8.12.15

P H E W!  what an experience the steel valley yarn crawl was!  a few days of absolute terror followed by ten days of fun, meeting lots of wonderful fiber people!  thanks to all of you who participated and who took the time to find my shop.

the winners of my three raffle baskets have been contacted.  they are:  marilyn wheatley, carol sullivan, and beth gray.  congratulations ladies – the baskets contain over $400 worth of yarn, books, accessories, needles, patterns, etc.  thanks to all of our sponsors who donated items and a HUGE thank you to all of my wonderful friends who volunteered their time for the duration!!!

WHAT’S NEW?

where do i start?  ok let’s start with the newest yarns.  at the present time, i carry a small line of tahki stacy charles.  they are all lovely but the yarns that stand out are the sparkly ones with tiny sequins – perfect for the upcoming holidays.  Crystal is made of poly and cotton and has a generous 144 yards and can be knit on a size 2 to a 7!  Starlux is a sparkly copper yarn made in Italy.  it is polyester and one ball has 382 yards!  either would be gorgeous knitted alone or along with another fiber.  Hudson is 2 yarns in one ball, which makes an adorable hat.  Flirt is another new novelty yarn with some nubs every so often.  i plan on getting a sample made up soon.  Adele is a gorgeous combo fiber with silver threads and multi colored sequins.  to die for!

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CALLING ALL GRANDMAS!  Wendy & Peter Pan yarns straight from the UK produce some adorable baby and kids yarns.  you will definitely want to wrap your baby up in the new Cupcake yarn.  it is machine wash, cool tumble dry, made of 50% acrylic/50%nylon.  so soft to the touch.  they also make a scarf kit called ‘4-legged friends’.  believe it or not, it comes with a skein of yarn to make a scarf and an animal already knitted up that you just put on the ends of the scarf.  i ordered 8 to try them out and they flew off the shelf during the yarn crawl.  only this lonely hot pink lambie pie left but more on the way.  dogs, lambs, monkeys, and kittens.  they should be here soon.  Roan fusion is a wonderful multi-colored sock yarn that gives a tweedy-stripe and looks really stylish knitted up.

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Stramba farm located in wampum, pa is another new yarn i am proud to carry, as it is locally owned.  terry stramba, owner, raises alpacas and has a fiber mill and makes wonderful roving, batts, and yarns.  terry is also now a representative of the feltLOOM, one of which i own.  most of what i had from terry was bulkier and almost all of it sold during the crawl.  there are a few left but i plan on getting more from her.  the bulkier yarns knit up quickly and make a perfect, soft cowl for the colder weather.  yes i know we’ve hardly had a summer but colder weather is coming, you know!

LAST but not least, i am going to be carrying LOOM silk yarns.  these amazing yarns are new and look so unique when knitted up, especially slubby Risoni.  just wait til you see it knitted up.  Speck has some cotton mixed in and gives a speckled look, and Fusilli-80 is gorgeous as well.  i will be carrying kits, which are on their way.  the kit will contain a skein of each of these lovelies plus a pattern called the shifting silk scarf.  i hate to keep reminding you of the impending holiday season, but it will be here before you know it.

CLASSES, CLASSES, CLASSES

finally bit the bullet and got some classes scheduled.  below will be a brief listing but soon the complete listing will be on my web page.  i’ve just been trained on how to update my website myself, so please be patient.

BASIC KNITTING:  tuesdays 9/15, 22, 29, and 10/6     10 to 12      $50    kits will be available if needed

ON AGAIN / OFF AGAIN:  saturday 9/26 from 2 to 4   $15    learn several ways to cast on and off

ALPACA FINGERLESS MITTS:  thursdays 10/8, 15, and 22   1 to 4    $50 includes yarn and pattern

DIY MODEL MAKING:  kitty spangler teaches how to make a bust or a head to display your handiwork or jewelry.  sunday 10/11 from 10 to 4    $40 includes all materials

BASIC FULLING:  tuesdays 10/13, 20, 27, and 11/3     10 to 12    $50    learn to full your knitting

FELTLOOM LANDSCAPE:  monday 10/26   1 to 4   $50 includes all materials.  come play with the feltLOOM!

FELT FLOWERS:  wednesday 11/11    1 to 3   $40 includes all materials

SNOWMAN PURSE:  thursdays 11/12, 19, and 12/3     1 to 4   $50 includes yarn and pattern

DROP STITCH COWL:  mondays 11/16 and 23     1 to 3   $40 includes yarn and pattern

NOT yet scheduled will be jewelry classes taught by alisa barnhart and dotty westerveld and a few others so stay tuned.

as always, advance registration and payment is required.  contact me to sign up.  some day i will learn how to put a ‘pay now’ button on my website (don’t hold your breath).

PLEASE NOTE that i will NOT be open this saturday, august 15, as i will be at ligonier country market.  my regular hours will resume until august 25th, at which time i am flying to colorado to visit my darling daughter.  i will return on labor day weekend, so the shop will re-open tuesday, 9/8.  i have not flown in over 30 years and am a little tense about it.  i am used to driving to colorado but, as my daughter so aptly reminded me, ‘mom in 3 hours you will be here and if you were driving, you would still be in ohio!!’  and i know she is right so off i will go!

i am very excited to announce RaggZ will be hosting a knitting / christmas tea at the Victorian Lady of Academy Hill in greensburg on sunday november 29th.  i am still working out the details but space is limited so consider joining us.  tickets will be available through my shop.  we will have a little fashion show and there will be door prizes as well.  we’re also thinking of having a silly hat contest!

the farm is doing well now that the rain has finally stopped.  fewer babies this year but that’s ok.   we have been busy putting a new roof on the outside addition and trying to put some drainage areas in, as we were so flooded during that rainy month, we had frogs and tadpoles!!!  george and gloria (our calves) are getting very big and at the end of the month (probably while i am away – HOPEFULLY while i am away) we are getting a bull!  he is 6 years old and is a red angus and his name is joe!  i haven’t met him in person yet but saw some photos.  his neck is huge!  we were looking for a bull who is fairly tame and he seems to fit the bill.  the picture i saw of him has him standing around the cows and this year’s babies.  (lets just hope the photos weren’t photoshopped).  but tom did see him in person and he said he comes when you call him, so this should be an experience.

 

’nuff said….

 

 

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