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!
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.
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.
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!
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
The Pussy Hat project was so successful that a number of scientists who are knitters (or knitters who happen to be scientists?) have designed hats, headbands, and armbands with symbols that reflect their field. You can find them here. Here’s a link for information about the March for Science on April 22nd. However, other marches are being held more locally in Lancaster and Concord.
As the snow melts, trash begins appearing on our roadsides, and I remember the Keep America Beautiful campaign which was so vocal in my childhood to counter the litter problem. Every Earth Day, local groups–church youth groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts–would walk the roads picking up trash. So while walking, or marching, don’t forget a receptacle to pick up the trash you pass.
Plans for the 2nd Annual Great Northern Yarn Haul are in the works. Thus far, 22 shops will be participating. Unfortunately one shop, White River Yarns, closed, but we have picked up 7 new shops, including What a Yarn in St. Albans, Scratch in Lebanon, Ewe-forium in Newport, Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery Center, The Yarn Sellar in York, and Whippletree Yarn Shop in Woodstock. Check out Great Northern Yarn Haul’s Facebook page to keep updated.
It’s not all about knitting and crocheting. There is needle felting, too. Needle felting is when you use a barbed needle to poke unspun wool into a desired shape. If you search on line, especially Pinterest, you will see beautiful examples of needle-felted figures, usually animals. I can’t guarantee your needle felted sheep will look as good as those, but I can guarantee that you’ll leave the class with one. We’ll be needle-felting on Saturday, April 8th, from 10:30-12:00. $10 covers the materials and instructions.