Sunday, June 29, 2008

Convergence 2008 Tampa Bay Part 2

Got this cute picture of Susan, Holly and the grandsons from Susan's phone yesterday. They look great! She is enjoying Convergence and not finding Florida too hot for this time of year. Not like us here at home-I am so cold that I have a sweater on today!
Susan is finding the big city fun but looking forward to being home on Wednesday. Patrick is at the shop until then-EVERY DAY until 5 o'clock so go on out to see the sheep and check out the sales.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sale at Susan's This Weekend!

Patrick asked me to let everyone know that Susan is running a sale this weekend on yarn. All single balls of yarn "odd balls" are 30% off. And buy out a color and the last ball or skein is 40% off!

He also promised me some good pictures when he brings my camera home tonight so maybe I can get pictures of the new fiber and some needles on the blog. Susan has those really nice Addi Lace Needles in sizes #1 to #5. I really like Addi Needles anyway but these lace points are VERY nice!

Knitter's Review did a review of these needles and they liked them a lot too.

We are supposed to get rained on this afternoon and into tomorrow so in between raindrops why not make the really very short drive out to Susan's and take advantage of her Odd Ball Sale? Patrick would love to have the company and will talk your arm off so be prepared!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Convergence 2008 Tampa Bay

Susan is on her way to Convergence 2008 being held in Tampa Bay, Florida this next June 22-28th. Convergence is an outstanding conference for everyone who loves and works in fiber. It is the biennial, international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA), and hosted by a committee of dedicated fiber enthusiasts. Convergence features special lectures, workshops and seminars, exhibits, tours, special events, and a commercial vendors hall full of fibers, fiber-related equipment and an artist market.

While I am unwilling and unable to drive to Florida for this conference at least one of the teachers will be teaching at The Midwest Felting Symposium later in July here in Wisconsin.

Patricia Spark is a practicing artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Author of Watercolor Felt and Making Faces, she is the editor of the North American Felters' Network, a publication for felters. At the Midwest Felting Symposium she will be teaching

  • Scandinavian Boots with a Central European Flair

  • Friday & Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (two-day course)

    The Scandinavians have a traditional method of making felt boots. Pat has tweaked this a bit to create a pattern for felt boots with and interesting top edge that is wonderful for decoration. On the second day of the workshop we will use traditional Central European folk designs to decorate our boots with needle felting. These designs will be wet felted after needling so that the boots are durable.
  • Making Faces

  • Sunday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Based on my book, Making Faces, we will use both wet and dry (needle) felting techniques to make felted faces on a felt base in this one-day workshop. We will use wet felting techniques to make the "skin" of a shape, stuff it and then build the face on the shape using felting needles. The face is designed to help the student learn the four basic strokes of needle felting.

Mark your calendars! The 2008 Midwest Felting Symposium features an international ensemble of instructors to take your felting to new heights. Come join us!
July 23-27, 2008 at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center Madison, Wisconsin

Patrick is going to be at the shop all week. They just got in some mill ends fiber called Stormy Waters (which I heard later is the name of a porn star, but we will just leave that aside). The colors are mostly blues with some white blended. I hear it is very pretty and will try to get a picture up tomorrow. It goes for $13 a pound-VERY good price.

They also got in some super wash mill ends in many colors-too many to mention and Patrick says it is great for over dyeing! This is also $13 a pound!

Stop out and see Patrick and register for the Midwest Felting Symposium at the same time!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

How Is Susan's Shop?

We have had some people express concern about the shop during all the rain and flooding. Let me tell you, the city of Columbus has had a mess as well as the other small towns around here. Patrick has been at the shop every day-Susan is at Estes Park Wool Show in Colorado. He has had to mop a couple of times and the sheep are standing in water at times too. BUT, and this is a very big but, it could have been a lot worse. A lot of people are out of their homes or have flooded roads and bridges out near them. We are very lucky! IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE!

Susan is concerned with how she will get home from Colorado as there is so much flooding in Iowa. She has planned to be home by Tuesday sometime so we will have to see how the traveling goes.

Highway 151 is open both ways so stop in and say Hi to Patrick and tell him his mom said to come see him! He would just love that!
Here is some of Susan's fiber. Makes you want to sit down a spin for a while. I may just do that as there is some golf game on today and my husband thinks that should be his Father's Day gift to watch the game all day!
Works for me...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quellon and Noro Sock Yarn

Eisaku Noro’s artistry in blending colors and fibers remains unsurpassed. Wearing a garment created with Noro yarn is like wearing a work of art. The colors are just amazing!

Fiber: 70% Wool, 30% Nylon

Yardage: 462 Stitches: 7.5

Needle size: 2

Quellon is by Araucania. Araucania Yarns are inspired by ancient Chilean crafts made from hand painted natural yarns. Michele told us: "My mother and I joined our talents and experience to create a company with the goal of introducing this traditional style to the world outside Chile. We are developing a wide range of exclusive variegated colors based entirely on the hand craft process. Each hank is different; its individual beauty emerges as the artisan blends color in the kettle to create several unique shades."

Quellon's Fiber: 82% Viscose 18% Cotton
Yardage: 161
Stitches: 4.5
Needle size: 7

Quellon is located at the south end of the great island of Chiloe. You can find the cultural expression of the ethnic group Huilliche, which with their artistic expressions, like weaves and crafts, is one of the great tourist attractions. In some of its localities the traditional techniques of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basketwork can be appreciated still today. The natural scene is one of the most beautiful, where it is possible to find animals near extinction, like the Pudu.

Sorry this picture is so dark! This is really a lovely yarn and good yardage per skein!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Hitch Hiker

Hey have you seen the Hitch Hiker spinning wheel? These cute, portable wheels are made by Merlin Tree in Vermont. Really great price for a really portable wheel. Susan also has bags available to carry them and other equipment around.

  • The Hitch Hiker is a friction drive - no drive band
  • single treadle - left or right3 bobbins and on-board lazy kate (bobbins are Ashford SD compatible)14" wheel floor to orifice - 17-1/8" - flyer is at a 45 degree angle upward

  • orifice diameter - 3/8".Standard flyer holds 4 oz bobbin optional jumbo flyer holds 10 oz bobbin

  • Standard ratios of 7:1, 9:1 and 13:119-3/4" height - airline carry-on compatible

  • 9.3 pounds

  • Hitch Hiker basic- $269

Here is another darling lamb photo!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Big Storms

Really had some big storms and continued tons of rain-just what we need. Not really!
Hope you are safe at home and not flooding or being blown away!

Here are some pictures of the new loom room and all the cones of yarn at Susan's!

Haven't heard from Susan in Indiana today but yesterday she said it was VERY warm and humid.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Finally a New Post!

Come Join Susan for the 4th Annual Hoosier Hills Fiberarts Fair!
Friday, June 6, 2008 - 12:00pm -7:00pm

Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Johnson County Fairgrounds, Franklin, IN
WHY: The affair is a celebration of all the fiberarts!
As always, our admission and parking is FREE!

Or stop in the shop-open all weekend!
Susan has been so busy at the shop and out at shows but here are just a few of the nice yarns and fibers she has gotten in recently! Here is Patrick waiting to help you. I know I am prejudiced but isn't he a cutie?

Opal's newest collection, Zirkus (Circus), is now available. Check out the 8 fun self-patterning styles that are part of this collection- get a closer look by clicking on the pic at left. Very fun and colorful collection for the price of $16.50.

Produces a subtle tweedy fleck when knitted and makes beautiful looking garments with an interesting structure. With 200 m to a 50g ball, it's excellent value for money and our DROPS pattern books provide extensive pattern support. Available in many gorgeous shades and our colour range. $7/skein

We had very high winds and a lot of rain last night. Here is how it looks around here today:

Come join us on one of the patios.