Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lakeside yarn crawl!!

 

Hello Everyone,

The Lakeside Yarn Crawl is officially underway,  and I am thrilled to be a
part of it,  just to let you know how this fantastic yarn crawl works...just
click on the link below to get the whole story...
http://lakesideyarncrawl.blogspot.ca/
 

The June 30th post has the info.
There are also a couple of posts about what you will get when you go to some
of the shops!!

Plus, I have the passports here, and ready for you to pick up..just pop
on in,  get your Passport and free bag of lovely Maple Black, Maple Cream or
Maple Blueberry tea, pack up the car and head out on a summer adventure!
Personally, I cannot imagine anything more fun...summer days, new yarn
shops, lots of great yarn,  and at the end, when you hand in your completed
Passport? wow, a chance to win an incredible basket filled with enough
treasures to make any fibre artist swoon, lol!!

So, check  it out, get your Passport, take lots of photos to share and hit
the road!!
See you soon....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Canada Day celebration!!

 

What a great time we had, the weather didn't start out very well and we got a slow start, but the sunshine poked through, the awning went up and then out came all our incredible buntings!

I know there were well over a hundred of them, crocheted and knitted, decorated with flowers, in so many colours! It was amazing to see them unfold...took Jessie and I a few hours to crochet them all together...but the end result was terrific as you can see!

 

We hung buntings inside, we hung buntings outside, we hung them across the front door, and then we all settled in on our lawn chairs to knit, crochet, hook, and spin and felt! People stopped by and checked out what we were doing..the street was closed and that enabled people to just walk everywhere, enjoy a hot dog, watch the pie eating contest, try out the wet felting..it was just a terrific day all around!

 

I thank you all for coming out and spending your day with us, and for making all those "bunts"  (who knew that was what they are called? lol!)....and a belated Happy 147th Birthday Canada!!!






Happy Knitting,

Lynn

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fibre Arts Retreat!!


 
 

 

   
 THE THIRD ANNUAL PURPLE SOCK FIBRE ART RETREAT
 
I  am SO EXCITED to be offering this to you again this year..here are some highlights of what you will be enjoying
 
Two nights lodging ( either a shared room or a private room..your choice) but, of course, a little extra if you choose a private room
 
A "Welcome" Wine & Cheese on your first night..
 
 
A mini workshop to make our name tags to wear for the Retreat.
 
SIX ( Count 'em - SIX) meals that you do not have to think about, shop for, prepare or clean up after!! Plus lots of snacks in our lounge in the evenings...
 
Several FREE mini-workshops from which to choose if  you wish, or you can just rest,relax, lounge and knit,take a walk...YOUR retreat..YOUR choice
 
A gorgeous Common Room where you can leave your spinning wheel, rug hooking frame, knitting bag...whatever) always locked and always safe..
 
And BEST OF ALL....TWO DAYS of whatever you want to do without a telephone, fax machine, t.v. or spouse/kids to bug you ( oops, I meant interfere with your projects)!
 
The Date:  Sunday, October 5th through Tuesday, October 7th
 
The Place: YMCA Geneva Park , located on Rama Rd. just past the Casino. This is not a posh resort but has beautiful grounds (walking trails), and great  food, and clean rooms with a balcony...what more could you want!!  There are photo’s of the facility here:
 
The Cost: $425.00 for double, which includes HST, all your meals,and lots of fun,and time to work on your UFO’s.
 
There is a $65.00  premium for single room. Please let me know when registering if there is someone with whom you want to share your room.
A deposit of $200.00 will be due by June 30th
 
 
 Please note this deposit is non refundable unless I can find someone to take your spot.
 
Please  also note there are stairs to climb as our lounge is on the second floor and there is no elevator.
 
Space is very limited so let me know asap if you are interested in joining us.
 
 
We will start our Retreat with a Wine and Cheese, "meet and greet" before our Sunday evening meal.
On Monday we will have a morning workshop (see below for your choice of 3 different classes) and then
on Monday afternoon, there will be a choice of 3 additional classes.
 
 
On Monday evening, we will have our fabulous Show and Tell!, and a swap table (more info to follow).
 
 
On Tuesday, we will have a workshop in the morning which will be something we can all do, so I will not tell you what it is, it will be a surprise!!
 
Then after lunch you will have a bit more time to finish up before we depart in the afternoon.
 
 
Please let me know as soon as you can if you will be attending, and send me your workshop choice, whether you require a shared or single room, and if you know with whom who you are sharing, if you don’t have a room-mate I will gladly find you one.
 
I have attached a registration form for you to fill out and send back to me.
 
     
Morning Classes
 
KUMIHIMO WORKSHOP
 
Workshop Leader: Carolyn Houlden
 
Learn the traditional art of Kumihimo, a form of Japanese braiding. The combinations of colours and patterns in these lovely braids are almost limitless, and are a great way to use up leftover yarn! Resulting products include bracelets, necklaces and trims. Each participant will be given the materials to complete a sample braid. A second project will incorporate beads into a key chain braid. Participants will be given instructions for several pattern variations that can be done later, using their own yarn and the tools given out in class.
 
$15.00 materials fee ( this might be changed by a few dollars up or down once we find out the real cost of the supplies)
 
 
Penny Rug Workshop
 
Workshop leader: Gayle Gunby
 
Penny rugs originated in Victorian times as a way to use up little pieces of left-over woolen material. In this workshop we will create a decorative little piece for your home using woolen material and the “blanket stitch” A kit will be supplied with all that you will need to complete your project.
 
$6.00 materials fee.
 
Entrelac  Cowl
 
Workshop leader: Lynn Stitchman
 
This is a great technique to learn , looks so impressive but is really not that hard. You can make a cowl, socks, or whatever look extra special!!
 
In this workshop we will learn to knit entrelac two ways ...flat and also, in the round!  We will begin a gorgeous cowl done with entrelac ( to be finished on your own.)

Here is a link to the pattern we will be using:
You will have enough yarn to complete the pattern.
 
$16.00 Materials fee
 
 
AFTERNOON CLASSES
 
Needle Felted Journal Cover....
 
Workshop Leader: Debbe Bloom
 
 
With all our computers, lap tops and tablets..it is still often nice to just hold one of these soft ,beautiful, needle felted journals in your hand. I use mine as travel journals, as small photo albums to hold photos of my various knitting and felting projects, and as quick, wonderful gifts for friends and family.
 
By using pre- felt, you can skip the wet felting part, and get right to needle felting on your "pretties"... small pieces of Sari silk, bits of Wensleydale curly locks, some tiny bits of silk roving, perhaps some lovely Noro bits you have left over from the sweater you just finished.

Your $10.00 kit fee will cover the pre-felt, needle, bits and pieces of little embellishments, and of course, a lined journal to use in any way your wish...feel free to bring some small "felt-able"( i.e. woolen) pieces if you wish.
 
You will soon be making these as gifts for everyone!
 
 The “Fish lips Kiss Heel”
Workshop leader: Cathy McCracken
Do heel flaps make you dotty?
Picking up how many? Really?
Does the phrase 'knit to the gap' make you scream WHAT GAP?????
There is a solution. Simple. The 'Fish lips kiss heel' has come to your rescue.
This workshop will teach you to make a template for any foot, then use that template for a sock that fits. EVERY TIME. It can be used toe up or top down, whichever you prefer. Any method for knitting in the round works too!!
For homework, have a sock cast on and either knit to the point you'd normally start the heel flap (for the top down fan) or to the point you'd normally begin your gusset increases (for the toe up aficionados). Cathy recommends a light to medium colour yarn with a high twist for your first pair.
We will create the heel on your sock and  explore different methods for knitting in the round i.e. 2 circular, magic loop and very short circular.
 
Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl
 
Workshop leader: Lynn Stitchman
 
Does this sound intriguing!! This is a great way to use up all those little bits of leftover fingering weight (sock ) yarn. This shawl uses about 150gms of leftover yarn joined to make a “Magic cake” with a niffy little knot that we will learn. In this workshop we will all bring our leftover sock yarns to share (no leftovers?...not to worry, just either buy a 100 gm skein of sock yarn or have me bring one for you)  These will all be sorted into piles and then we will pick our colours for our shawls, learn to do the knot and put them together and start our Magic Cake Ruffle shawls!
 
 Materials fee: $6.00
 
Happy Knitting
Lynn
The Purple Sock
13 Coldwater Rd.

Coldwater Ontario
 
L0K 1E0
705 686-3455