happy mid october to you all – enjoy those beautiful bursts of color coming from the sugar maples!  this photo was taken in portland oregon:

its hard to believe that ligonier country market is over but it does give me time to relax and not have that deadline looming over me.  unfortunately, though, i am a deadline-oriented person, as i love to work under pressure (yes a procrastinator).  i am happy that i have several classes running at the shop between now and mid november and am looking forward to trying some new wet felting techniques.  i am working towards an open house in murrysville on november 7 and 8 as well as the ligonier market christmas show on november 30th.  more details on both in the next newsletter.

i am lucky enough to be included in a trip out to stramba farm this thursday to do a felting play date with barb grossman (pittsburgh knit and crochet founder) and a group of girls who belong to the greater pittsburgh fiber art guild to play with the huge felting machine.  we will be making centerpieces for the upcoming pgh knit and crochet show in march.  i’ve always wanted to see how these huge needle felting machines work so i am very much looking forward to learning and creating.  (pictures next time)

my last program at seton hill was fun – 
rhonda pegg showed me how to marbelize with shaving 
cream and fabric paint, so away i went.  the ladies did 
some gorgeous prints.  we then marbelized a mat to 
frame their favorite print in.  it was so much fun.  
i am thinking of trying it with fabric!

this is evelyn with her creation.  she’s always so


wet felted bowl class:

tomorrow (wednesday october 16) will be the first of two wet felted bowl classes.  i have eight signed up so far but only four paid, so there may be room for one or two more if you’re interested. 

dottie’s beaded pendant class with branch fringe:

re-scheduled for thursday october 31st at 11:00 a.m.  still room for one or two more here.

sock class:

laura mcguire’s sock class begins thursday october 31st at 7 p.m. and continues for three consecutive weeks.  sorry for the upside down photo!

snowman purse class:

this class begins on wednesdays november 6 at 1 p.m. and runs for three consecutive wednesdays.

*see the website for photos and details on each of the classes.

what’s new?

JUL – some beautiful new shawl pins
JESSE JAMES BEADS – i have ordered an array of some beautiful beads to be worked in with knitting, crocheting, and felting
BROWN SHEEP – more seconds yarn in many colors and weights from worsted to bulky in orange, cream, sun yellow, turquoise, oregano, dark mahogany, and feather gold.  also some new variegated lambs pride worsted (the yarn i use for the sunburst placemats) in eucalyptus leaf, grassy knoll, forest shadows, tormented teal, elderberry wine, blue skyways, wine splash, dreamy night, and silver streaks.*

*the mill has increased their prices somewhat, so that increase is reflected at the shop as well (but you still wont get them for this good a price)

i have made three more of the sunburst placemats using the cranberry swirl (the color beth used) and another periwinkle.  i plan on using several of the new variegated colors to make several more for my upcoming christmas shows. they are very enjoyable to make and i’ve done enough of them now, i rarely have to look at the pattern.

where’s raggz?  

friday october 25 i will be at the mill house coffee shop in johnstown so please note that i will be closing at 2 p.m. that friday.  this coffee shop is relatively new to the area and features local artists each friday evening.

schedule of upcoming events:

wednesday october 16 close knit girls at panera 6-8
friday october 18 there will be a lunar eclipse
friday october 18 shop open 10-6
tuesday october 22 knitters anonymous at the shop 1-7
thursday october 24 purlin girls at noon at the bean
friday october 25 shop open 10-2* NOTE EARLY CLOSING TIME

ever wonder how to use that lovely pagewood farm garden party yarn (or any other artsy fartsy yarn that is usually a little more costly)?  check out this shawl that eugenia knitted.  she added a row of garden party here and there and was able to stretch that yarn out to make three shawls.  the body of the yarn can be knitted in anything else really but these flowers make a lovely statement.  this cuts down on the individual cost for each shawl as well.

maia’s mother in law, roz, has been working on a little 
coverlet for her great granddaughter.  roz has been here visiting 
from florida and knitted this coverlet with crystal palace yarns – cuddles for the body and rave for the ribbony stripes and outside trim.  
it still needs to be blocked.  she was very proud of her 
accomplishment and anxious to see penelope bundled 
up in it.

happy october birthday shout out to  lougene w, diane m, deb s, mary l, and alicia!  dont forget to come to the shop to get your $5 off birthday certificate!!

hope to see you all soon!
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