August 2014
Countrywool News

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August is the month for weaving and spinning. The knitted lace projects and baby sweaters are already on the needles and need finishing, but working with cotton at the loom and sitting at the wheel spinning wool/angora blends feels SO right in the humidity and heat. There are 2 spinning opportunities on Monday nights this month, so if you are thinking of joining us for a class,
we would love to see you! 
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As for weaving, this ASHFORD 4 SHAFT fold-able floor/table loom is set up in the shop, and starting this Sunday, I will be working on it for a few hours each week starting at 11am. I like to weave my own dishtowels with unmercerized cotton as I find them fabulous for kitchen/house work. If you are interested in weaving, you are welcome to come and observe. If you have a table loom and want to bring and work on that, you are encouraged. This informal work/study group will meet  5 times and we'll see what comes after.

August is also the month we celebrate the birthday of ELIZABETH ZIMMERMANN...our favorite knitting guru. Back in the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's, she was a beacon of light for novice knitters who longed to break free of conventional knitting directions. Sunday, August 10, we'll have a POT LUCK LUNCH and knit/spin/weave a long. If you are a Zimmermann fan, please bring your favorite knit projects that feature her designs for show and tell. I'll have a trunk load of them!


Simplicity at Countrywool

New colors, new yarns and new spinning fibers have been steadily arriving at the shop. We've just added machine wash and dry yarns for gift knitters...SIMPLICITY, FIXATION and PERFECTION will take the worry out of what will happen when to your hand knits when laundered. Plus 8, count 'em, new wool roving colors for spinning, as well as alpaca and merino/silk/silver blends. AND, new angora/wool blends are coming off the Patrick Green carder every day.
See what's in stock right now.

And remember...want something delivered to your door?
There is always free shipping on orders over $50!

Knitting and spinning groups in Columbia County are getting organized on FACEBOOK's Hudson NY Knitting and Fiber Circles group page. I have enjoyed getting to know a few new folks, and some old friends, while knitting (and chatting) away. Right now I am finding time to be in town on Wednesdays and Thursdays til the end of the summer. These groups are VERY welcoming, so feel free to come and sit for a spell!

If you love free patterns and quick knit ideas, you will find Countrywool's daily post on Facebook very useful.  "LIKE" the page to get the patterns in your daily news feed.


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