DFW Fiber Fest 2017

DFW Fiber Fest is the premier annual fiber event in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.  Held each Spring, DFW Fiber Fest is a locally focused non-profit organization that offers both vendors and classes.  We bring in a juried selection of local and regional fiber vendors (with a few who are from outside of our regional area to spice up the mix).  Educationally, we offer a slate of classes from both nationally known and local teachers in the fiber arts – primarily in knitting, crochet, and spinning.

Mini Nat

My girlfriend Erin, that lives in California….she’s a regular contributor — she has her Granddaughter Natalie, but she’s affectionately called ‘Mini Nat’.  Erin knit this ADORABLE little dress for her.  Not only is it amazing, but it fits her so well.  I love it.  Here are the deets: the dress was knit with Anzula Squishy in color Mauve.  The pattern was inspired by Erika Knight’s book Natural Nursery Knits, but Erin made adjustments to a pattern inside.  The dress doesn’t look much at all like where I started… says Erin!  However/whatever, it’s great!  Thank you Erin~


Zuzu’s Petals

Hello everybody!  Tomorrow launches our Spring Fling KAL featuring Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer.  Start date April 1, finish date April 30.  Our prize will be drawn from finishers May 1.  Please join in the fun and enjoy the launch of Spring.  Pattern available on Ravelry!

Here are some of our finished Zuzu’s.  I thought y’all might want to see how everyone’s turned out.

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival

Registration is open! You may now purchase tickets for admission, classes and special events. Click here to get started.

The website has been redesigned and has a new look and format. The changes we have made will make it easier for you to navigate. If you have any questions we have added a new FAQ page to assist you in finding your way around the website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!!

Do you need a ‘Sweet Distraction’? …another project to knit?????

Jennifer Weissman, or shadystroll, as she’s known by on Ravelry, is a designer.  She designs cowls, shawls and hats.  I am in love with her latest design, Sweet Distraction….now that winter is over.  BUT, fall will come around again, and we’ve all got those gradient kits.  This calls for fingering weight yarn on this cowl.  So if you’ve got fingering weight yarn and aren’t into socks, or need a break from socks — this is for you.  OR, you’ve been wanting to purchase gradient, but don’t know what to knit — this is for you.  LOVE!!  Jennifer used Mariantated Yarns Six Pack Gradient for this project and you can find shadystroll on Instagram, ShadyStroll Knits group on Ravelry, ShadyStroll Knits on Facebook, and here is a link to her patterns on Ravelry! Jennifer is offering a 20% discount on her latest pattern over on Ravelry, using code DISTRACTME at checkout – thank you Jennifer~

Heartland Fiberalooza

A day of yarn, fun, fiber and food! Come see, touch and purchase gorgeous yarn, spinning fiber and finished items from Midwest vendors- most of whom raise, shear, spin and dye their own fiber. Take a class, have breakfast or lunch at our 5 Star Cafe’ Yarnia and shop for unique items only found HERE! Admission for the day is $3 which includes your name in our drawing of fabulous giveaways provided by our generous vendors. Stay tuned for more details!

Hat For Baby

A hat is one of those things that we can whip up and knit rather quickly for a quick gift.  I have always loved the Cascade Yarns Fixation for baby hats.  It’s cotton and it stretches.  It grips baby’s head but also gives and grows with baby.  The colors are fun and there are so many to choose from.  I love the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas hat pattern Easy Roll-Up Hat: DK Version.  It’s well written and has options for larger sizes.

This hat has traveled “across the pond” as they say to England.  I hope they love it!!

Ewe And I

I am *knot* a monogamous knitter, and I’m *knot* a monogamous shopper!

I love yarn shops — HELLO — that’s why I’m America’s Knitting.  I’m all about the yarn shop.  So, a couple posts back, I visited Loose Ends Fiber Arts.  They had asked when I was coming to Centralia, and I finally went.  Well that’s like a two and half hour drive for me.  My husband kept me company, and we brought our dog Mae.  We started off with coffee, made a pit stop, and had lunch after visiting the yarn shop.  Wes walked the dog while I was shopping in the yarn shop, and taking pictures.

Well, not even half an hour down the road is a town called Chehalis.  There is a yarn shop there too, and it’s called Ewe And I.  How could I drive all that way, and not slide into that store?

It has a super fun back story, and unique too!  So, There are two businesses really inside the store; Ewe And I ‘yarn shop’, and Black Sheep ‘Creamery’!  Meg Gregory with her husband Brad Gregory have a farm, and they have sheep, lots of sheep.  So, with the sheep, they get milk and make cheese.  They also get wool, and make yarn.  It’s a going concern, they’ve won awards and you can find their cheese other places besides the yarn shop!  You HAVE to check out their website to really see it all. 

The yarn shop is very nice, they carry lots of yarn, and brands you know.  Notables that I saw… Rowan, Knitted Wit, Jamiesons, Opal, Brown Sheep and of course their own yarn in the natural shades of the sheep.  I did purchase some Knitted Wit, as I have never owned or knit with that yarn and it felt like a special treat.  The store is what I would call full service, in that, they sell yarn and knit, but they also spin and weave.

The ladies were very nice and told me all about the store.  I encourage you to check out their website and of course, the creamery website too.  They are on Facebook as well, so you can keep up even if you can’t make a visit.  Thanks for showing me around Meg and allowing me to take some pictures … I’ll be back~ **you can click on any photo to see it’s larger version**