Illiana Yarn Crawl

Illiana Yarn Crawl

ILLIANA YARN CRAWL  Illiana Yarn Crawl

July 15 – July 24, 2016

10am – 5pm daily

Gather your friends & plan a road trip!

illiana yarn crawl

Passports are available for purchase at The Fiber Closet, on their website or from any of the participating crawl shops.

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City Stitch Yarn Shop of Boonville, IN is the newest shop to join the list of participating shops. See list below.

Nine local yarn shops along the Illinois-Indiana state line are joining together for the Illiana Yarn Crawl.

Passports are only $10 each and entitle you to the following:

  • A 10% discount on regular priced items during a single shopping trip at each store. Some exclusions apply.
  • One official Illiana Yarn Crawl tote*
  • A special discount on the official IYC yarn* and a free pattern that complements the yarn.
  • Door prizes & drawings at The Fiber Closet. Most of the shops will have drawings but it is at the shop owners discretion.
  • Entry into the Crawl Prize drawings. The more shops you visit the greater the prizes you are eligible to win. I will have a list of prizes later.
  • The freebies you receive will more than cover the $10 passport fee.
  • The chance to road trip with friends, make new friends, discover and explore new towns & areas.

*(while supplies last)

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Visit the Illiana Yarn Crawl website for more in-depth details.

Be sure to like the Facebook page to keep up with all the fun through pictures and posts from fellow crawlers.

 

Participating shops:

 

You might be asking why I am promoting the yarn crawl.  My connection is through The Fiber Closet. I sell many of my handmade products in the shop. I help out there occasionally since 5-6 days a week is a lot of time for anyone to maintain a shop single-handedly. The owner, Cheryl Moreo, and I partner in many ventures including fiber shows, online business, joint products, etc. as well as being best friends.

I have met most of the yarn crawl shop owners and find them dedicated, enthusiastic about the yarn shop industry and appreciative of their customers. Anytime I can promote local yarn shops, I jump at the chance. We don’t want to lose our local shops. Online shopping is great and I certainly do my fair share of it. However, online shopping can never replace the care, help, experience you get in your local.

I am sure I will be posting more about the crawl as it gets closer to July. For now though, mark these dates on your calendar and share this with your fiber friends!

Prepping for The Fiber Event

Fiber event prep

I’m prepping for The Fiber Event.

prepping for fiber event

Here are the details of the show:

The Fiber Event 2016
Celebrating 25 Years of Fiber
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

FREE admission! FREE parking!

Putnam County Fairgrounds
Greencastle, Indiana

I always have this grand plan to be ready early so I don’t have to panic.

However, as usual, here it is the week before & I am definitely slipping into panic mode.

I finally switched to a bullet journal instead of my normal planner.  This seems to be working so much better for me. I can brain dump everything I can think of that needs to be done, then I can prioritize and group things together so I am not running back & forth between the computer, the printer and doing “all the stuff”.

This year Cheryl & I have a new layout and vision for our booth. The problem with that is we don’t know yet where our booth will be. The community building at the fairgrounds has been remodeled. The Fiber Event planning committee is re-working the booth layouts and have not yet told us where we will be located. So if you are attending, we may not be in our usual spot, but I am sure you will find us easily.

On to some of the products you will find in out booth this year.  I will have lots of new stitch markers, abacus, pinback buttons and magnets.

fiber event prep

 

I plan to demo bead weaving on a small portable loom so I will have bead kits for sale too. I am only taking a limited selection of coffee mugs & magic wrap skirts this year so buy early.  Cheryl has been dyeing yarn to take this year.  You will not believe all the beautiful spring & summer colors she has prepared.

fiber event prep

She is also taking spinning and weaving supplies as well as needles and hooks.

I could talk about this forever but….I really need to get to work!

Hope to see you at The Fiber Event!

 

Lace Knitting: Getting Started

Lace knitting: Getting Started            Lace Knitting

Lace knitting: Getting started gives you a general explanation of what is involved in learning to knit lace. There is no reason to fear this technique. Lace is simply the art of arranging knits, purls, yarn-overs and decreases in a specific order to create the pattern & fabric you want. There you have it. That’s it. The only techniques you need to know to knit lace are how to knit, purl, yarn-over and decrease! Now admittedly there are variations of these techniques you will use later to create more intricate designs. But for now, we are sticking with a simple plan to take you from swatch to shawl in no time at all.

Tips to get started on the right foot.

  • Yarn – Use a solid color worsted weight yarn to begin. A single ply is perfect, but any worsted you have on hand is fine.  Yarn in a variegated color, while making a beautiful project, is not the best to learn with. The yarn color pattern can make it difficult to see your stitches.
  • Needles – Grip is one of the most essential factors in choosing a needle. You don’t want a needle that is too slick for learning as your stitches will slide right off causing unnecessary frustration. So choose needles made of uncoated metal, plastic or wood to start. You will also want to look for a tip that is not too tapered as this will split your stitches. You may use straight needles or circulars for your first project. You will be knitting back & forth, not in a circle. Straight needles will probably be best and you can save the circulars for when you are knitting more intricate projects with lots of stitches. So let’s start with a straight wood needle that has a fairly blunt tip.
  • Stitch Markers – Stitch markers are your best friend for knitting lace. I recommend a nice set of 10 or so like the ones I list here. But, you can use anything from a loop of different colored waste yarn to a paperclip. As long as it easily fits on your needle it will work.
  • Waste Yarn – You will want to have a few lengths of worsted weight yarn on hand. Two or three strands about 12 – 15 inches long in a different color than your project yarn will be perfect. We will use these as lifelines in our knitting.
  • Notions – A small pair of sharp scissors, bent tip darning needle, t-pins for blocking.

That’s it for this week’s lesson Lace Knitting: Getting Started.

It’s time to gather your supplies and get ready to create your first lace sample. See you next lesson when we learn about knitting the lace swatch.

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