6.5.16

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today is one of those lovely lazy, rainy days perfect for cooking or baking.  i know i know – its perfect for crocheting and knitting too.  i did a little of all of the above.  NOT the perfect day for farming with all the mud, so we get a bit of a reprieve from that.  but i’ve been jonesing for some taralli’s (an italian hard type of cookie more in a donut shape) so i finally made some.  i usually buy them at ligonier country market from the italian restaurant guy there but i can’t make it out there on saturday mornings, so i have to make my own. mine aren’t as good as his, but i’m determined to keep practicing, as will be obvious on my waistline.

 

I NOW KNOW HOW TO KNIT TWO AT A TIME USING THE MAGIC LOOP!  thank you Beth Gray for a wonderful class yesterday.  six of us initially struggled to get started and i think i speak for every one of us when i say i was about ready to chuck it all and either go have dinner or break out the wine.  i’m not sure who the lunatic was who figured this out, but it is truly amazing.  if you don’t already know how to knit two of anything at a time, you MUST learn.  there’s nothing worse to me than finally finishing one sock and then realizing ‘OH no i have to make ANOTHER??”  after i finish the boot cuffs currently on my needle, i am definitely diving in head first to make a pair of socks for my daughter.

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such concentration!

 

Dotty Westervelt’s sensuous bead class was fun and much easier than the magic loop class.  we made a beautiful beaded ball with stone chips.  i liked it so much i made two more using the same method but both looking very different.  i’m not much of a jewelry person but i sincerely enjoyed this.  dotty’s next class will be a free form bracelet (photo below).  date to be announced.  dotty is an award-winning, published artist and her classes are a real treat!

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dotty and beth are both willing to hold the class again if anyone is interested.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday June 11 at the amphitheater at St Clair Park from 11 to 3 is the kick off of http://yarnbombgreensburg.org .  Susan O’Neill of Seton Hill has come up with this sweet idea, since knit the bridge was such a success.  this is obviously a much smaller scale but looks to be a lot of fun.  check out the website for more information.  my shop is a drop off point for any finished work along with several other locations.  the shop is open till 2 but i plan on closing on time and scooting over to join the fun.  the actual event will be in october.  Sue is looking for yarn donations as well as finished pieces.  i think perhaps june 11 is knit in public day too (?) so try to join sue and her gang of knitters and crocheters.

 

Sunday June 26 from 1 to 4 is the raggz spring/summer tea at the victorian lady of academy hill.  only a few tickets are available.  the cost is $30 and includes everything.  details on the classes tab on the website.

 

Youghiogheny Yarns trunk show is July 8 and 9.  Keri Fosbrink will be here in person both days to talk about her wonderful, local yarns.  not only will she be here but we will have refreshments AND a contest to name a color way EXCLUSIVE TO RAGGZ!  we will be also sharing some tips and tricks during both days.  try to join us.  this is not only MY first trunk show, but keri’s too!

20160602_141305no you can’t see what the secret color way is until the trunk show!

 

SVYC (steel valley yarn crawl) runs July 29 through August 7.  the bags are in and are for sale $10 + tax and includes your passport and tickets.  half of my bags are sold already, so hurry and get yours.

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karen and michael travelled from pittsburgh to get a SVYC bag!

 

Saturday August 27 Dye Your OWN Skeins of yarn.  Keri Fosbrink will teach us how to dye two skeins of yarns in whatever color ways we want!  see website for complete details.  please note that there was an error in the cost of the class published last month.  the cost is $50 and ALL materials are included.

 

September Stash Sale at the shop runs from the 9th through the 24th.  this is the time to get rid of YOUR stash.  check the classes/event page for complete details.

 

October 22nd is the next raggz fiber affair and wool market!

 

UPCOMING CLASSES
i’m working on a more detailed schedule but as a teaser i am planning on:  dotty westervelt’s free-form bracelet, elizabeth zimmerman’s baby surprise sweater, felted lampshade, bird pod, knittenjen’s knitted beads, feltLOOM wall art, circle weaving, and so much more.

 

tom and i are anxiously awaiting the birth of our calves.  bessie and bossy are both about ready to pop.  last year they each had a black white-face calf.  a boy named george and a girl named gloria.  we purchased them already bred.  now that we have our own bull (roy) who is a pure-bred red angus, we are hoping for at least one red calf!  i will post pictures when the event arrives.

 

remember to follow me on facebook and instagram.  thanks keri for helping me with the details!

lots of fun things coming up, so i’m hoping to see you at at least one of them!

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below is a photo of sylvia elliott’s shawl knitted with meadow croft dye works yarn color way guatamallaness.  sylvia crocheted a beautiful, ruffly edge.  isn’t it smashing?  i have just ordered more yarn from meadow croft, and this color is on its way!

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