BIG NEWS FOR ALL OF YOU DYERS OUT THERE —  i am happy to bring Natalie Redding to the ‘burgh to teach a dyeing class.  most people know who Natalie is but for those of you who don’t, check out her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/namaste.farms?fref=nf         natalie is known world wide for her amazing dyed locks, fleeces, and handspan yarns.  she raises over 100 sheep and goats which she shears HERSELF and has developed her own method of dyeing extremely vibrant colors.  taking a class in person is a rare opportunity!

she even gave me a shout out on the page to alert folks in this area.  the class size is limited to twenty so it will go FAST.  it all came up last minute, so that’s why there wasn’t a lot of time to plan but we got it together:  sunday june 4 from 10 to 4 at the SCC in the strip district.  cost of the class is $200 and includes dyes and fiber.  you need to bring a butane burner and one can of butane.  when you contact me to sign up, i can give you the particulars but for now, if you or anyone you know is interested, best get signed up soon because i don’t think the spaces will be available long.  we’re very lucky to have someone of natalie’s caliber here to teach her methods.

i am so absolutely thrilled about this opportunity that i can hardly think of anything else!  contact me via this website contact page, email me at toni9399@comcast.net or call/text me at 724 600 5550.


Briefly, On to other business at hand:

May’s yarn of the month is meadow croft dye-works new yarn called moon lorn.  it is 100% SW merino produced 100% in the USA.  a skein contains a generous 425 yards of fingering weight yarn in meadow croft’s fabulous color ways and retails for $22.

moon lorn

also new for may are some porcelain vintage buttons as well as some handmade stitch markers, including stitch markers for those of you who love to drink tea!


thanks to everyone who came to the raggz fiber affair and wool market.  every market gets better and better with more great customers and new vendors as well!  we had so much fun and we’re all looking forward to the next one on october 21st.  here are a couple of photos of carol churches and myself having a blast.

carol was drop spinning some gorgeous roving from shirsty cat fibers
thanks denise dalby for taking a photo of me taking a spin on the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcycle!


check out the classes and events page for more info on updated classes.  yes, i’m sorry – i’m still working on a schedule.

KUMIHIMO – saturday may 10 from 2 to 5

KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY – saturday june 10 – noon to 3  –  join us at My Sister’s Bistro – a locally owned restaurant located at the intersection of routes 22 and 819, 3 miles north of my shop.

POLYMER CLAY BEADS – saturday july 15  from 2 to 4 – this will be a make and take type workshop as opposed to a class format.  the instructor will show us how to make fun beads and will have some for sale as well – perfect for jewelry or stitch markers.

STEEL VALLEY YARN CRAWL – july 28 through august 8

WET BLOCKING – saturday october 14 from 2 to 4.  learn the right way to wet block your wonderful handmade items.


we got all of our sheep sheared last week and i’m working on cleaning and dyeing some fleeces – it’s quite a job when you do it yourself.  one of our hens hatched three peeps AND we had two lambs born since shearing time.  will post pictures when and if the weather clears up.

shearing 2
heidi was the first to get done. how dirty she is!
this is jack. look how black his roots are. wish the entire fleece were that color!


dusty tree
rebecca hilko shepler’s adorable sons holding one month old twins. they named them Zane and Shawn


i want to give a little shout out to a knitting guild i belong to with a great bunch of ladies.  it’s called the Pittsburgh East Knitting Guild and meets the 4th wednesday of the month at the Monroeville Public Library at 6:30.  if you are interested in knitting with some nice folks, the next meeting is wednesday may 24th.  stop by and check us out.  a nicer group of ladies you won’t find anywhere!


that’s all for now folks!  thanks again for your support and happy mother’s day to all you moms out there!  tell your kids to leave the flowers for the bees and buy yarn instead!



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