Happy Valentine's Day, knitters and fiber artists!
- Hope everyone had a wonderful day and received some nice messages from
friends or loved ones.
We had a good time at our "Winter Warm-Up" Knit In last Saturday. We
had a small group but it was perfect to make sure everyone got a lot
out of the day. Everybody seemed excited to attend our three-day
summer knitting camp.
Our Summer Sewing & Embroidery Camp is also sounding great. Barb is
working on some great projects that will be unveiled later... but here
is a hint: you will learn how to do "stained glass" with any regular
sewing machine! A great change for this camp is that everyone will pay
one flat registration fee, so even if you choose to bring your own
projects to work on as part of the group you will still receive all of
the instructions, designs and kit materials! So everybody wins, and
you are guaranteed to go home with new ideas and patterns even if you
choose to work on your own items.
In other news: At our website, I've altered the "links" page by
request. It is now easier to read and locate links quickly. There is a
wide variety of links for knitting and embroidery, and other fiber
arts such as yarn dyeing, felting, and spinning; and even links for
pages to get design ideas from other knitters and embroiderers. Our
link page is INTERACTIVE! Please add any links that are appropriate
for our craft(s).
Carole is busy working on a new knitting book written specifically for
Mid-Gauge knitting machines. This is very exciting, because there are
very few books written for these machines! The new book will be ready
in time for the PURLS OF JOY SEMINAR (knitting and embroidery seminar
in Minneapolis, Minnesota) in April. The book will be in the same
format as our very popular book for bulky knitting, THE BULKY BOOK.
Don't forget that we sell Ashford spinning wheels and products.
Ashford spinning wheels can be used for more than just spinning...
Carole uses her "Traveller" model spinning wheel by Ashford to ply
several thin yarns together for knitting. Make your own unique blends
quickly and evenly, and tell everyone they are your own exclusive
creation! The Ashford Traveller spinning wheel is shown in the new
picture on the front page of this Yahoo group. Price for an unfinished
double-treadle Traveller wheel is $395+s/h, or $465+s/h for lacquered
If you live near or are travelling to our store, you can try your hand
on our Ashford wheels free of charge. On the third Tuesday of every
month we have a free class for beginner-through-advanced spinners and
hand knitters. We call it "Fiber Friends," because everyone is always
friendly and having a great time. You might hear the laughter from
outside as you enter! Fiber Friends meets Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6-9pm
and every third Tuesday thereafter.
There is a rumor that Jan will be doing a session on Wagon Wheel Rag
Rugs again at a future Fiber Friends gathering, and also at September
Seminar 2006. We will keep everyone posted.
If you are into knitting, crochet or felting, don't forget that we
have a complete stock of LAMB's PRIDE skein wool. Our regular every-
day price is $7.99 per skein, a discount from the suggested price of
$12 or up. The colors are fantastic and we stock both weights: worsted
size and bulky size. (Bulky is the thickest). This stuff is S-O-F-T.
Many felting patterns ask for it, too.
EMBROIDERY MACHINE owners: If you missed Jerome Jensen's class on
Embroidery on Paper, check out some of the pictures showing the gold
butterfly on a greeting card. All sorts of greeting cards are
available here, in packets with envelopes ready for your fantastic
embroidery designs. Each packet has the website listed that shows the
templates you can use to make designing your embroidered cards. Prices
for card packs range from $7 and up.
UPDATE ON FRED: Carole's husband Fred is doing better after surgery.
He is starting to spend more time at the store, although some days are
still a little rocky. Thanks for your good wishes!
Happy knitting and sewing.