Thursday, July 27, 2006

Newsletters.... are a great tool for keeping friends up to date with the latest news in one's life. Here's a preview of Woolbearers fall newletter. I was going to post parts of it, but think it is too interesting to tear apart.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer. Woolbearers has been extra busy this summer – creating new yarns and buying lots of new yarns.

We’ve gotten so many new yarns – I don’t know where to begin --- how about alphabetically? In case you haven’t been to the store in a while, we have...

ArtYarns, Silk Rhapsody – a silk/mohair combo. Great for shawls.

Artful Yarns has a new yarn out called Serenade. It’s an angora/cotton mix – feels like cashmere and knits at a worsted weight. We’re getting ...

Classic Elite’s new Wool Bamboo yarn – if you haven’t seen Kathy Zimmerman’s new patterns for it, you must come in. She really outdid herself this year.

Farmhouse Yarns is a fairly new hand-dye company from Connecticut. Carol Martin, the owner, has her own sheep and also buys fleeces locally, has the yarn spun for her and dyes it. Sound familiar? Anyway, we have her “Fat Sheep Yarns” and “Silk Spun Cotton”.

We think it’s really important to support the small farmers and businesses/artisans around us. Hope you feel the same way.

We have lots of fingering weight yarn – good for socks, shawls, anything you want. One of those yarns is from ...

Hand Jive Knits, another small business from California – all naturally hand-dyed and great selection of colors.

Jo Sharp has a new yarn out Alpaca Kid Lustre – kid mohair/alpaca mix. Just gorgeous and great pattern support, as usual. Come in and see ...

Lily Chin’s new alpaca/merino mix in multi colors – of course Lily’s patterns are great as ever and she has promised to make an appearance at Woolbearers sometime in October. We’ll keep you posted. As promised, we have finally received our ....

Mountain Colors shipment, lots of Bearfoot sock yarn and Weaver’s wool.

Nomad Yarns from Mongolia is handspun camel in two different weights – worsted and fingering. The name of the nomad spinner is on each label.

Regia’s new sock yarn is bamboo and we have it. It’s also great for baby garments.

Rowan has some new yarns out – Tapestry, which is an alpaca blend and comes in beautiful muted shades of soft stripes. We are also getting their new wool/silk blend in DK weight and finally getting Kid Silk Haze in lots of new colors. We couldn’t resist...

Skacel’s new yarn called Adagio. It’s a llama and silk blend – so soft! You must come in to see The Fibre Company’s Terra yarn – an alpaca/silk/merino blend. We are also getting in Claudia’s Handpaint sock yarn – looks just like Koigu and it’s better, since it is available to us; Knit One, Crochet Two’s PJ yarn – great for making baby items and their Paintbox yarn, which is wonderful for felting. I’m sure I’ve left something out – so you will just have to come to the store to see it all!

Suzie and I have been dyeing up a storm. We had a very successful venture at TKGA and have lots of new yarns in new colorways that we want to share with you. We’re especially pleased with our own “Delaware Valley Ringspun”. We bought about 600 lbs. of fleece from Charlene Carlisle in Mt. Laurel and had some of it spun in a fairly loose twist by Shadyside Farms in Pennsylvania, and then, of course, we dyed it in lots of beautiful colorways. Other new yarns include “Lanamira” a wool/acrylic/cashmere blend, a merino two-ply and a very soft single ply merino that we got from Uruguay. We also have lots of “Alfresco” dyed in tons of new colors.

We’ve got loads of classes. New classes include Sheep to shawl, triangle loom weaving, wet felted rugs, rug hooking, machine knitting, tapestry crochet, knitting tips and techniques, cables, colorwork, modular knitting, cast-ons -- please check the class list for more info.

Woolbearers will be sponsoring a bus to Stitches on Saturday, November 4th. Space is limited, so reserve early. We will be leaving Mt. Holly at 7:45 am and the return trip will be leaving Baltimore at 5:30 pm. Should be back around 8 pm. Cost is TBA. More details at the store.

Remember – the first Friday of every month, is our knitting meet-up group meeting, starting at 6 pm. The South Jersey Handspinners are now meeting at Woolbearers the first Sunday afternoon of the month at 1 pm.

Myra & Suzie

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