Sunday, January 16, 2011

Slater Mill Knitting Weekend in Pawtucket Rhode Island!

This coming weekend is the "3rd Annual Knitting Weekend" in Pawtucket RI,
I will be there with my yarns, as well as:

Knitting Weekend Marketplace Vendors

One of the best things about the upcoming Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill is that the Marketplace is now going to run for TWO days instead of just one! Twice as much time to browse and plan purchases!


Saturday, January 22nd 10AM-6PM

Sunday, January 23rd 10AM-5PM

Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket, RI

List of vendors:

Swoon Fibers:

Angora & Worms :

Yarns Over Tuscany :

We Got the Buttons:

Fresh Purls:

Play at Life Fibers:

Thistledown Yarns: Knitted & Felted earflap cap kits, original designs, knitted yoke wool sweaters, hand painted wool yarn

Pretty Useful Things: Independent Co-op selling knitted jewelry, bags and stitch markers

Island Fiber Co-Op: Independent artists selling handmade sock blockers and repurposed, rescued wool.

And the authors of New England Knits will be in the marketplace signing their very popular book!

Cecily Glowik MacDonald & Melissa LaBarre: BOOK SIGNING IS SATURDAY ONLY

Saturday and Sunday offer a range of classes for knitters of all levels:

Courtesy of The Shetland Trader; Gudrun Johnston, artist.
  • Gudrun Johnston will be offering two classes: The Aestlight Shawl which focuses on traditional shawl making techniques from the Shetland Isles and Short Row Sleeve Cap, covering the basics of a seamless set in sleeve.
  • Hand knitting designer Mary Jane Mucklestone returns to the Mill this year after a trip to Peru, with offerings of Andean Knitting techniques and an exploration of Color in Fair Isle.
  • Fiber artist Adrienne Sloane invites you to try your hand at Knitting with Wire, while local designer Helen Bingham will guide you through the process of Designing Your Own Hat.
  • For the brave hearted, Cheryl Burke, who has designs published in the online knitting magazine Twist Collective, offers Fearless Steeking, a method of uninterrupted knitting in the round, sewing and cutting to allow for sleeves or a cardigan.
  • Designer Gina House, of Sleepy Eyes Knits, will be teaching a class in her popular Amanda Hat and treating us to a session of KnitStretch Yoga.
  • For those of you ready to expand your love of fiber arts to another craft, RI Spinning Guild member Beth Fitzpatrick will be offering a workshop in Drop Spindle for Knitters.

Hotel rooms will be offered at a Knitting Weekend discount at the nearby Comfort Inn for those who wish to avoid commuting. To download the brochure or to register using PayPal, please visit our blog at

For more information please contact Bernadette Vaughan at 401-725-8638 ext. 108 or


ECBean28 said...

I bought a skein of Pearls today at Slater Mill and can't keep my hands off of it!! Started working with it already. Thank you!

The dye bleeds a little onto my fingers as I knit- is this common?

Love love love this yarn!

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Valerie said...

I purchased Pearls yarn from Swoonfibers at the Slater Mill Retreat.Unfortunately when I began knitting the dyes were showing up on my fingers. I contacted Alida by phone and she told me another knitter had encoutered the same problem with this yarn...she immediately offered me my money back with return of the yarn,I had alreday began a project and loved it. She and I worked out an amicable solution and a resolve to stop the yarn from bleeding the dye. Now that is Good Customer Service..I will happily shop again with Swoonfibers.

Valerie, RI

alida said...

After playing phone tag for a week, I finally had a conversation with Dharma Tradings’ dye expert. She says that sometimes certain colors need more ‘persuasion’ than other colors to bond with the fiber. She recommends washing well with Dawn or Synthrapol (available at dye houses) to remove the excess, and simmering in a mild vinegar solution to fix any stubborn dye usually does the trick.
(Since I only use acid dyes with my yarns this works. For other types of dyes this probably will not work) 2 people who encountered this issue with my yarn (in some blue shades only) .
Going forward I am watching carefully to make sure this doesn’t happen again!

alida said...

A little more research and i have found that too much acid can cause the dye to "break" and i am thinking that is what happened here. It then needed to be fixed with a mild acid solution to fix it to the fibers again.
Thanks for your kind words valerie...

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