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Recent Yarnings…. Raga

Shop updated last night! I am getting ready to pack just about all of it off to Maryland Sheep and Wool later this week, so if there’s anything you desire in the shop, please let me know!

I’ve been working on a couple of new things…
Here are the “Raga” yarns. Named for a Sanskrit word that means literally “color, hue, beauty, and melody” and ALSO the term for some really nice Indian music— they are mostly cotton yarns that are complex and so textural. The process of making them is a bit long, but results in a yarn that isn’t too primitive and also very strong and balanced, structurally speaking. I really like it, and hope you do too.  I am dreaming of great summer bags made from it!

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I <3 the homespun yarn party iv


I’m getting plenty excited about the upcoming homespun yarn party.

This year’s is taking place on March 27th, and I am honored to be a part of it once again.  I have been dyeing up a STORM of fiber.  The next 2 weeks will be a frenzy of spinning and making beauty to sell there.  Please come out and visit if you are a fiber aficionado– it’s one of my favorite local events, and a good warm up for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival coming up in May!

Here are the particulars from the site–

About the Homespun Yarn Party

What: Yarn Party! Check out local yarn vendors, sit and knit, meet new people!

Who: All your favorite local yarn dyers and spinners, plus some extra crafty goodness! And all our knitting/crocheting/spinning friends (you!) of course!!

Where: from 2009-2011: Historic Savage Mill 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763 | Just off I-95, plenty of parking! – – check the main page for this year’s date and time

When: Usually the last Sunday in March, 12 PM to 5 PM – check the main page for this year’s date and time

Why: Who needs an excuse to get together and craft?! We wanted to get together and spread some fiber love!

In addition to some great crafty vendors, we also have:

  • free lessons on knitting, crochet, spinning, and maybe more
  • fabulous door prizes to be given away throughout the event
  • weather-permitting, a sit and spin/crochet/knit area out on the deck

And we collect knitted and crocheted items for local charities!

Admission is FREE!

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Only Mostly Wordless.

Rollercoaster of life.

Things are pretty much the same with Miss Chloe.  She has settled back into her old meds.  We return to Reston this Friday to see if Dr. A will make any changes.  It is all sooooo. slooow.  The meds take so long to show if they will benefit at all.  The Doctors … well, are so busy.   We are working on some additional options and now have a case manager to help in the crawl towards wellness.   Phone calls today might mean help in a few days or few weeks.   Lists are long. Improvements are so tiny, if  they come at all, and hope is so hard to believe in.  Alas and alack– it is the only way right now. :)   We’re all hanging in just waiting for a grain of sand to shift and movement towards the positive.  Spring is coming– those few nice days were great, weren’t they?  Got the windows open and made friends with a few more stink bugs.  Going to get the garden catalogues out soon and start to think on this years growings.  Also this years groundhog hunting, else the growings are in vain!

Keeping busy– Chloe is still drawing loads of eyes, writing art-letters, keeping at her school work, and skyping with her cousins.  Lil has been sewing and is about to begin embroidering some dish towels.  She is also getting ready to play cello at her first public appearance!  Very excited about that.

I’ve been doing lots of dyeing and spinning.  Went to a small show last weekend and had a nice day.

Jim has been making some amazing tiny dioramas and was a “Pick of the Week” online and made Flickr’s explore.  Check it out.  I think his new stuff is awesome. ( photo stolen from jim’s blog)

More news as it happens.

Family Art planned for this weekend.



Here are some  days…


What else? Scones. ( In her Coraline sweater)



Other times…

Lil in with the faeries


Pigs in a blanket

Wool for dinner, again.

On “special” last week at Trader Joes

Play it 20 times!

The Indie Artist Celebration

Secret Equipment.


Again with a DAISY!

Prickly snoogling.

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Good morning!

It’s a fog-soup morning here in my crumb of Maryland. I’ve been so busy dyeing and dyeing these past 2 weeks.

I am getting ready for a fiber festival on the Easter Shore of Maryland.

I’ll be teaching a class on Sunday at the Upper Room Studio– More on that next post.

Have a great day!

Here is the scoop from the museum site:

Annual Fall Textile Arts Festival!

Second Saturday

in October 2009!

Don’t Miss It!

The Julia A. Purnell Museum’s annual textile arts festival takes place the second Saturday in October each year .

Festival admission is free, and so is admission to the museum on this day.


Misty Meadow Alpacas
Handpainted yarn, roving, Dorr Mill wool, alpaca fiber rugs, and rag rugs

Seaside Siren
Felted wool bags and jewelry

Embroidered jewelry, buttons, and ornaments

LuckyGirlz Alpacas
Live alpacas! Alpaca products and nature materials jewelry by Green Dog

Daye Dreams and Postage Stamp
Soaps, lotions, and giftbaskets

Home Sweet
Textile company specializing in block printed, environmentally friendly fabrics and home goods in original designs

Pizza Shoppe Inc.
Pizza and other food

ALA Church
Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, etc.

Coastal Cottage Soaps/ Liberto’s Art
Handcrafted natural bath soaps, laundry soaps, dog soap, crocheted spa cloths, dishcloths, and hand-painted canvas floorcloths

The Fine Needle
Snow Hill’s local yarn store

Return to Splendor
Tatted items, knitting accessories, hand-dyed cotton threads for tatting, drop spindles
Upper Room Studio
Handmade fiber creations, spinning and knitting equipment, fibers, etc.

Sage & Thistle
Native American and Southwest style jewelry, including dreamcatcher earrings, beadwork, stone necklaces, dreamcarchers, and sterling silverwork

Gregory Road Handspun
Lovely handspun yarns in a variety of fibers–alpaca, superwash, a variety of wools, and more.

Heidi Wetzel
Traditional and contemporary baskets that are utilitarian and decorative, and woven wall hangings.

Bead Obsessions
Knitting with beads demonstration from 10am – 2pm

Shelby B’s Designs
Stitchmarkers, handpainted yarn, and roving, some inspired by Harry Potter

Bizzie Lizzie Creations
Handcrafted bags, purses, totes, and accessories

Generations Tie-Dye
Hand dyed tie-dyed garments and accessories, including baby/layette, children, adult, scarves, scrubs, playskills, and more

Sand In My Stitches
Hand-painted yarn and stitch markers

Wooly Bear Beads
Hand-made felted bead jewelry

Teresa Levite Studio
Hand-dyed fiber (wool, silk, bamboo, etc) and yarn, commercially dyed spinning fibers, drop spindles and spinning wheels

Society for Creative Anachronism
Demo of Middle Ages fiber arts and clothing


Julia A. Purnell Museum
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Forecast: A lovely yarnish day ahead

Hello!  Anybody in here???

I just can’t seem to post with any frequency– but I will catch up eventually.

You can be sure that life is stomping ahead full speed, whether or not I am taking pictures and writing about it!

The past 2 weeks have been ruled by my return to Montessori School of Pouring and Polishing.  It is nice to be back amongst my ever inspiring co-workers there.  These weeks also marked the return of my very own poppets to school.  That is exhausting enough!  We’re all doing fine; adjusting our internal and external alarm clocks.  :)

I wanted to let you know that along with all of the life stuff to catch up about, there are also some fibery happenings.  I’ll be at Hampden’s Lovelyarns 4th annual Trunk Show this coming Saturday.  I am so excited to be a vendor and also to see the lovely fibers sure to be there!   I’ll have a bouquet of handspun yarns, a caboodle of hand blended hand dyed batts, and oodles of rovings and other fuzzy oddments.  Here is the announcement straight from the Lovely Source.  Please come out and play!

Also ahead in October–  A fiber festival in Ocean City, MD and a spinning class in said hamlet of fiber!  Stay tuned!

Lovelyarns Trunk Show


Lovelyarns’ back porch and parking pad
846 w. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

Driving Directions


September 12, 2010

1:00  to 6:00 PM

Add to my calendar


Please come to the 4th Annual Lovely Trunk Show, for the biggest selection and most fun yet!

There will be food and wine, and Lovely cupcakes from  Halliecakes!

Each year we throw this party to celebrate our anniversary in September, and it is hard to believe we are starting our fifth year in business.

This year we have even more vendors, and will be taking over the parking lot!

Here’s this year’s lineup:
  • Abstract Fibers **
  • Angel’s Kiss Alpacas
  • Blue Heron Yarns
  • The Alpaca Yarn Company
  • Dyed Bright Here **
  • Gnomegarden (handspun & ROVING) **
  • Shalimar Yarns
  • Snallygaster Fibers **
  • Woolarina

And Designs from the Edge** retro-inspired hip, original clothing and accessories!
** New this year!

We’ve e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d

the hours this year !

Come any time between 1:00 and 6:00 for the most amazing selection of yarn & accessories ever.

(Yes, we will still be giving out tickets just so there is enough room for everyone. but you can drink and eat cake while you’re waiting!)
And since the hours are expanded, there is no need to come early. The selection will still be outstanding at 5:00, and the crowd should be smaller.

As always, there is no charge  to attend, and parking is free on Sundays in Hampden!
The food and drink is on us as a “thank you” for being such wonderful  loyal customers for the past 4 years.

Hope to see you there!

Sue Caldwell

(410) 662 – 9276

(NOTE to yarnaholics: If you are worried about compulsive yarn buying, please come prepared . Bring a pattern you’ve been wanting to knit or crochet so we know exactly how many yards you need. Then you can limit yourself and buy guilt-free. Results not typical. Side effects may occur.)

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