August Newsletter

Hello Fiberlovers!

What a lovely Summer we are having. I must say, we are very fortunate in this area, as we have not had the storms and bad weather that has whirled around us, both North and South. The sky is “Carolina blue” and that is one of the dyes on my range, waiting for more yarn dyeing. Our yarn dying has been wonderful, the weather cooperated so that we could work comfortably, (if you can call 200 degree dyeing and a hot flash comfortable), but the colors are divine, bright and oh so pretty.

Personally, I’m looking forward to doing more vat dye discharge printing; I’m considering having a 3 day class in this technique, possibly in Sept., so if you are interested, stop in and let’s talk about it. I also have all the supplies for a new technique of silk dyeing that I have yet to try. I’m always excited to learn a new way to put color into silk and yarn.

In the last week I’ve had five ‘new artists’ learning how to paint on silk…two adults and two 10 yr olds. It’s been a marvelous week and the work turned out was fabulous. It gives me so much pleasure to teach this technique to those who have never done it, and help them to find a new love in their creative life. Silk painting can change your perception; once you do it, you will never see things the same again.

FYI: Peg is available for repairs on heirloom pieces, and finishing your knitting, ($15 per hour). She is also available for teaching knitting and crochet, ($35 for two hours). Just call and make an appointment. She also is a whiz with sock knitting, so if you’ve always wanted to knit socks, but are a little bit intimidated, she will help you through the process. Just call and make an appointment.

You will now find vintage Japanese fabrics that can be purchased in amounts from very small to full kimono lengths. In addition, we have kimono and obi that can be purchased whole. These garments are high quality and in excellent condition. If you have an interest in Japanese kimono and obi fabrics, we just might have what you are looking for.

Don’t forget, our sale room is marked down to 30% ALWAYS…good bargains there!

See below for class times and dates.

The yarns we are currently dyeing are:

100% Alpaca, sport weight
Superfine Alpaca Lace weight
Mohair/wool/nylon boucle
Superfine organic merino wool
Silk/merino 50-50 blend
Merino/silk 75-25 blend
Silk sport
Superwash Merino, worsted, sport, and bulky
Baby alpaca/silk blend – super soft
Kid Mohair
Cashmere blends
Superwash merino chunky
Superwash fingering
and Local yarns from Henderson and Madison Counties

…with more to come. We also offer any of our yarns that are awaiting dyeing, if you’d like some in natural white. Want to knit a special sweater with a special color? We will dye the yarn to the color that fits your needs…have something you’d like dyed, bring it in. We have ready-to-dye sock yarn from Plymouth (Happy Feet) that can be knitted and then dyed to your liking.

UPCOMING CLASSES: WHAT FUN!

KNITTING CLASSES

Are you a beginning knitter – or want to be? Already do basic knitting but
want to learn some new stitches? Are you having problems deciphering the
language of patterns? Want to learn sock knitting, or knit a simple jacket?
Call for an appointment and have one-on-one assistance at a time suited to
your schedule. Fee is $35 for two hours. 828 697-0630 Ask for Peggy.

CROCHET CLASSES

Peg is here and available for individual crochet lessons. Fee is $35 for two hours. 828 697-0630 Ask for Peggy.

YARN DYEING CLASS

AUGUST means more yarn dyeing. Check and see when we are dyeing so you may enjoy watching, or, better yet, take the class and dye yarns for yourself. Fee is $50 and purchase of your yarns (discounted for the class). It’s so much fun.

If you are interested in learning any of the following:
Yarn Dyeing
Silk Painting
Silk Dyeing
Shibori Dyeing
Vat Dye Discharge printing

I will structure a class for a minimum of three (in some cases, a maximum of three), for one, two, or three-day classes. Let’s talk about what you’d like to learn. This is also a good opportunity to have some educational fun with family members visiting you. Family classes are so much fun!

FUN AND GAMES

Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 2. This is a social knit, with lots of
laughter. Come in and meet some very talented knitters who enjoy each
others company and seeing the work of our hands. Yarn purchases are
discounted on the days you knit with us. We are a very “relaxed” shop.

You can find yarns that we carry, or can get for you, at the following
websites. If we don’t have it on the shelf, we will gladly order for you.
We also subscribe to a Skeins List, which gives us an opportunity to find
discontinued and out of date yarns as well. If it can be found, we’ll find it
– and for you who live out of town, we will gladly send it to you.

Art Yarns www.artyarns.com
Classic Elite www.classiceliteyarns.com
Muench Yarns www.muenchyarns.com
Universal Yarns www.universalyarn.com
Mountain Colors www.mountaincolors.com
Southwest Trading Co. www.soysilk.com
Berroco www.berroco.com
Dale of Norway www.dale.no
Euro and KFI www.euroyarns.com
Plymouth Yarns www.plymouthyyarns.com
S.R.Kertzer www.kertzer.com
Tahki www.tahkistaceycharles.com
The Alpaca Yarn Co. www.alpacayarnco.com
Dark Horse Yarns www.darkhorseyarns.com

We will soon have Malibrigo Yarns.

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Thank you for shopping with us. We appreciate your patronage and will do
whatever we can, to make your knitting experience more interesting and fun.
We look forward to helping you choose colors and textures for your next
project.

Sincerely,
Donna, Magdi, and Peggy