august 15 2013

my first day back at ligonier country market was a bit damp but it didnt take away from the fun reunion i had with many wonderful people i hadn’t seen in almost a year.  after grumbling about getting ready for market after my long vacation, it turned out to be so rewarding and energizing!  glad to be back!

i’m beginning to stock my shop with more roving choices, as more people are getting into needle and wet felting.  

my newest addition is some beautiful hand dyed icelandic and leicester longwool from a farm in michigan called ‘the lavender fleece’.  it is so soft and lovely and i am anxious to use it.  this lady also spins rug bumps and weaves rugs with curls!  i am on the waiting list to get a rug and i have also pre-ordered one of her icelandic fleeces which is kind of a black and white polka dot.  but i have to wait til spring for the fleece.  also in the spring i will be purchase several icelandic and leicester longwool lambs from her so i will have my own beautiful fleece.

other new rovings i added came from cedar haven farm in oregon.  hers are mostly natural colors but are lovely as well; also pagewood farm has beautiful hand-dyed roving.  come to the shop to see!

here are a few pix of some of the things i have been wet felting:  the first photo is a cat cave and the second is a gnome home.


the following three items are projects i entered into a juried art show at the greensburg art center.  dont know if any of them will make it but i will keep you posted.  it will be my first art show.  it opens september 14 (my birthday – so maybe it will be a good sign?)

i also finally got around to using my rug loom with a skein of the rug bumps from pagewood farm.  i really like it but its definitely too nice to put on the floor.

another fun project with the folks at the seton hill adult daycare.  we wet felted little wall hangings with prefelt.  i will be doing this same project with seniors at the greensburg art center on september 30th.  (note:  the lady in the front on the right is wearing her felted ball necklace we made a while back.  she is the one who refuses to take it off!)

i’ve also been busy nuno felting some scarves, as this lovely cool weather has encouraged me to!  and canning peaches and blackberries!  no spare time for me these past few weeks since i’ve been home but that’s ok.


think outside the box!

i’m always encouraging people to do this.  its ok to follow a pattern but sometimes you just need to do your own ‘thang’!!  case in point:  remember the sun satchel purse pattern?  i made the purse the first time and decided it would make better placemats, so i proceeded to make ten of them in different colors.  well on my trip i turned one of those placemats into a slouch hat and it turned out very cute.  see what you can come up with as your own!  its fun and challenging.  monte is doing that now with her one-piece vest.  she originally knitted it as the pattern suggests with berrocco bonsai yarn.  this time she is knitting it out of cascade and for added interest, she has put a yarn over pattern in it every so many rows and it is beautiful!  i’ll include a photo next month when she has completed it and before she gives it away!

chemo hats still coming in!  we received two more hats last friday and will be sending them off with laura mcguire to children’s hospital.  i’m hoping to get some photos of the kids wearing our donated hats.


wow the end of august is polluted with birthdays! BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to:  jenny helms, sally holbein, OT, jean marie chambers, pam (?), cheryl matthews, shirley taylor, mary ann mogus, and connie deemer!

dates to remember

thursday august 22nd purlin girls
tuesday august 27 KA 1-7
wednesday august 28 6-8 close knit girls
thursday august 29 1:00 dottie’s spiral bead necklace class at raggz*
wednesdays september 4 and 18 bowl of cherries class at raggz*
fridays shop open 10-6
* see website for more info

where’s raggz?  

every saturday from 8 to noon at ligonier country market
september 14 (sunday) flax scutching festival in stahlstown

dont forget my mileage contest:  

come to the shop and put your guess in the jar – how many miles did i drive on my last trip (round trip)????  the winner picks a skein of yarn from pagewood, imperial, or mountain meadow, PLUS an elizabeth zimmerman book!  hurry stop in and enter, contest is over august 31st!


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