Embroidery and Knitting News for March 2005
- Hello friends, spring is coming. Did you finish all the winter
projects you were hoping to do? It's time to make some spring
fashions now. Dust off those pastel colors and make something nice to
dress up your kitchen or bathroom.
Our shop is involved in sponsoring the "Purls of Joy" Seminar each
year, a national seminar for knitting and embroidery. The Purls of
Joy Seminar is April 29-30, at a hotel 10 minutes north of
Minneapolis or Saint Paul. The hotel has an attached water park,
bowling lanes and event center so you can bring the family.
Registration forms are available in the "files" section of our Yahoo
group... follow the link at the bottom of this message.
Another event worth attending is SEPTEMBER SEMINAR 2005. We can
assist you with travel advice if you live away from our area.
Northwest Airlines flies directly into St. Cloud, 10 minutes away
from the Seminar site and hotel.
EMBROIDERY AND SEWING DEMONSTRATORS:
KNITTING MACHINE INSTRUCTORS:
...and more to be announced later
Downloadable/printable registration forms for SEPTEMBER SEMINAR are
in the "files" section.
If you haven't attended SEPTEMBER SEMINAR, go to our companion
website at http://home.earthlink.net/~rhfarm/ and click on "September
Seminar" to see pictures from 2004.
ROCKING HORSE NEWS:
Our print publication is ready to be mailed. In the Spring 2005 issue
(scheduled to be mailed in April, but available now) you will find
several pattern and project ideas, articles, commentary and news.
Pictures of the patterns and projects will be up at the companion
website (the website, not the yahoo group) at:
Click on "Rocking Horse News Pattern Publication" to see the
pictures. The pictures for the spring issue will be up next week when
the mailing is done.
(The Rocking Horse News is not available online, sorry.)
Did you know that Jerome has hoop cleaner available in our shop? A 4
ounce bottle is $2, 8 ounce is $3. He also has a nice stock of new
Design CD's from Buzz Tools. The special price is $39.90 (list price
$49.90) for these design collections: Colorful Clowns, Victorian
Childhood, Enchanted Rose, Snowflake Savvy, and Celestial Sensations
(sun, moon, stars, etc).
Buzz Tools also offers some Design CD's complete with project
instructions. A popular look for kitchens right now is REDWORK. The
Buzz Tools REDWORK KITCHEN cd has 20 designs and project instructions
for a variety of items. Suggested price $89.90, shop price $69.90.
HAND KNITTING NEWS:
The Lion Brand Yarn company is announcing a new pattern coming soon
for Martha's Poncho. Their announcement says this:
"After receiving the largest number of requests ever for a pattern,
Lion Brand is creating a Homespun® pattern to match the poncho that
Martha Stewart wore for her return home this week.
Our newsletter and web site next week (we're working as fast as we
can!) will feature the pattern and picture of the new poncho."
Check out their website to see the progress on this project.
MACHINE KNITTING NEWS:
We are pleased to announce that Marcia Hauser is returning to the
September Seminar this year. Marcia is a Fiber Artist and Instructor
from Long Island, New York. She has many new patterns that you can
see on her website. (There is a link to her site on the "links" page
at http://home.earthlink.net/~rhfarm/ and go to "links.") You can
order patterns direct from Marcia, or purchase them at our shop. In
particular, we sell her Book/CD called "Shapes and Things" for DAK.
Trenzi by Tamm is a great acrylic yarn for standard gauge and some
mid-gauge machines (tight tension) in many nice colors. It is on sale
for $14.40/pound cone until March 31.
Nordic by Tamm is designed for Mid gauge and Bulky machines, but can
be used on standard machines EON (every other needle). Nordic is on
sale for $12.60 until March 31.
We are now carrying Lamb's Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep yarn company,
$7.99/skein. Use for hand knitting or on the Mid-Gauge or Bulky
machines. Great for felting.
Don't forget that we have all the Ashford Spinning Wheels and
supplies to get you started in the popular (and rapidly growing)
hobby of yarn spinning. Ashford spinning wheels are great to PLY
yarn, too. We've sold spinning wheels to machine knitters who use
them only for that purpose. They create fantastic one-of-a-kind yarn
blends by plying with the wheel.
In February, our regular "Fiber Friends" class featured a session on
Wagon Wheel Rag Rugs. The rugs were so popular when shown at Knit
Club, we have decided to offer the class at the September Seminar. A
list of the supplies required to make the rug will be in the July
issue of the ROCKING HORSE NEWS.
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
"Fiber Friends" spinning and hand knitting club will meet Tuesday,
March 15th, 6-9pm. No charge, all invited.
KNIT-IN SWEATER WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 19, 9-6. Bring your machine
and knit a Sideways-Knit Sweater or other project. Regsitration form
in the "files" section.
BUZZ TOOLS EMBROIDERY EDITING: March 26th, register with Jerome at
Embroidery Club: Saturday, April 2, 10am.
Machine Knitting Club: Saturday, April 2, 1:30pm.
Carole will be teaching at the Mid America Knitting Extravaganza in
Kansas City, Missouri on April 8-9... but the store will remain open.
If you are in the Kansas City area and want to attend this fantastic
seminar, contact knitcraft@...
Machine Embroidery class on EMBIRD software: Saturday, April 16th.
The next DESIGNAKNIT SOFTWARE SEMINAR will be Saturday, May 15th.
Complete schedule and registration form in the "files" section.
Thanks for reading! Happy spring.