The Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days are happening again this Saturday, February 22nd, in Wayland at the Russell’s Garden Center. You’ll find us vending in the main greenhouse. We’ll have new skeins of handspun yarn, needle felting supplies, and this month we will be bringing deeply discounted grab bags full of locks. They are fantastic for needle felting. Here’s some photo’s from last month.
I enjoy spinning silk. It is a little luxury that is fun to work with. I’ll often spin in silk when I’m spinning sheep fleece. It adds a sheen and an area of interest to art yarn. And it is really fun and easy to spin itself. The fibers are really strong and need to be opened up. They are also really fine and cling to rough hands. I find I need to pamper my hands with lotion for several days before working with silk. The finished yarn adds such a nice edge to knitted items.
This coming weekend, February 15th, I’ll be teaching how to create your very own Henny Penny from my pattern. The class is hosted by A Notion to Quiltin Shelburne Falls. If your interested in joining us please contact them to reserve a spot.
I’m very excited to be opening my studio doors as I participate in this years Crafts of Colrain Studio tour. Come visit me on November 9th or 10th. I’ll have a few peaks at some of my new quilts, hats, and potholders to show you in the coming week.
My two new quilts will be on display. The first is a quilt of Murphy, my friend Carole’s Rooster.
And the second quilt is Henny Penny. This is quilt pattern I will have for sale and is a great quilt pattern for intermediate students.
It so nice to pull out the fun table time activities that have been away all summer. As we adjust to the colder, darker days, and gather around the table or the fire to play. I was reintroduced to this activity recently by a close friend. It requires water, dropper, plastic egg cartons, and food coloring. You fill the egg cartons with water and choose four compartments to hold your base colors. In this case the red, yellow, green, and blue that comes in a food coloring packet. I put in about ten drops. Then the kids (and adults, trust me you’ll want to join in) take the dropper and mix up colors in all the other spaces by taking a little of the base colors and moving them to the other compartments. The colors mix in the water and come out brilliant. Have fun.
On Saturday November 2nd we will be vending at the Franklin County Cider Days. Come on out, try some delicious cider, check out all the apple varieties, and stop by our booth. We’ve been busy making apple themed potholders and warm winter hats.
Apples pictured were harvested from an abandoned orchard and used by us to make cider. So yummy and delicious.