Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting Closer to Christmas . . .

What a busy fall I've had!  Shows and classes and family stuff . . . .  It will go on for another month.  I try not to think about the sheer amount of stuff I've done this fall and have yet to do -- a double baptism, multiple classes, my birthday, Barb's birthday, Pete's birthday, show after show . . . It's all good, though -- fun and profitable for the most part.  I just need a little more sleep.  At least the overnight travel is done with and I can sleep in my own bed.

Scallop season opened last Monday.  It's a good year Peconic Bay scallops -- they are big and plentiful for the first time since 1994.  Pete went out with his scope and net and couldn't believe how easy they were to get.  We ate them almost every night last week (Pete makes a great ceviche), sent some to Clara on the west coast, and brought some up to Barb. We've also packed some away in the freezer, although they are much better eaten the day they are harvested.

Next show up:  I will be at the New Forms Group Annual Fine Art and Craft Show this coming weekend in Remsenburg, New York.  I won't have supplies here -- this show is only for finished work.  Stop by if you are on the South Fork!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Post Fiber Festival of New England

Barb and I hit the ground running after getting home from Rhinebeck two weeks ago.  It was difficult to replenish our stock for the Fiber Festival of New England.  We were dyeing wool and drawing patterns and stitching away like crazy. I managed to get a small round Santa mat hooked and finished the picot edging just in time for the opening of the show on Saturday morning.  Here he is without his edging.  The quills in his beard are not as dark as they look in the photo.

I neglected to take photos of our booth, but you guys have seen it a hundred times before.  I did take some pics of Wool and Dye Work's booth down the row from us.  I love how they hang their swatches and how they hook up the wool they sell so you can see what it will look like in your rug.  They are a nice group of women -- Linda, Diane, Janet, Judy and Margot.  I think that's all of them.  They have a shop in Florence, Massachusetts and will have one of their designs in Rug Hooking Magazine in a month or two.  

And I can't leave without posting photos of two new friends, Belle Star and her sister Viola.

Belle Star
They are Nigerian Dwarf goats incredibly friendly and loving and smart.  They were for sale -- $500 for the pair and they had to go together, because goats do not like to be alone.  I would have bought them if my village allowed livestock.

Now  am off to prepare to teach a class on hooking snowmen on Saturday.  I'm still running as fast as I can.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Stuff to Know

It is a glittering, golden morning here in Greenport today.  I love these fall days, but I am not liking the long, dark nights.

There is some good news for rug hookers, and I am late in posting about it.  But, as you all probably know by now, better late than never is my motto.

Up first:  Wanda Kerr has acquired Magik Carpet Dyes.  These are food grade dyes, supposedly a much healthier product than other dyes.  You can find Wanda and the dyes at Wandaworks.  She is also the owner/moderator of The Welcome Mat and writes Rug Hooking Magazine's dye column.

Second:  Heavens to Betsy has acquired George Kahnle's (Hooked on the Creek) wonderful and whimsical rug hooking patterns.  (Sadly, George passed away a little while ago.)  It is great that George's great talent will be available to rug hookers again.

Third: The Fiber Festival of New England is this coming weekend, November 1 & 2, at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Barb and I will be there, with loads of new stuff.  Please come and see us in booth 457 East.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

I have been thinking about writing long posts about the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival held last weekend in Rhinebeck, but I am so busy trying to restock for the Fiber Festival of New England next week, that I haven't had time to post.  We sold out of so much stuff, my head is still spinning!  It was our most profitable show ever, and I am grateful to all the wonderful people who come to visit us each year.  That said, I have to get back to work dyeing wool and making kits and drawing patterns . . . . . .   So here are some photographs for you to enjoy.
Our booth

Another view of our booth

Yet another

My favorite sheep of the show

This guy was a sweetheart

Our neighbor at the show

Love this woman's baskets -- she's a rug hooker, too!

nice packaging

Goats are my favorites

Sunny skies and colorful trees


Love the topknot

These trees look great every year

More yarn than you can imagine
Another corner of our booth

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rug Hooking Classes at the Farmhouse Quilt Company

I am so very pleased to announce that I will be teaching rug hooking on a regular basis at the delightful Farmhouse Quilt Company in Southold, New York.  All classes run from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Feel free to bring lunch -- coffee and a small snack are provided.  Open hooking is $25 for the day; special classes are priced individually.  For more information or to register, please call (631) 236-6030.


Saturday, October 4           Open Hooking
Tuesday, October 21          Open Hooking

Saturday, November 8       Snowmen Ornaments  $40  (kits provided -- bring your hook & frame)
Tuesday, November 18      Open Hooking

Saturday, December 6        Christmas Ornaments  $40 (kits provided -- bring your hook & frame)
Tuesday, December 9        Open Hooking

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

I still have lots to say about our wonderful trip to Nova Scotia, but I am just too busy getting ready for our fall shows.  I will try to get to all the posts I want to write, But today, I am just posting the information about the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival this coming weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, New York, just outside of the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs.  It takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014, 10 to 5 PM both days.  For more information and a $1.00 of coupon for admission, go to their hem page: adkfiber.com

Hope to see you there!