Saturday, August 26, 2006

Still life.... a woman and her yarn.... will not be separated. Linda brightens our day with her lovely smile and kindness and encouragement. She loves our yarn and lets us know as often as possible. That is all handpaint in those bags.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

We are all goddesses.....whether we know it or not. This little gal is an example of what Rosemary Dunaif is going to teach in her Goddess class in the fall. She is embellished with needlefelting, embroidery, charms, sequins, you name it. She is also zoftig.

The student can express themselves through, as Rosie says, 'Creating this personal icon (or Goddess doll) is an intuitive process which often results in the "working through" of issues or "knots" in our lives. Alternatively, you can create a goddess doll celebrating the person you are and any milestone in your life. Come with an open mind and a willingness to have fun and "let go"! '

Woolbeares class list is becoming more diversified. We added machine knitting taught by Yvonne Bingham. Yvonne teaches machine knitting at FIT! How lucky are we to have someone of her knowledge and ability? Makes me want to get that machine out today! We are going to concentrate on the popular Bond machine, because that is easily available and easy to operate. More later...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

This is Oscar Wild, by the way.

We had a pretty nice day today for a knitting shop, considering it is August. South Jersey Handspinners met in the afternoon to spin and several gals came to knit. I think people are starting to look to the fall and cooler weather and thinking of things that compliment that. Several new weavers and spinners came in this weekend, excited about up coming classes. We are sponsoring a bus trip to Stitches Baltimore in November and it is almost full! That is an indication to me that heat and sand do have a shelf life. But fiber endures forever. Or something like that.

Lots of baby things being knitted around Woolbearers. I think several new sock yarns are responsible for the craze; Regia Bamboo and Regia Silk. The book name escapes me at the moment but will post it later. It's Regia something or other with wonderful baby patterns. And we got the new Bouton d'or Baby Book; oh my gosh, I don't care if I never have a grandchild, I'm definitely knitting something out of it.

The new Rowan magazine came in, and I want to knit three things right away; a gorgeous off the shoulder, collared, cabled sweater, a felted purse of Tapestry, (to die for) and a drop shoulder sweater. (My shoulders are the only part of my body that doesn't have crapey, cellulitie skin.)

The new Interweave Knits Magazine is also a treasure trove of patterns. Even the 'arty' stuff appeals to me. The amazing thing, I feel, is that the designers of these publications are able to continually turn out such beautiful, wearable garments.

Dog With Icelandic Cardigan Never have I seen a more perfect fair isle yoke. I'll try to take a better picture to show the symmetry, but look at that face. And he loves yarn, too.