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The Call of the Wool

 

As the petals of the hydrangea blush into pink and the leaves on the maple pop orange overnight, the call of wool tugs knitters and crocheters into the yarn store to sniff out their next project.  They squeeze skeins and flip through magazines in search of the perfect fall project to ease them into winter.  The Fall Interweave Knits issue is just the magazine for them.  It has twelve patterns for pullovers and cardigans, all of which are interesting, modern, and beckon to the knitter.  I had a hard time deciding which ones to highlight, but two weaknesses intervened:  fair isle and men.  The Prairie Wind Cardigan by Amy Gunderson is a knit-in-the-round, steeked hoodie, a perfect blend of traditional and modern.  The Nelson Pullover by Irina Anikeeva takes its queue from athletic wear with a drawstring tie on a cowl neck.  The Whiskey Creek Pullover by Amy Christoffers has a shawl collar which is reminiscent of the military pullovers of the 40’s and 50’s.  All are worsted weight and knit in the round for the majority of the body, which is my preference when knitting sweaters.  Come in and take a look!

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Who Won?

During the Great Northern Yarn Haul,  Love.Yarn.Shop., like many of the shops, held a drawing for a grand prize.  Anyone who participated in the Haul and visited the shop entered the drawing.  The winner is…Nancy Lyndes!  She won a gift card for $25, a skein of Good Karma Farm alpaca/wool yarn, 2 skeins of Swans Island Rambouillet, 3 skeins of a bulky hand-painted merino from Ella Rae, and a skein of superwash extra fine merino from Ella Rae.  Congratulations, Nancy!  Participants who visited 20 or more shops will submit their “passports” by July 31st for the grand drawing worth over $500!  We can’t wait to see who wins that!

Be Still My Beating Heart

That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I am unpacking new color ways from Round Mountain Fibers: Luna Moth, Hubbard’s Caterpillar, Robin’s Nest, Mandarin Duck and Bufflehead.  The dyer, Monica MacNeille, captures the colors of the birds and butterflies beautifully.  There are many fine dyers, but Monica has an incomparable eye.  Come see her yarns first hand.

Bethlehem Summer Fun for Families

Who would have thought that in one short Main Street, so much could be happening for kids and families?  Wednesdays the Patchwork Players perform at 11:00 at the Colonial; on Tuesday mornings, free golf lessons are given to children at the Bethlehem Country Club from 9:30-12:00 and on Friday mornings at 8:30 for more advanced players.  The public library has a summer reading program on Tuesdays at 11:00.  On Sundays, the whole family can enjoy concerts at the Gazebo from 6-8 with hot dogs and hamburgers available.  The playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, and skate park are all right off the Main Street.  Of course, ice cream, donuts, and iced coffees beckon families for a little respite from the sun and fun.  Saturday mornings the Farmer’s Market offers fresh vegetables, craft beer, and other locally crafted products.  Put on your calendars August 12th for Old Home Day and Art Walk, when the town will be busting out with activities!  I’m so glad to have my shop in this little town!

Great Northern Yarn Haul has begun!

The second annual Great Northern Yarn Haul begins today, Friday, July 7th.  From 5-7, we have door prizes, nibbles and sips, and great company!  With a $20 purchase at Love.Yarn.Shop. you get your tote bag, brochure, and goody bag with the ticket for the door prize drawings and a ticket for the LYS grand prize, Paula’s Leaping Sheep tea cozy pattern,  a glass Love.Yarn.Shop. nail file, and discount coupons from local shops,  Can’t make the party?  Starting Friday, come in during the day to get your tote and get started!  We have 23 shops participating this year.  Check out Great Northern Yarn Haul for more information.

For World-Wide Knit in Public Day

Go forth with your needles and hooks

Work your wool in a public place!

Declare to all that you are one with

animal husbanders, spinners, lovers of handmade

sweaters and hats and mittens

and all things created with your two hands

to clothe and warm this naked, fragile race.

Welcome Blankets–Welcoming In, Not Walling Out

Thirty-two hundred blankets.  That is how many blankets are needed to create a length of warm, welcoming yarn as long as the concrete wall planned by Trump:  2000 miles of wall.  The 40″ x 40″ blankets knitters and crocheters are making will be displayed at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago beginning July 17th, so the needles are clicking away across the country right now. After the display of protest ends on December 17th, the blankets will be distributed to resettlement organizations for refugees and immigrants.  If you want to participate, check out their site Welcome Blanket.

World-Wide Knit in Public Day–Saturday, June 10th

Save the date to join us on the sidewalk at Love.Yarn.Shop. for World-Wide Knit in Public Day.  Starting at 11:00, we’ll be knitting or crocheting street-side!  Bring your chair, lunch, and project.  I’ll provide lemonade/iced tea and cookies.  We’ll move indoors if it rains.  See you then!

Mother’s Day = NH Sheep and Wool Festival!

For many of us, the summer of fiber festivals is heralded in by the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival in Deerfield on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th and 13th.  I look forward to the lobster rolls, also first of the season for me, as much as I look forward to reconnecting with my favorite dyers, admiring the animals, and keeping my eye out for something new and unusual.    We’ll be carpooling from Love.Yarn.Shop. at 9:00 on Sunday morning.  Call to reserve a space in one of the vehicles.  If you haven’t been to this festival before, check out this year’s booklet on their website.   http://nhswga.com/sites/default/files/2017_booklet_online.pdf

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