Sunday, January 30, 2011

*Knitting Show RI*
Had fun in RI last weekend at the Slater Mill Knitting Retreat (see below) . what a beautiful space! Met a lot of cool knitters & vendors and generally enjoyed myself talking about all things knitty. Too bad its over 3 hours from NYC, I would love to take a class there...

*RAFFLE*
Today is the last day to enter the January raffle, to win a skein of "Painterly" thick and thin bulky 100% Merino. The winner will be announced tomorrow! go to my website http://www.swoonfibersshop.com/ and click on "raffle". The website is under renovation and will be finished soon, in the meantime the raffle page is up and working.

*Newsletter*
I will be sending out a mini newsletter soon, full of goodies and coupon codes.

*New Year, New Yarns...*
I'll be offering sale yarns on Etsy to move out a few things to make room for the new! I will be discontinuing "Kitten Paws" and doing more colors in my washable Merino worsted from Italy "H2Wool"Also I am reworking the "Ruffled Scarf Kit" in this yarn. See Etsy for deep discounts in the "Kitten Paws". (The yarn combo in the ruffled scarf kit was very hard to dye consistantly, so I will be using "Cozy Toes" for the ruffle part and "H2Wool" for the body)
Also offering soon: new colors in : " Love Birds"worsted merino : Jasmine Rose-a soft dusty pink, Infusion-pale watery soft green, and Taro-a soft darkish purple. These are the new additions to the already popular Seaglass, Woodrose, Winesap & Denim.

*Dye Issues*
I have heard from 2 customers about a problem with my "Pearls" yarn. Apparently in the blue and blue-greens the dye comes off on ones hands. I am still awaiting Dharma Tradings' (where i get my dyes)dye expert to get back to me but they have assured me that they will. (one customer suggested soaking in salt to pull out the dye!) stay tuned....
ps: the "Pearls" baby alpaca/silk is the only yarn where this issue has appeared, all others are not doing this...and its also only in the blue...go figure.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Slater Mill Knitting Weekend in Pawtucket Rhode Island!

This coming weekend is the "3rd Annual Knitting Weekend" in Pawtucket RI,

http://www.slatermill.org/event/248
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!

2011 KNITTING WEEKEND MARKETPLACE

Saturday, January 22nd 10AM-6PM

Sunday, January 23rd 10AM-5PM

Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket, RI

List of vendors:

Swoon Fibers: http://www.swoonfiberspremiumyarns.com/

Angora & Worms : http://www.angoraandworms.com/index.htm

Yarns Over Tuscany : http://www.gomitoli.com/

We Got the Buttons: http://www.wegotthebuttons.com/

Fresh Purls: http://www.freshpurls.com/

Play at Life Fibers: http://www.etsy.com/shop/playatlifefiberarts

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

http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Knits-Timeless-Knitwear/dp/1596681802


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 cgsatslatermill.typepad.com.

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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

“Susan from the upper west side of Manhattan” won the drawing for a free skein of Merino “Love Birds” today. She has chosen the color ”Winesap” . She is also a member of the Ravelry group "Downtown NY Knitters" !
Congratulations Susan!

Januarys’ Raffle will be for a skein of my new thick & thin Chunky merino yarn . To enter, go to the swoon fibers website and click on “RAFFLE”.

now you might be wondering why 2 New Yorkers won the first 2 raffles! (see the raffle page at my website) I am surprised too! The drawing is done with little
scraps



of paper in a jar, so this is purely

coincidence.

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