Bus trip to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Join Stacey Allen of Cleveland Metroparks on an adventure to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. We will spend all day Saturday shopping at the festival for fiber, yarn, equipment, patterns, ideas and more.

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival includes hundreds of vendors from all over the country that include everything that a fiberholic could ever need, plus 5 hours each way of hands-free driving allowing plenty of time for UFOs or start new projects on the way home!

Bus ride is $85 per person, and space is limited. Registration is required. Call 216-206-1000 to reserve your spot.

We will leave Fairview Park at 10 am on Friday, May 1st, 2015, and return approximately 10:30 pm on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. Cars can be left at the Ranger headquarters overnight. Friday evening we will have dinner at May’s Seafood Restaurant (not included).

Hotel will be the Comfort Inn, Red Horse of Fredrick, MD (not included). Price is $90 per room (1-4 people). Bus will drop us off at the opening of the festival on Saturday and will depart from the festival at 5 pm.

Susan Conover studio sale

Susan Conover is having a sale! See her web site for more details.

Meeting this week, July 18th

Our monthly meeting will be moved to this Friday, July 18th, due to a scheduling conflict with the library. Please join us for some spinning fun.

Take a spin at Sunny Meade Alpacas

[Updated to fix link!] Calling all spinners! Sunny Meade Alpacas, located in Swanton, OH, is having a handspinning event, Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. In the morning, by a lottery draw, each participating spinner will receive a 2 oz. bag of fleece of one of the alpacas on the farm. The participants will then card and spin the fiber into a finished skein for judging later in the day. Prizes will be awarded to the top handspun skeins. One of the best parts of the event is that you’ll be sitting amongst the alpacas in the pasture while you are spinning their fleece!

Cost: $35 (Box Subway lunch and beverage is included.)

Email sunnymeade@windstream.net or post to the Sunny Meade Alpacas Facebook page for an entry form. Register now, pasture space is limited.

Meeting starts late this Friday, April 25th

We’re meeting this Friday at 11:30 am due to room availability. See you soon!

Meeting a tad late this Friday, January 24th

We’re meeting this Friday at 11:30 am due to room availability and will need to be out of the room by 3 pm for the next group. And look, 2014 dates have been posted, so you can mark your calendars to join us and not miss a minute of the fun. See you there.

October meeting cancelled

The October trip to Elly Rose’s farm has been cancelled. No meeting is scheduled for October. If you would like to coordinate an informal meeting, please feel free to communicate in the comments section of this post. You can subscribe to comments to follow that conversation by clicking the box below.

Important! Change in venue for October 25th meeting

Our usual library location is not available this month, so member Elly Rose is kindly opening her farm for a day of outdoor fun and adventure. Natural dyeing and good times will ensue. Contact Elly directly for directions, timing, and coordinating any food contributions, and anticipate about a two-hour drive from the Cleveland Heights area. Overnight accommodations are possible if you want the full camping (not necessarily outdoors) experience. See you there!

July meeting this Friday, 7/26

Will you join us at the Orange Public Library this Friday for our regular monthly meeting? Arrive at 9:30 am (or whenever you like) and stay until 3:00 pm (or whenever you feel ready to leave). Bring a brown bag lunch if the mood strikes you or if you think you’ll be hungry watching other people eat midday.

And don’t forget to bring your dye day show and tell so that we can ooh and aah over it. We hope to see you there!

Dye day this month, Friday, June 28th

The event you’ve been waiting for all year is soon to be here: the annual dye day at Jean’s house. Come get your color fix when the festivities begin at 9:00 am. The traditional midday potluck lunch will happen when we get hungry, so please bring a dish to share. Dessert, salad, lunch item, whatever. The day will go until we decide we’re done, as usual.

Natural dyes, including indigo, will be available, and Jean procured some Procion MX dyes that go with the techniques used in Color by Accident. The dye colors correspond with different seasons of the year. Remember to soak your yarn or textiles ahead of time and to treat them with alum if you want to use natural dyes. Instructions for how to do that can be found here.