tax day 2013

hi everyone!
are we getting things off the needles, as we planned?  i, myself, have finished and felted my sun satchel by stephen west, which allowed me to start the brady scarf made with the kauni yarn.  so, one off and one on….. not too bad.


 



paula was the first to try the kauni yarn and the brady scarf but in a different colorway and i cant wait to see how it looks.

WHAT’S NEW AT THE SHOP?

new colors and weights of nightfall have arrived!  sport weight shawl balls arrived in cherry, deep turquois, midnight blue, and ivy; sport weight sock ball sets arrived in bengal orange and bottle green; and nightfall worsted shawl balls in olive and deep purple.  very pretty!


also new are more leather and pewter closures from JUL.


lets talk about linen for a moment:  who doesnt love the qualities of linen? it starts as a spindly, delicate flower that is stronger than it looks, is stronger when it is wet, gets softer as it ages, has hydroscopic qualities (meaning that it absorbs water quickly—keeping you cool in the summer), and is also hygienic (it resists bacteria—that’s why it was used for medical bandages until disposable bandages became the norm). i have only begun to knit with linen myself, but seasoned knitters swear by it.  new to the shop is claudia’s handpainted linen yarn in beautiful colors.  again, check out ravelry’s pages to see how others are using this wonderful fabric.

WHAT’S ON SPECIAL THIS MONTH? 
ALL accessories 10% off
ALL cotton yarns 10% off
ALL patterns and books 10% off


belated april birthday greetings to lisa stewart, susan blose, erin crust, and monte peters and happy upcoming birthday to laura tepke!
in my last blog i told you of the bowl of cherries class i was holding at the shop as a private birthday gathering of four friends?  well check out the picture below of their finished bowls and vessels. left to right:  connie with her vessel, laurel and linda with their bowl of cherries, and alice with her vessel and needle
felted flower —

each one as beautiful and as individual as their creators!

  







DATES TO REMEMBER:

thursday, april 18:  purlin girls at the bean at noon             immediately followed by their amazing stitches private class
saturday, april 20:  machine felting class 10-5 at raggz
                     there’s still time to sign up!
saturday, april 20:  storyworks radio hour to benefit the
                     murrysville community library
tuesday, april 23:  KA from 1-7 at the shop
fridays shop open 10 – 6
photos from the amazing stitches class at the shop attended by cathy and diane (pictured) as well as ardis and brigita (not pictured) – forgot to take pictures until they left!
will post pictures of their finished products soon.
the last of the babies were born on the farm.  welcome blackeyed suzy’s triplets: (the two black/brown kids are female and he reddish/tan is a male and has been named angus after my friend jackie’s grandson with beautiful red hair)
NOTE:
This year is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival’s fortieth anniversary. On May 4–5, spinners, knitters, weavers, and felters will not only have vast retail opportunities, but can also see a wide range of fiber animals and fiber arts competitions. 

very exciting news:  marlene greutter, an internationally-acclaimed felter has agreed to teach a ‘pod’ class on june 29 at raspberry hill alpaca farm.  as soon as marlene sends me a photo, i will post it, along with the cost of the class.  laura and i were in ohio taking a class at her studio two weekends ago learning her shambolic method of felting with silk and bits of wool.  

ps:  the bunnies are multiplying at the purlin girls meeting AGAIN!

remember:  i am now having unannounced specials from time to time at the shop but you must stop by to take advantage of them.  and please dont forget to check my website at raggzfiberart.com for complete information.


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