July embroidery~knitting~spinning news! Having a hot time down on the farm...
- We are having a "hot" time at Rocking Horse Farm this summer. We have
"hot" new ideas for Knitting Camp (July 13-15) and Sewing/Embroidery
Camp (July 20-22)... We have some "hot" deals on equipment for sale
that will be anounced later this month... and we are working on
articles for the Summer Issue of the ROCKING HORSE NEWS about how to
keep cool during a "hot" summer.
Before I share this month's tips, hints and sale news, I would like
to get the "upcoming events" out of the way, so here goes:
Embroidery club meets here on Sat. July 1, 10am (free for anyone,
whether you purchased your machine here or not) ++includes special
Machine Knitting club meets here on Sat. July 1, 1:30pm (free for
anyone, whether you purchased your machine here or not) This month's
demonstration talk will be about Carole's travel experience visiting
a yarn shop in Europe, and Jason's travel experience visiting the
Amana Woolen Mills in Iowa. Come see the knit Mukluks made at the
Amana Woolen Mills.
Fiber Friends meets Tuesday, July 18 at 6pm.
Round Sock Machine Knitters meet Saturday, July 15, 10-6 (potluck)
Machine Knitting "Camp" is Thurs-Sat July 13-15
Sewing & Embroidery "Camp" is Thurs-Sat July 20-22
+++registration forms for camps are in the "files" section of the
Recently someone called us about yarn that had a mold smell. The
person purchased two cones of 100% cotton yarn, on cardboard cones.
The items were in a plastic shopping bag, left in a car over a
weekend. Something to keep in mind about hot weather and humidity is
that moisture can get trapped in plastic bags or wrapping, which can
effect any paper or fiber items the same way sun can fade things. The
problem is that it's easy to tell when sun damage is happening, but
not so easy to tell when moisture damage is happening.
My suggestion is to do a quick inventory and pay attention to the way
you store your craft items. This could mean yarns or threads wrapped
in plastic and/or on paper or cardboard centers; patterns or books
stacked in cardboard boxes on bare cement floors, or items crammed
together in storage without any space around them for circulation.
And I know there are some of you out there who have craft items
crammed in storage so the spouse doesn't find them.... haha.
NEWS FOR ANTIQUE ROUND SOCK MACHINE ENTHUSIASTS:
Donna Peters operates the website called Country Rain. She has an
excellent article about the pros and cons of buying equipment on ebay
or other online sites. I have been sending people to her page to read
this article very often lately. I believe her comments can apply to
anything purchased online, whether it is a knitting machine,
embroidery machine, or spinning wheel. Read her comments here:
Recently I've been talking with people about the history of fiber
arts. We have a small collection of pictures in our "photo" section
of historic items. Here is a great site with FREE PATTERNS of some
neat items, including a Lady's Fourteenth Century Style Knitted Hood
with Lirripipe, Fifteenth-Century Men's "Acorn" Caps, and Civil War
era items: Child's Muff, 1860, Ladies Victorian Mitts (1860s), Baby's
Victorian Boots (1860s), Knitted Winter Shawl 1864, Shell Counterpane
1860, and much more.
Find them here:
Happy knitting and sewing!