Westward Ho!!! July 28, 2012

first and foremost, i will be in colorado visiting my darling daughter from monday, august 30 through approximately august 12, so the shop will be closed during this time; thus this newsletter will be short and sweet. if anyone has anything they would like me to bring back, just email me and i would be happy to do it.  colorado liquor stores sell many different kinds of beer from all over the world, so if you have a beer lover in your midst, i would be happy to look for some oddball beer for you.  don’t hesitate to ask!
if you have not visited the Greensburg Art Center, August is the time.  they are holding their community art celebration the first 3 weekends in august (august 4 and 5; august 11 and 12; and august 18 and 19).  workshops from 10 to 4 and activities from 11 to 3. demonstrations on everything from painting, fabric flowers, etched glass, cooking demos, recycled jewelry, music and food.  they are a well-kept secret but are trying their best to get word out that they are there. my friend, cathy rosensteel comes to RaggZ to knit but is also a painter, jewelry maker, and paints on silk scarves (among other things) is a board member and she is always telling me about the center.  most of you have passed their location, just off of route 30 (exit before the mall heading east).  you may have noticed the tubes of paint but wondered what it was all about, as i had many times.  its actually very easy to get there.  they are all local artists trying to make a go of it and the entire place is run by volunteers!  they have what they call an artist’s market where they sell items made by local artists as well.  check them out at greensburgartcenter.org for directions and more info.  i recently joined and plan on doing some volunteer work there as well as perhaps putting a few of my designs in their showcase and i encourage you to do the same.

august schedule:
purl ‘n girls:  thursdays august 9 and 23 at noon at the bean
dolly llamas:  august 16 at noon here at RaggZ
knitter’s anonymous:  tuesday august 28 at RaggZ from 1 to 5
shop hours:  fridays august 17, 24, and 31 from 10 to 5
the westmoreland county fair is august 17 – 25th.  all you genius, crafty knitters and crocheters out there should think about entering some of your fine work.  i strongly advise kim to enter that bag she made from cloth and curly yarn – its sure to win a blue ribbon!  entries must be postmarked no later than august 1st, so HURRY!  entries do not need to be delivered until august 16th so that gives you time to finish up that project.  go to westmorelandfair.com
what’s new?
a variety of funky buttons from dill buttons as well as dream yarns containing cashmere!  too many things to mention, so come out to the shop when i return and check it all out.  by that time i should be carrying some recycled sari silk yarn as well.
july’s prize was a coveted sheep mug and the winner was eugenia ship.  eugenia was here the day her name was pulled and was very excited because earlier in the day she said she wanted to buy one and i suggested she wait til the drawing.  mind you, i did not pick the name.  maia’s mother in law, roz, was here visiting from florida and i assigned her the honor of drawing a name.  eugenia has won several times this year and i assure you it is not ‘fixed’!!
speaking of roz, below is a picture of her with her free-form crocheted/knitted shawl.  she told me she never knits in florida and only knits when she comes here to visit her son and daughter in law (maia) and only then when she’s with the dolly llamas or at my shop.  this creation was knitted with Patons Canadienne and started out to be an afghan but then she decided to make it into a shawl.  before she left the shop we got her started on crocheting an edge with one strand of the patons and one strand of crystal palace fling in the exact same color ways!  roz was concerned with the somewhat irregular shape of it but we all agreed a free form shawl would be great and she absolutely beamed with pride.  just goes to show you that there is no right or wrong way to do anything!  hopefully when she finishes the edging i can get a photo of it and show it in next month’s blog.  (do not let on that i told you but roz is over 90 years old — you would never know it)
in mid august when i return, i will update you on upcoming classes and anything else i may have forgotten.  meantime have a wonderful couple of weeks.  i will miss you all and look forward to seeing you all again mid august!
eleanore roosevelt once said:  “a woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.”
love to all
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