happy october everyone!  fall is definitely in the air and i am in my glory watching the leaves change, munching fresh local apples, and wrapping myself up in a sweater.  now if those darn stinkbugs would just go away, things would be perfect!

october 5 is ligonier market’s grand finale so try to come out and sample some of the wonderfulness there.  it has indeed been a very good year for me at market and i am sorry to see it all end.  but time to get busy with several christmas shows and even making a gift or two.

on sunday, september 29th, i was fortunate enough to go to the shenandoah valley fiber festival.  it was a smaller festival but full of good stuff.  i found some extremely artful handspun yarn and wonderful roving.  also met some great people along the way.  these are always a good time.  i even ran into an old fiber friend – melody weed from river ridge fiber works.  i met mel at the waynesburg fiber fest about 5 years ago and fell in love with her wonderful yarns and creative knitting.

i also came across quite a few curly mops there like me and i felt right at home.  all we had to do was look at each other and bust out laughing because only those of us who deal with hair like this understand it all!  they also had a little spinning contest there and there was a little girl no more than 8 or 9 spinning away on a spinning wheel made by a man who decided he could make one out of things he could find at a home improvement store and by golly he did!  the only part that was not from the home improvement store was the bobbin.  i should have taken a pictures.  i’ll be certain to go again next year.

WHAT’S NEW?
some new sizes in hiya hiya needles PLUS 60″ cords for those of you who are brave enough to learn the magic loop (i’m still waiting for beth to teach us).  speaking of beth, i appreciate her telling me that hiya hiya carried these accessories because i didnt even know.  i also purchased connectors for making your cords longer as well as adapters which allow you to use your small cords on the large needles.  i also stocked up on regular point protectors, panda point protectors, tape measures, safety pins, and cable stoppers.  thanks beth for the heads up.

i’ve been doing some rearranging at the shop.  the porch is no longer the sale bin.  had to make room for roving now that i am going to be getting into wet and needle felting more and teaching some classes in this.  so for now, the sale bin is in hibernation until i can find a space for it, which will most likely be upstairs.   below is a photo of just a smidge of the wonderful fibers migrating to the porch!

i am a member of the international fiber art guild, the greensburg fiber art meet up group, and the greater pittsburgh fiber art guild.  the latter has just formed a felting group and we have been meeting in pittsburgh once a month.  its been a great experience and several of the members are actually well known felters so i know i will learn a lot.  on october 17, we are heading up to stramba farm in wampum to play with her huge needle felting machine and we will be making centerpieces for the pittsburgh knit and crochet festival.  it should be a great experience and a lot of fun and i’ll keep you posted.  if any of you have an interest in wet or needle felting, you need to become a member of the greater pitt fiber art guild to join.  let me know and i will steer you in the right direction.

october 11 is i love yarn day AND its a friday so come  celebrate with us as it is also a friday and the shop will be open.  there will be special treats for the occasion.  stop by and see!

DATES TO REMEMBER
saturday october 5 LAST ligonier country market 8-noon
tuesday october 8 KA 1-7 at the shop
thursday october 10 purlin girls meet at noon at the bean
NATIONAL KNITTING WEEK!  october 14-20
shop open fridays 10-6

UPCOMING CLASSES:
wet felted bowl class at raggz wednesdays october 16 and 30 (see website for details)
NOTE:  dottie’s jewelry class on october 17 has been rescheduled – date to be announced soon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO sheila mckeever (the 11th) and karen staab (the 12th)!  have a GREAT day ladies!

til next time!

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