At the end of camp, the pieces of yarn were collected so they can be
used for a charity project. The skein will be made into a shawl and
the pieces will become part of the fringe. The completed shawl will
be given to the SHEILA'S SHAWLS program for use by someone affected
by domestic violence. (For more info about this knitting charity,
contact us.) The person who receives this shawl will be touched by
every person who was at knitting camp, through all of the combined
pieces of yarn.
Other fun memories of camp include: enjoying the nice weather with an
outdoor picnic, laughing and learning from mistakes together,
Carole's new Fruit Salsa with Toasted Cinnamon Chips recipe (which
will be printed in the next ROCKING HORSE NEWS), and the pillow ideas.
3) EMBROIDERY CAMP
There is still space available for our SEWING AND EMBROIDERY CAMP,
Thursday - Saturday, July 17-19. This year's camp is very informal,
like a retreat. Bring your own machine and projects and enjoy the
camraderie of like-minded crafters. Registration is $49 (includes
breakfast rolls, lunch each day, snacks, optional late-night campfire
and sewing time). Contact us for lodging info or other details.
4) SALE ITEMS
Tamm Kitty Yarn is on sale for a few more days... it is 100% Acrylic
on approximately 450 gram cones (3346 yards per cone) Suggested
knitting tension: Single strand tension 3 - 4, or Double strand
tension 8 - 9. Washing instructions: Machine wash gentle cycle (cool
water and mild soap) and dry (low heat). Kitty is soft to the touch,
great for sweaters and baby items. Double strand is great with the
Tamm Estilo Yarn is also on sale... it is a 60% Acrylic/ 40% Nylon
dress yarn on approximately 1 pound cones (3,670 yards per pound).
Suggested knitting tension: 3 - 5. Washing instructions: Machine wash
gentle cycle, (cool water and mild soap) and dry (low heat). This
yarn has good wear and washability. Suited for blouses,
baby clothes and dresses.
Garter Bars: we have several Garter Bar sets on sale for $25 +s/h
(regular price from supplier, $54)
Garter Bar Book, by Alles Hutcheson in pre-owned condition, $5 +s/h
We still have meltable soap for your machine embroidery or stitching
projects to embed in the soap!
5) PILLOW IDEAS
One of the Knitting Camp projects was to make a knit pillow covering
and some knit "covers" that were interchangeable with the seasons. We
started by knitting a permanent pillow cover with an isolated motif
which was put onto a Airtex Pillow Form that we have available ($6.99
+s/h). Then we knit various covers that could be slid on the pillow
to have a different temporary look. The covers were done in lace,
knitweave, tuck, or other styles. The next issue of the ROCKING HORSE
NEWS will contain pictures and instructions for this project.
6) ROCKING HORSE NEWS
The Summer 2008 issue is being completed as I write this. I expect it
to arrive in mailboxes around the 4th of July. Some features include:
Seasonal Pillow Concepts, details about our special THINK GREEN
contest, a dress shawl on the standard gauge knitting machine, tech
tip, embroidery corner, and more.
There is still time to renew your subscription before the increase.
Renew now at $12 for 2 years before the new rate of $15.95/2 years
takes effect. This is the first increase since 1995, but I still feel
that the patterns and info inside each issue more than pay for the
7) TRAVEL PLANS
Remember to keep Rocking Horse Farm in your travel plans. We have had
many visitors this summer from far away places... we are easy to find
on major highways and Amtrak. There is plenty inside and outside for
the spouse to look at, too... and the coffee pot is always on. In
fact, we even have a new gourmet Coffee and Tea station!
Lately when I tell people about our Camps and Seminars I hear people
worry about the cost or pollution effects of travel. Yes, I also have
the same concerns and financial strain but I believe that there are
still some things worth traveling for, and taking a few days for
yourself by attending one of our events is definitely a good thing.
8) SEPTEMBER SEMINAR
We are so excited about this year's SEPTEMBER SEMINAR, we want to
shout it to the world. Registration forms are available in the
ROCKING HORSE NEWS or in the "FILES" section of this Yahoo Group.
Stay tuned for frequent updates about classes and seminar events!
September 18-20, 2008
Demonstrators, Contest, Banquet, Style Show, Knitting Lounge, and
Demonstrators include: Marcia Hauser, Ileen Levy, Carole Wurst, Joyce
Anderson, Shawn Dolan (repair and maintenance), Skip Grettum (basic
beginner classes & more), Jan Ebner (Wagon Wheel Rag Rugs), Sharon
Rassier (round sock machines & spinning), Machine Embroidery
sessions, Passap demonstrators, and others to be announced shortly.
9) THINK GREEN CONTEST
Don't forget about our THINK GREEN contest!
-best use of 100% natural or organic yarn or fiber
-best combination of natural or organic and acrylic yarn or fiber
-best re-use of unraveled yarn
-best re-use of garment or knitted item
-best reworking of antique or vintage pattern
-best item made using antique or vintage equipment
Contest open to all 2008 September Seminar attendees who
bring contest items. No advance entry needed.
Rocking Horse News subscribers who cannot attend the
September Seminar but want to participate can send their item with a
$10 Entry Fee before September 5, 2008. The $10 fee will be used for
return shipping. (Rocking Horse Farm cannot be responsible for
insurance or items lost or damaged in the mail.)
All entries will be on display at September Seminar 2008,
September 18-20, 2008 at Rocking Horse Farm Event Center in Saint
Cloud, Minnesota. Prize winners will be announced on Saturday of the
1) ROCKING HORSE NEWS - NEW TANK TOP PATTERN 2) HANDKNITTING HINT FOR FAIRISLE 3) UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROCKING HORSE FARM 4) ERLBACHER GEARHART SOCK MACHINE NEWSMessage 1 of 2 , Jun 1, 2011View Source1) ROCKING HORSE NEWS - NEW TANK TOP PATTERN
2) HANDKNITTING HINT FOR FAIRISLE
3) UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROCKING HORSE FARM
4) ERLBACHER GEARHART SOCK MACHINE NEWS
5) NEW RAVELRY GROUP
6) EDUCATION FOR PASSAP KNITTERS
7) SOCK YARN DYED WITH WILTON FOOD PASTE
8) HEALTH BENEFITS OF KNITTING
1) ROCKING HORSE NEWS - NEW TANK TOP PATTERN AND MORE
We are currently working on the Summer Issue and hope to mail it soon. The new patterns will be an updated version of a machine knit tank top, styled for today. Also, a Swallowtail Shawl and an article about socks on knitting machines.
Subscribe for $8.95/1 year or $15.95/2 years (US addresses).
2) UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROCKING HORSE FARM
*We host several monthly clubs and classes, and other annual events at our store. Check the ROCKING HORSE NEWS for a full calendar*
Machine Embroidery Club, first Saturday of each month, 10am (free, all invited) Next: June 4th
Knit Club, first Saturday of each month, 1:30pm (free, all invited)
Demonstration, Show and Tell, refreshments. Next: June 4th. Demonstration by Carole: "Summer Cotton Knits"
Fiber Friends, third Tuesday 6-9pm (knit/crochet/spin/felt/etc.) is off for the summer.
Knitting Camp at Rocking Horse Farm (registration form in "files" section of this yahoo group and on Facebook page) - July 21-23
September Seminar with Marcia Hauser & Other Demonstrators at Rocking Horse Farm (registration form in "files" section of this yahoo group and on Facebook page) - September 15-17, 2011
3) ERLBACHER GEARHART SOCK MACHINE
The completion date for the new Erlbacher Gearhart sock machines is fast approaching. We expect to ship the first pre-ordered machines at the end of this month.
Several people tried the machine at the Sock Machine gathering here in May. The machine has completed several pairs of Hemmed Top Socks and a pair of socks using an old 1924 ribber.
Contact us for information and pricing on these new machines, or check our Facebook page for pics, info and links to the company.
*Also: Peewee Erlbacher says he is planning to attend the September Seminar this year. Don't miss the opportunity to come and meet the man to engineer and manufacture the first knitting machines in America for many decades!
4) NEW RAVELRY GROUP
Ravelry is an online community of knitters, crocheters and fiber enthusiasts who want to meet new friends and share ideas.
Rocking Horse Farm now has a RAVELRY group! Join today to hear about the latest fiber adventures from Rocking Horse Farm. We also plan to post pictures of recent projects and new patterns.
Don't worry, this Yahoo Group won't be going away... but we want to reach out to new friends at Ravelry, too.
Find our Ravelry group here:
(You will be asked to make a ravelry profile if you aren't already a member of the ravelry.com site!)
5) HANDKNITTING HINT FOR FAIRISLE
(The following idea is shared by the makers of THE KNIT KIT, a handy set of knitting tools for travel, $21.95 +s/h)
Cool idea for multicolored handknitting (Fair Isle)-
Using either circular or double-pointed needles, work across the row, knitting every stitch in color A and slipping as if to purl every stitch that is in color B. At the end of the row and without turning, slide the stitches back to the right side needle, pick up color B, work every slipped stitch in B, slipping the already worked stitches in A. If you are working in the round, simply work all of A, then work a second round of B. It seems to be speedier, but try it and let me know!
6) EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PASSAP KNITTERS
Owners of Passap knitting machines may want to check out this site. It proclaims "Insider secrets to learning the Passap Knitting Machine." It was advertised at the recent Pacifically Passap seminar.
There is a place to enter your email address to "Get your free mini-course on how to start using your Passap knitting machine with success."
The website author is Marjorie McDonald, a knitwear designer. Her website states: "The learning curve is a bit steep, but certainly doable so I want to encourage you to stay with it until you get to the breakthrough moments and gain the confidence to know you can tackle this marvelous machine. I will be taking you through a simple set of steps so you understand what the Passap language is, how you learn it and in what order you need to put the steps."
It sounds like a good site, if anyone signs up for the course let us know what you think.
*Don't forget that we always have Passap classes at September Seminar. Stay tuned for details about this year's topics.
Wilton Food Paste can be used to dye sock yarn. This was demonstrated recently by Barb Endler at the Finger Lakes Knitting Seminar in Cortland, New York.
Carole dyed some sock blanks in the kitchen at Rocking Horse Farm recently, and we posted a photo story on our Facebook page:
8)ARTICLE ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF KNITTING & CROCHET
This was shared by one of our handknitting pattern suppliers, from an article by a knitting teacher.
""Crafting has both mental and physical health benefits. Two crafts that have health benefits are knitting and crocheting. Research has shown that the repetitive actions needed in these crafts relaxes the mind and body. During crafting, brainwave patterns change to produce a higher Alpha-waves. This calming effect is similar to the effects of yoga, meditation and Tai Chi. This calm state combined with the intense focus required of reading patterns, diverts the brain's attention from chronic pain, thereby producing a calm state.
Knitting and crocheting also enhance one's ability to concentrate and retain information because it engages both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously. People who suffer from attention deficiency are said to be right brained, therefore knitting's simultaneous engagement of both hemispheres of the brain improves their learning abilities.
Knitting helps people to cope with pain and stress, such as post-traumatic stress, stress associated with grief, work and chronic illness. When people learn new skills, the brain focuses on the task at hand thereby diverting one's attention from the pain and stress that one is experiencing. It also serves as a perfect pastime for those recovering from illnesses such as cancer.
Knitting and crocheting helps to keep the fingers limb for patients suffering from arthritis and also wards off Alzheimer's disease. Research, at the Harvard Medical School, has shown that knitting has therapeutic benefits. The research results indicate that when an individual is knitting, the heart rate and blood pressure drops. This is beneficial to those with anxiety, hypertension, heart disease and depression."