Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank You! Dyeing Classes! New Products!

Wow, what a summer! It's been super busy. Thank you to everyone who has visited me at the Fiber Festival at Castle Farms and Michigan Fiber Festival. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and patronage! It's been wonderful to meet you all and talk fiber! Let's spread around more thanks to the organizers of the Fiber Arts Festival at Castle Farms and Michigan Fiber Fest for hosting such amazing fiber events.

Thank you as well to everyone who participated in my dyeing classes this summer at City Knitting! I had a great time working with you all. Friday's advanced dyeing day was inspirational, and hopefully you all learned a lot! I was very inspired by everyone's color ideas. The beginner's class on Saturday was great, too. Thank you to Gail, Lori, and Deb for participating and letting me teach you. I hope you've been able to continue to explore color!

If you are interested in dyeing and don't want to make a mess at your house, look no further for a venue. City Knitting has scheduled two dyeing days with a total of three classes on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. Friday's class is Beginning Dyeing, all day (will update the precise times later...) in which you will learn about safety, mixing dye powder into stock solution, application, etc. Then on Saturday, there will be two sessions of Dyeing Fun, in which people with previous dyeing experience can come and use my dyes and equipment to experiment with dye on a variety of materials of their choice - sock blanks anyone???

These classes are fabulous opportunities to learn about dyeing, color mixing and theory, and most importantly to stretch your creative wings and fly out of the class with gorgeous fibers that you have colored with your own hands! Materials requirements and times will be posted on the City Knitting website soon!

The sock knitting bug is still going strong, and I can't wait to attend the Cookie A. class next month. If you are looking for a new and different put-up of sock yarn, look no further than City Knitting. I just dropped off 35 dyed sock flats in a variety of colors. These 4-ounce, 434 yard flats are a combination of Merino Superwash, Bamboo, and Nylon. They are soft, lofty, and have lots of yardage for even the most intricate of patterns. They are knitted together with two strands so you can knit two sock together or knit from the flat and wind up the second strand for the second sock. I will be working on some guidelines with pictures to post soon. And pictures. I will eventually take some pictures.

Upcoming Shows
September 26-27 - Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool, Ogemaw County Faigrounds, near West Branch, MI. This is the most beautiful fairgrounds, ever, and super friendly people organizing and attending. Come and enjoy the color changes and shop for gorgeous fiber. Remember, wool is insulating and it's going to be a cold, long winter.

Saturday, October 4, YarnCon - Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, Chicago, IL. Wow, am I excited to be in this show!

October 25th and 26th - Fiber Expo at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Saline, MI. This festival has a great list of classes and a tremendous variety of vendors! There's something for everyone! Hope to see you there!

Coming soon, information on new fibers and new locations for purchasing Yarn Hollow yarn, kits, and fibers!

Thanks for reading everyone! XO,