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Lost and Found.

Found in the wild today:

Lost: marbles.

Tomorrow is the last possible dyeing day!  I am trying to get as much stuff ready as I can.  Tune in for a Friday update!

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Homespun Yarn Party-palooza and some fibery photos.

It’s that time of year again!!!
I am impatiently awaiting the Homespun Yarn Party–
( click to visit, natch)

Here are the stats, straight from the site–

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: Historic Savage Mill |8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763 | Just off I-95, plenty of parking!

When: Sunday, March 21, 2010 – 12 PM to 5 PM

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’ll 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’ll be collecting knitted and crocheted items for local charities!

Admission is FREE!

I can tell you that this is the most amazing day of fiber fun and community!  I am delighted to be a vendor there again this year.  I will have loads of hand spun and fiber–batts & rovings– to tempt you.  Please come enjoy the day with us!

I also happen to have a few photos in their contest.  Voting is open until this Friday– go vote for your faves, there are some lovelies!!  You can see them on  here.

I’ve got 30 pounds of fiber in my Rumpelstiltskin-world right now.  More news and photos to follow!

xo Dawn

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Back again. BIG Summer Sale!

( clickable)– Thanks to jim for helping.

I have been at the beach again.  With the whole family this time– hedwig and esme too!

Besides that…

I had my kitchen “stealth-cleaned” by the dear Erin while I was away last time. ( you KNOW that is a wunder-friend!!)

I cleaned my fridge. Every little bit of it.

The pool is up ( and has a lot of walnuts in it)

I painted the poppets room. Alot.

I carded and am spinning the jacob fleece from MDS&W.

Am making progress on the tiniest pair of pink socks ever, the nightsongs shawl and the beach-begotten pink lacey-leggy socks.

I promise to fill in the blanks with pictures in the next few days… it is summer, after all.  I am busy living the life. :)   Summer goes by in a blink.  Almost unbearably so.


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Fiber Bender

I am maybe recovering from one….

I had the greatest spinny-girl episode last week.
It was off to Camp Pluckyfluff with me. I got to spend time in the company of not only the lovely Lexi, but met a few new-friend wonderful spinners, and also got to see some spinny friends that I have not seen in a while!  It was really fun and challenged my spinning in some new ways. Then it was a full weekend of the MD Sheep and Wool Festival!  Such a wet weekend, but we got to see some woolie-wonders, and buy some woolie-wonders, and I took a really great class from Judit MacKenzie McCuin and learned more about wheel mechanics than I could have dreamed! That woman is brilliant as can be. I am a bit tired tonight so I’ll slip to photos. As soon as I can, I will show you the spinnings from classes and get all of the goodies I have left up on etsy. I am aiming for tomorrow!  Thanks from the bottom of my fibery-soul to everyone who stopped into the Cloverhill booth and purchased my yarn and fiber.  I hope you enjoy using it as much as I did making it!

NO bones… the REAL reason SOME people go….  Seriously.

Then of course for the SOME SHEEP.

Marigold rocked the camera here–

I got a nice little Jacob fleece.   I have been longing to spin one of these because of a Cloverhill customer who spins them over and over and makes the most gorgeous sweaters.  First the “processing” part, which is just a nice way of saying that I have to hand wash out a years worth of unmentionable molecules.  I have never longed to do that.  Ever. YIP!

I bought NO sheep and NO goat, though I wish I had. :)   One of these years….

2 loverly skeins of Fleece Artist wanted to make a getaway from their booth and stow-awayed in my bag. They told me that they would love the be the Nightsongs shawl which Coleen has tormented me into making– that saucy temptress! They are peacock-ee in color and full of sea silk. Yum.  Actually they were called “mermaid” I think.  Natch.  Then I got a few equipment and  maintenance items.  My old Ashford Traditional wheel got a pampering and spa-night on my return and I swear, is so happy.  I have never been one to personify my wheel, but if it were one of those namey ones, it would probably be squealing  with delight and asking to marry me. :)

Meanwhile… At a secret meeting room in Hyattsville…

Lexi Boeger, Molly Miller by appt. , Liz aka the amazing Hobbeldehoy, Cindy of Studioloo ( go gnomes!), Beth of Double-stars, Jonathan the DC potter extraordinaire, Red Hot Steph of Loop, Kate of Dragonfly fibers, dear Tal (write!), and Stacey are all pictured below. I so enjoyed spending a couple of days and spinning with you!  I had serious withdrawal Monday morning!

The only unanswered question?  WHY IS IT CALLED A LAZY KATE??  Someone must know right?

Now that you have suffered through wooly overload, you might demand to know WHO is the big WINNER of the “Your Own Private Fiber” contest?  It’s YOU Chronographia!!!  The random generator picked you, plus that was one smokin’ knock-knock joke.  I’ll find you.

More tomorrow– Hey!  It’s raining again!

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That Yarn Party.

Doing a little catching up here–

The Homespun Yarn Party was so wonderful.  I still feel sort of high thinking about it.  The space at Savage Mill was awesome;  The party-goers were a raucous and lovely bunch;  AND I got to hang out with my sister Matryoshka all day!

Folks were so friendly and seemed to be having a great time.  There was really good ice cream. :)

Hanging out at the yarn shop, I get to hear a lot of feedback on it from local attendees, and I’d say it was a 2nd year gargantuan-success.  What I most appreciated about it was the spirit of community that filled the whole day.  The volunteers rocked, there were great classes and the overall niceness-and-wonderment of ravelry ran like an electrical current through it all.  I was on crutches with my retarded knee and so didn’t get to shop around– but I saw a lot of nice things come by our booth!  I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by and said hi, and bought yarn/fiber.  It was a really fun day!  I can’t wait for next year!  In the shorter term though– please look for me and my fibery-wares at 2 upcoming events–

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival YAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!

May 2nd and 3rd

at Cloverhill Yarn’s Indie-fiberpalooza booth

Main exhibition hall D2, D3

The Maryland Faerie Festival

May 16th and 17th

Stay tuned for Surgical Vacation: episode 1– Knee Sculpture

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